Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand recently drew about two dozen to someone’s back yard in Iowa, where she touted her career promoting Democrats and promises to cater to illegal immigrants.
Gillibrand stressed her credentials as a party insider with the ability to raise funds to help all Democrats to the small group who sat in folding camp chairs and milled about Monday evening.
“I am part of the party. I will help everyone in our party. I will make sure they get re-elected. I will make sure they can be part of my cabinet if they want to be,” Gillibrand said.
“I’m only doing this because I was greatly concerned that no Democrat that was considering running would actually know how to bring this country back to together again. That’s why I’m literally running, because I was so concerned that the people who would likely be our frontrunners, number one, would not bring the party back together and more than that would not bring the country back together,” she said, soliciting a single awkward clap.
One woman, who described herself as a wife of an immigrant told Gillibrand she was “appalled” by treatment of folks who cross into the country illegally, asked the junior senator from New York whether she’d do away with Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers if elected.
Gillibrand, who has campaigned on abolishing ICE, said she would, then laid out how she plans to reward those who broke the law to enter the country illegally with full-blown citizenship.
“I would support comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship, and for what that looks like is a 10-year path where immigrants who want to seek citizenship will pay into taxes, pay into Social Security and healthcare, pay all local property taxes and if you buy into our system of Social Security over 10 years and you do everything right you become a citizen,” she said, neglecting to address illegal immigrants who do not seek citizenship.
“It’ll create enormous economic growth,” she said.
“On the border, I would do two things very differently. First of all, I would actually fund border security. President Trump has taken the money that’s normally spent on cross-border anti-terrorism, on gun trafficking, human trafficking, drug trafficking and he’s actually spending that money on the for-profit prisons,” Gillibrand claimed.
“So I would fund our border security work and for people seeking asylum I would have a community based system to process their asylum claims,” she said. “I would assign any family seeking asylum a lawyer, so a lawyer can represent them, tell them when their court date is, to make sure they can go through the process fairly and humanely.”
The New Yorker’s lofty and expensive promises in Iowa come just weeks after she told CBS’ Face the Nation she “wouldn’t use the detention system at all” when processing the massive influx of illegal immigrants walking into the U.S., an epidemic that’s expected to reach 1 million newcomers this fiscal year.
“They don’t need to be incarcerated,” Gillibrand told host Margaret Brennan, according to Politico. “If they are given a lawyer and given a process, they will follow it. They can go into the community in the way we used to handle these cases under the Department of Justice.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection estimates there’s currently about 16,000 migrants in custody along the U.S.-Mexico border, a situation CBP officials describe as a “humanitarian and an operational crisis.”
Many of those folks nabbed by Border Patrol are bad hombres, including criminals with convictions for murder, rape, assault and drug crimes, child abuse and countless other offenses.
CBP agents arrested more than 10,000 criminal aliens so far in fiscal year 2019, including well over 3,000 with outstanding warrants. They also rounded up 759 documented gang members, according to the data.