New York, New York - U.S. Senate candidate Chele Farley today blasted incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for her latest "flip-flop-flip" on immigration.
Returning to her “upstate roots,” Kirsten Gillibrand, who once opposed sanctuary cities and supported accelerated deportations, is at it again with another flip-flop-flip -- this time backtracking on her high-profile support for eliminating US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
This week, in a meeting with the Glens Falls Post-Star editorial board, Gillibrand said that others had taken her words "out of context," claiming that she only wants to abolish ICE in its current form and "reimagine" it.
“Kirsten Gillibrand is slippery on ICE,” said Farley. "It’s shocking as we commemorate the 17th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11 that Kirsten Gillibrand is heading the charge to dismantle ICE, the agency protecting us against new attacks and leading the fight against violent transnational gangs such as MS-13," said Farley. "Gillibrand can try and walk back these radical positions all she likes, but she can't escape the public record. Her views would make everyday New Yorkers less safe."
This flip-flop-flip is at odds with earlier and repeated statements from Gillibrand, the first sitting member of the United States Senate to call for abolishing the agency charged with, among other things, counter-terrorism, drug interdiction and child-sex-trafficking investigations. At OZY Fest, a music-and-ideas festival held in July, Kirsten Gillibrand called on Democrats to "get rid of ICE" as the "first thing" they should do after seizing control of the House and Senate in the fall midterm elections. In June she publicly advocated for an end to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement during a televised interview on CNN, characterizing ICE as a "deportation force" and calling on her fellow Washington legislators to "get rid of it, start over, reimagine it." Gillibrand's latest flip-flop comes on the heels of a resolution approved on Wednesday by her backers on the New York City Council calling on the federal government to abolish ICE.
Continued Farley, “Kirsten Gillibrand has no respect for New York voters. On the 2020 Presidential campaign trail she says one thing, yet when she is shilling for votes upstate she says another."
"Like everything else, Kirsten Gillibrand has two and sometimes three positions on immigration: one she uses to shore up her radical liberal base to run for President in 2020, and another she promotes to moderate voters back home in New York, specifically upstate," said Farley. "Make no mistake, though. Gillibrand was not 'taken out of context.' Her obfuscation and evasion are by design. But voters sick of her Washington double-speak will finally have their say on Election Day, November 6."