Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) outlined her plan for comprehensive immigration reform before an audience at a campaign stop on Tuesday and many might find it extreme.
"So what will I do? I have a lot of ideas," she told the audience in Davenport, Iowa, on Tuesday.
"First, we need comprehensive immigration reform. If you are in this country now, you must have the right to pay into Social Security, to pay your taxes, to pay into the local school system, and to have a pathway to citizenship," she explained.
"That must happen!" Gillibrand concluded.
Providing a pathway to citizenship for every illegal immigrant currently in the U.S. could mean as many as 22 million illegal immigrants being eligible for amnesty. Critics of such a policy say that rewarding those who cross into the U.S. illegally would create a magnet for more illegal immigration.
Gillibrand has also joined the few voices in Congress calling for the abolition of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.
"I believe we need to protect families who need help, and ICE isn't doing that. It has become a deportation force," she tweeted in June 2018.
"We need to separate immigration issues from criminal justice," Gillibrand concluded. "We need to abolish ICE, start over and build something that actually works."
Here's the video of Gillibrand's statement in Iowa:
Sen. Gillibrand: Expand Social Security To All Illegal Immigrantswww.youtube.com