‘Get rid of ICE’: Immigration, guns and Medicare for all are top Dem priorities, Gillibrand says

‘Get rid of ICE’: Immigration, guns and Medicare for all are top Dem priorities, Gillibrand says
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement should be Democrats' top priority if they take control of the house after midterm elections. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), a potential candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, said the “first thing” Democrats should try to do if they take control of Congress is to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to Hot Air.

It’s a message that establishment Democrats have largely shied away from, and one that isn’t extremely popular among voters, but Gillibrand has been one of the first and strongest advocates for it.

“So when we flip the House and flip the Senate, I think the first thing we should do is deal with the children who have been separated from their families at the border,” Gillibrand said at OZY Fest. “I think we should get rid of ICE.”

Gillibrand suggested separating out the duties of ICE, and changing how immigration is viewed.

“We should separate out the two missions, the anti-terrorism mission, the national security mission, and then on the other side make sure you’re looking at immigration as a humanitarian issue,” Gillibrand said.

What else does she think Democrats should do?

Shortly after eliminating the agency responsible for border security and numerous other national security functions, Gillibrand believes Democrats should turn their attention to gun control.

“I think we should pass the gun reform issues within the first month — all of them,” Gillibrand said. “Universal background checks, anti-trafficking, making sure people can’t buy bump stocks, large magazine clips, all that work.”

Finally, Gillibrand hit on a third polarizing issue, and advocated for Democrats not to be “moderate,” but rather to go for Medicare for all right off the bat.

“I don’t know why we didn’t just start with Medicare for all,” Gillibrand said. “It was such a mistake to build Obamacare on a very moderate, very — almost conservative model of placing it on top of the for-profit insurance industry.”

Gilllibrand said she “would just focus on the things that the American people are so angry about.” Those three issues fit the bill, but if her strategy is one that makes Obamacare seem conservative, many voters are going to end up angrier than before.