In Bid For U.S. Senate, New Mexico Secretary of State Calls For Scrapping ICE

Jul 16, 2019

Credit New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A candidate seeking the Democratic nomination to an open Senate seat wants to disband U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and turn its responsibilities over to the FBI and others.

New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver said Tuesday in a statement that she wants to "abolish ICE" and accused the agency of undermining community safety and stability.

She is competing with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján in the 2020 election to succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Udall.

ICE activities are in the spotlight as the Trump administration says the agency will sweep 10 major cities for families who are in the country illegally and have been ordered to leave.

Toulouse Oliver says ICE has strayed from its core mission of preventing terrorist acts and removing dangerous people.