After announcing her presidential bid amid a government shutdown, Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), spent her first weeks of 2020 expressing regret over her hard-line immigration views a decade ago.
In an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, she said her past comments were not “driven from my heart. I was callous to the suffering of families that want to be together.” But the truth is Kirsten Gillibrand recently called to abolish ICE.
In 2006, Gillibrand campaigned for additional border funding “to catch illegal immigrants, human traffickers, and drug smugglers” and supported additional funding to expand detention capabilities.
“Improving our border security is imperative in keeping America safe,” wrote on her own website.
In 2009, Gillibrand was appointed to Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat. From that moment, her views changed completely.
In the November 2018 elections, Gillibrand was re-elected to a second term in the Senate, with 67% of the vote.During the campaign, she pledged that she would serve out a full six-year term.She was endorsed by the progressive groups Indivisible Actionand Working Families.