New York, New York - U.S. Senate Candidate Chele Farley, (R, C, Reform) called on her opponent Kirsten Gillibrand to make her position on ICE clear after her spokesman yesterday tried to revise her controversial remarks while continuing to claim that “ICE is not working for New York.”
Yesterday, in response to Farley’s criticism, Gillibrand spokesman Glen Caplin, in a statement to The Buffalo News said in part that “ … ICE is not working for New York.”
Farley slammed that assessment and called on Gillibrand to explain to the families of victims of MS-13 how “ICE is not working for New York.”
“ICE is working for New York by leading the fight against MS-13, rooting out criminals, pedophiles, sex traffickers and other even darker threats who are illegally in our country. Kirsten Gillibrand owes it to the victims of MS-13, to communities on Long Island living in terror to explain how ICE is not working for them,” said Farley.
According to its website, ICE made 4,818 criminal arrests in 2017, including taking 796 MS-13 gang members off the streets. This ongoing effort included a five-day period, ending July 20, where ICE arrested 65 individuals for violating U.S. immigration laws in New York City, and on Long Island. According to ICE, of those arrested, 29 individuals “had prior felony convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as sexual offenses, weapons charges, and assault, or had past convictions for significant or multiple misdemeanors.”
In recent days, in the wake of Farley’s criticism Gillibrand has muddled her position on abolishing ICE, but the record is clear.
Gillibrand has been a national leader in opposing ICE. On June 28, in the wake of the Ocasio-Cortez primary, Gillibrand, became the first U.S. Senator to call for the abolition of ICE saying we “should get rid of it, start over, reimagine it and build something that actually works.”