Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Sunday bucked calls by fellow high-profile Democrats to abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, putting a damper on the far-left proposal that has gained mainstream traction in recent days, Fox News informed.
“We are always going to need immigration enforcement,” Klobuchar said on ABC’s “This Week.”
“I think we know that,” she added. “We are a major country with major borders, so to me, the issue is what are those policies.”
New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a potential 2020 presidential candidate, and Mayor Bill de Blasio both advocated abolishing ICE this week. Another possible presidential candidate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, has said that officials should “re-examine” ICE and “think about starting from scratch.”
And Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren called for “replacing ICE” in a rally on Saturday.
But Klobuchar refused to endorse that approach, and instead insisted that the focus should be on immigration policy.
“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,” she said on “This Week.”
“I am just appalled by how this administration has been talking about immigrants,” she added.
Also on Sunday, Connecticut Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal echoed Klobuchar’s messaging, saying, “Abolishing ICE will accomplish nothing unless we change the Trump policies.”