New York Attorney General Candidate Vows To 'Prosecute' ICE

A New York candidate for attorney general promised to prosecute those who have enforced U.S. immigration laws.

Albany, NY – A candidate for Attorney General for the state of New York said she wanted to abolish and prosecute U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Fordham law professor Zephyr Teachout is running as a Democrat in the Sept. 13 primary to replace disgraced former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who resigned in May after he was accused of sexual abuse by multiple women, FOX News reported.

Teachout filmed a campaign video featured on Now This News where she went on a rant about her desire to do away with the immigration agency and punish those who have enforced U.S. immigration laws.

“ICE has to be abolished. And I say that as somebody who is running for one of the top law enforcement jobs in the country… I think it’s critical that law enforcement speak out and say this is a tool of cruelty, unconstitutional behavior, illegality,” she said in the video.

Then the candidate went on to explain that she doesn’t subscribe to the legality of citizenship.

“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 ranted in the video.

Without offering any alternative solutions to protecting U.S. borders, the candidate went on the offensive and said she wanted prosecute ICE agents, calling enforcing the law "criminal."

“ICE was born in xenophobia in the time after 9/11, and has grown up to become a tool of fear and illegality. 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 could call this law enforcement is a real offense to the idea of law itself. And as a candidate for AG, I think it’s really important to speak out to abolish ICE,” Teachout finished her video.

Acting ICE Director Ronald Vitiello fought back against the candidate’s assertions that those enforcing U.S. immigration laws were committing “criminal acts” on FOX & Friends on Thursday morning.

“ICE enforces the law that Congress gives us and the President signs. That’s how our system works. If people don’t like how our system works, then there’s a specific way to change it,” Vitiello said.

Teachout, who lost to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in the 2014 gubernatorial primary, was only the latest liberal Democrat to jump on the #AbolishICE bandwagon in New York.

Likely Democratic presidential primary candidate U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D – New York) has said she would like to dismantle ICE.

LGBTQ activist and “Sex in the City” actress Cynthia Nixon, who is running against Cuomo in the September primary, called ICE a “terrorist organization,” FOX News reported.

Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have both called ICE “broken,” according to FOX News.

Comments (32)
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Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

I'm sorry.....Zephyr.....but you are out of your tiny mind.

Ron1617
Ron1617

Boy you just can't fix stupid in these Democraps.

DavidPeoria
DavidPeoria

New Yorkers, you are doomed.

Moktor
Moktor

So much wrong with this. People can be illegally in country, ICE is not un-Constitutional, and NowThis continues to push an agenda. I wonder if SPLC or the various media checkers see them as "biased?"

bobpeel
bobpeel

Another moonbat

Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

Maybe its time to split the US into two, let all the liberal states be together they can let all the illegals they want in, and everyone else be the other half. I'll be in the latter.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Everyday I read some new statement from the left that leaves me speechless. This one is maybe the dumbest of the dumb comments from someone running for public office. I'm trying to determine if they actually believe the nonsense they spew from their pie holes or if it is pandering for votes?

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

"Zephyr"? As in: "1. poetic/literary - a soft gentle breeze. 2. historical - a fine cotton gingham. • a very light article of clothing." What kind of name is that? And why should we take her seriously? And "Teachout"??

rover77
rover77

the ignorance of the american public is appalling.Immigration service began patrolling the border in 1904...Border Patrol was founded in 1924 and became part of DHS in 2003.This is not something Trump invented out of thin air, 8 U.S. Code § 1325 - Improper entry by alien : (June 27, 1952, ch. 477, title II, ch. 8, § 275, 66 Stat. 229; Pub. L. 99–639, § 2(d), Nov. 10, 1986, 100 Stat. 3542; Pub. L. 101–649, title I, § 121(b)(3), title V, § 543(b)(2), Nov. 29, 1990, 104 Stat. 4994, 5059; Pub. L. 102–232, title III, § 306(c)(3), Dec. 12, 1991, 105 Stat. 1752; Pub. L. 104–208, div. C, title I, § 105(a), Sept. 30, 1996, 110 Stat. 3009–556.)

floydj52
floydj52

She needs to go back to law school or become a legal aide lawyer.

Foundoutwest11
Foundoutwest11

Maybe she will charge restaurants/stores for giving ICE to all customers like Cali and straws

BruthaV
BruthaV

The stupid is strong with this one.

Spike1
Spike1

How is it that we have so many people in places of authority with so little sense?! She wants to be an AG and "then she is going to prosecute law officers for doing the job they were hired to do?" Does that make sense to anyone??

Katarina
Katarina

Dems are counting on the illegal voters. Why not pander about disbanding ICE? If she had any true knowledge at all, she would know she couldn't keep that promise. Doesn't stop her from using it to campaign. She looks and sounds mentally unstable in that video. Those crazy eyes!

Register and vote Republican or this country is going to be run by mental midgets and/or power hungry dictators. And not just any Republican. Check their record. There are few career politicians on either side we can actually trust.

Mrs10
Mrs10

The scariest part? She doesn't have to actually believe in or be able to defend the random assortment of words spewing out of her supposedly educated mouth. All she has to do is sell it to the uneducated masses and assume her throne. People of New York, THINK FOR YOURSELVES (or move bc it's probably too late)!

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Hmmmm...... interfering with a federal officer in the performance of their sworn duty. Isn't that an arrestable offense ?

GHarvey
GHarvey

These people are fukin crazy...How did they get so stupid?

magnumforc
magnumforc

Zephyr?? Must be the kid of someone in California who used too much LSD.

Wiser$22
Wiser$22

Vote for Zephyr Teachout!

SGT_moore_USA
SGT_moore_USA

She is sitting on the pile of shit she is spewing out of her mouth! ICE is enforcing laws that were written into law by a democrat (Bill Clinton). Now our President is actually enforcing those laws and is getting so much backlash because our former President made ICE sit on their hands! Mexican law says anyone entering Mexico illegally is punishable by death. I say U.S. should adopt the same law!

Combokid
Combokid

THIS woman, an attorney? Is threatening to charge officers for simply doing the job Congress has given them? Ana she passed the Bar exams? HOW???? Somebody needs to tell these wingnuts that if you get rid of enforcement and abolish BORDERS THEN you are basically no longer a Country! Why do Democrats have so much trouble with this concept?

sbme
sbme

“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 (the author) ranted in the video.

What gets me is her statement: "The idea that people are illegal." Well, there are some people who follow the law and gain entry to this country legally. Then there are those who do not. Whether one prefers the term illegal or undocumented, the facts remains the same.

Immigrants should not threaten our security as they are supposed to be vetted and loyal to uphold the US and it's laws. People who "sneak in" under the radar.... pose a gamble to our security.

I'm not a lawyer, as Ms. Teachout is, but I do have common sense.

186
186

Zephyr Isn't that a Ford?

186
186

Associate Professor of Law Zephyr Teachout should know better. The word “immigration” does not appear in the U.S. Constitution or any of its Amendments. Article I, Section 8, Clause 4 does read, “… To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, …”. The 14th Amendment, Section 1 addresses the protection of “All persons born or naturalized in the United States,…” which extended citizenship through the States to the former slaves. The rules of immigration were reserved to the States through the 10th Amendment until the first Federal law was enacted in 1875. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the following year that immigration regulation was an exclusive Federal responsibility. With professors like her , it's no wonder that we have such a screwed up legal system

Doc45
Doc45

Gotta tell you this is the most ignorant thing I have heard out of the mouth of a dumbass liberal yet! I hope you try it stupid. It would be really funny to see you led off in handcuffs.