Alan Grayson, Darren Soto, Wayne Lienitzky spread on ICE in ‘Political Salsa’ CD 9 debate
The three candidates for Florida’s 9th Congressional District spread their positions from, keep it as is, to reform it, or throw it out, when asked about what they want to do with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency Thursday night.
Speaking at one of four debates held at the packed Political Salsa hob nob in Orlando, Republican Wayne Liebnitzky defended the embattled federal immigration enforcement agency, its work and its officers as necessary and law enforcement doing the best they could with what they have. Democratic U.S. Rep. Darren Soto talked about law changes necessary to rein in excesses, while protecting important work ICE does. And Democratic former U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson blasted ICE as a federal agency that “has lost its way.”
“ICE deserves to abolished,” Grayson said. “ICE has become what amounts to an agency of viciousness. I never expected any time in my life to see a federal agency caging children, anywhere in the world. And therefore, ICE has lost its way. We should not have federal agents on the federal payroll, paid by the taxpayers, abusing and brutalizing people because they don’t happen to be Americans. That has to change.”