Klobuchar: We Need To Change Immigration Policy, But We Will Always Need Immigration Enforcement


When asked by ABC's 'This Week' host Martha Raddatz whether she agrees with fellow Democratic Senators Harris, Warren, and Gillibrand that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished, Amy Klobuchar said: "I think what has to change are the policies...we are always going to need immigration enforcement."

ABC, MARTHA RADDATZ: And -- and I want to just get you quickly on immigration, you too saw those protests I’m sure this weekend, and calls to abolish ICE. Do you think ICE should be abolished, Immigration Customs Enforcement?

SEN. AMY KLOBUCHAR: I think what has to change are the policies and the people that are making these policies are making horrendous decisions like separating kids from their parents.

We are always going to need immigration enforcement, Martha. I think we know that. We about as -- we are a major country with major borders.

So to me, the issue is what are those policies and please let’s get comprehensive immigration reform, something I’ve strongly supported for years. We passed a bill out of the Senate that not only involved order at the border and funding for that, it also involved a path to citizenship for people who obey the law, for people who learn to speak English, for people who are part of this country for decades.

And that’s what I think we need, which of course includes the DREAMers, includes people who have been here legally. That is what we need to do. And I am just appalled by how this administration has been talking about immigrants. They don’t diminish America, they are America.

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