Kingston Slams Warren Over Call To Abolish ICE

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate John Kingston is criticizing Senator Elizabeth Warren’s call to get rid of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, accusing her of pandering “to the far left.”

Warren called for eliminating the federal agency that enforces immigration law during a rally at Boston City Hall Plaza this past Saturday.

“Sen. Warren proposes to do away with law enforcement agents who protect our communities night and day. She panders to the far left by calling for the elimination of ICE, just months after calling our police forces ‘occupying armies’,” Kingston said in a written statement. “Elizabeth Warren values the rights of illegal aliens and criminals over the safety of the people of Massachusetts, and it’s time to tune her out and turn her out.”

Warren on Saturday told a rally that the Trump administration’s detention of illegal immigrants and children at the Mexico border is “a moral crisis for our country.”

“The president’s deeply immoral actions have made it obvious we need to rebuild our immigration system from top to bottom, starting by replacing ICE with something that reflects our morality and values,” Warren said.

In response, Kingston accused Warren of denigrating federal law enforcement officers for doing their jobs, and he suggested Warren is at least partly to blame for problems with U.S. immigration policy.

“ICE agents put their lives on the line to uphold the rule of law and protect our communities from criminal illegal aliens. They deserve our respect and admiration, not leftist disdain, for the critical duty they perform for our nation,” Kingston said in the statement. “Any failure of immigration policy is the fault of a broken culture in Washington and politicians like Sen. Warren who put divisive politics ahead of results. To vilify and blame law enforcement agents is reckless and irresponsible.”

A spokesman for Warren could not immediately be reached for comment.

Kingston is one of three candidates running for the Republican nomination in the September primary to take on Warren in November. The other two are state Representative Geoff Diehl (R-Whitman) and Beth Lindstrom, a former political consultant and aide to Mitt Romney. A not-for-profit organization affiliated with Mr. Kingston owns a modest number of shares in Boston Media Networks, the company that operates New Boston Post.