New York, New York – United States Senate candidate Chele Farley (R, C, Reform) today called out incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for her pre-election pledge to "get rid of ICE" should Democrats win a majority of Congressional seats in the November contests. The remarks came during a panel discussion at Central Park summer festival OZY Fest. Said Gillibrand: "So when we flip the House and flip the Senate, I think the first thing we should do is deal with the children who have been separated from their families at the border. I think we should get rid of ICE.” Gillibrand previously became the first US Senator to call for the elimination of the border security and law enforcement agency.
"Kirsten Gillibrand's priorities are not just out of touch with average New Yorkers, they're potentially deadly. Her dangerous pledge to eliminate ICE would make us less safe and comes at a moment when Long Island and New York remain in the grip of fighting MS-13. By enshrining this plan as her top post-2018 legislative priority, Senator Gillibrand proves she is only interested in running for President instead of delivering on real issues that matter to New Yorkers," said Farley.
ICE was created in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The agency protects New Yorkers from terrorism and drug- and human-trafficking, in addition to performing other law enforcement functions. According to its website, ICE made 4,818 criminal arrests in the 2017 fiscal year, including taking 796 MS-13 gang members off the streets.
Said Farley: "Kirsten Gillibrand doesn't work for New Yorkers. She's too busy running for President to fight for the issues that would make our state a better place to live, work and raise a family. Now she's calling ICE her number-one political target in 2019, putting Empire State families at risk."