Sen. Mitch McConnell visits Louisville ICE office, voices strong support for the agency

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell spoke in strong support Friday of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

The Senate majority leader said he visited the ICE office in Louisville to show support for the agency, which has been the target of protests by the Occupy ICE movement.

“I wanted to go by and tell them I was proud of them, grateful for hard work that they do and make sure that people in Louisville and across our state know what ICE actually does,” McConnell said.

On Thursday, Occupy ICE protesters blocked the elevators to the immigration court before being arrested by LMPD. McConnell was sharply critical of the open borders policy he said the “socialist protesters” stand for.

“You can’t have a country with no border security at all,” he said.

McConnell pointed out that ICE agents made more than 125,000 arrests last year for crimes committed by people in the country illegally.

“They are patriotic Americans trying to enforce our laws and protect us in every way that they can from those elements who do come into our country, who are committing crimes,” he said.

McConnell was also critical of Democrats who are calling for the elimination of ICE. He believes it will work against them in the mid-term elections and beyond.

“I was quite surprised to see credible potential Democratic candidates for president in 2020 adopt the abolish ICE argument, which strikes me as really quite irresponsible and quite dangerous,” McConnell said.

McConnell again said he will not be intimidated by protesters who have been heckling him in public restaurants.

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