Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

Congressman Serrano Joins Call to Abolish ICE

Jul 3, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman José E. Serrano (D-NY15), a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, today joined efforts calling for the abolishment of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE):

“Like the rest of our current immigration system, ICE is broken.  For years, ICE has engaged in extremely questionable behavior in local communities in New York and throughout the nation- driving fear into the hearts of hard-working parents and children.  It has undermined its own mission and our nation’s basic morals.  

“The mounting problems at the agency defy belief.   ICE has proven unable to safely oversee the dozens of contract private detention centers they send individuals to on a daily basis. They have engaged in indiscriminate targeting of immigrants- undermining the safety of our neighborhoods and splitting up families of long-time residents of this nation.  They have aided and abetted in immoral actions like family detention and family separation.  And these problems are only growing under the active encouragement of the Trump Administration.

“ICE is a fatally flawed organization that operates without the necessary oversight or responsibility to do its job in in a fair and humane manner.  It lacks the internal checks and balances to rein in these excesses, and it presenting a vision of America to the rest of the world that isn’t in keeping with our values.  It is time to abolish ICE.”