Republican members of U.S. Congress have come together to support a divisive federal bureau currently under fire.
Sen. John Kennedy, R-LA, and other Republicans in the senate are pushing a resolution in support of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. It comes amid protest across the country calling for ICE to be abolished.
“I’m appalled,” Kennedy said. “The purpose of ICE is to enforce our laws.”
Kennedy says ICE plays a key role in stopping drug and human trafficking and removing violent illegal immigrants from the U.S.
Opponents accuse the Trump Administration of unleashing ICE against immigrant communities. They say ICE has been targeting non-criminal undocumented immigrants — ripping apart families and instilling a negative fear of law enforcement in the process.
Some top Democrats support calls for ICE to be abolished and legislation is being drawn up to do just that.
Kennedy is set to speak about the resolution from the senate floor Thursday afternoon.