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Rep. Smith and Rep. Jayapal working on bill to abolish ICE

Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) are developing a bill that would dismantle the Immigration Customs and Enforcement agency. (Photo: KOMO News)

SEATTLE - Two members of Congress from Washington state are working to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) are developing a bill that would dismantle the agency.

In an interview with KOMO News, Smith said it would eliminate ICE as it is currently constructed and give its responsibilities to other agencies.

"Given ICE's reputation, I think I'd Like to see that particular agency go away," he said.

The bill would also end the policy of family separation and detention at the border.

"Many of these people that are awaiting immigration status, they do not have to be locked up in facilities and they certainly don't have to either be separated from their families or locked up as a family," said Smith. "There are other ways to make sure they show up for the hearings that are vastly more humane and also more cost-effective."

But President Trump continues to show his support for the agency.

At a tribute to service members and veterans Tuesday night, he said, "We respect ICE [...] these are tough people and you have to be tough."

(Click the picture above to hear the full interview with Rep. Adam Smith.)




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