House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson flatly ruled out any efforts to abolish U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying that while the agency may need a “tweak,” he supports its mission.
The Mississippi Democrat’s declaration, made in an interview taped Friday for C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” program, puts the nail in already faint hopes of immigrant-rights activists who had said the agency had gone overboard and needed to be nixed.
“I’ve been a supporter of ICE. They do a job, but just like any operation, we can review what they do and if we need to tweak it I’m committed to doing that. There’s been some question about ICE’s interior enforcement — we need to look at that,” Mr. Thompson said.
Asked if he would allow a bill to abolish ICE to come through his committee, he flatly rejected the idea: “No.”