Immigration

Zephyr Teachout Is Promising to Prosecute ICE

NY attorney general candidate Zephyr Teachout wants to abolish ICE.

“I think it’s critical that law enforcement speak out and say this is a tool of cruelty unconstitutional behavior, illegality,” she said. “There’s so much wrong with ICE that goes to its very structure. The idea that people are “illegal,” the idea that we should see immigrants as a national security threat, and that ICE should be placed under the Department of Homeland Security, by the way, the area where, the president has the greatest authority to do the most damage, just does not make any sense.”

Teachout, a professor at Fordham University, is running for attorney general and to "prosecute ICE for their criminal acts."

“ICE was born in xenophobia in the time after 9/11, and has grown up to become a tool of fear and illegality,” she explained. “And as Attorney General, I will continue to speak out against ICE, I will prosecute ICE for their criminal acts. We have stories of consistent abuse within ICE. The idea that we can call this law enforcement is a real offense to the idea of law itself. And as [Attorney General], and as a candidate for [Attorney General], I feel like it’s really important to speak out to abolish ICE.”