Gillibrand says she would not detain immigrants

Gillibrand says she would not detain immigrants
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Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandHarris posts video asking baby if she'll run for president one day Warren hits Bloomberg, Steyer: They have 'been allowed to buy their way' into 2020 race Supreme Court poised to hear first major gun case in a decade MORE (D-N.Y.) said Sunday that she would end the detention of immigrants if elected to the White House.

"As president of the United States, I wouldn’t use the detention system at all," Gillibrand told host Margaret Brennan on CBS’s "Face the Nation."


"They don’t need to be incarcerated," the 2020 hopeful continued when pressed by Brennan. "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."

“As president of the United States, I wouldn’t use the detention system at all. In fact what I would actually do is fund the border security measures that are anti-terrorism, anti-human trafficking, anti-drug trafficking and anti-gun trafficking." 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection in a statement Saturday said the agency  has 16,000 migrants in custody and called the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border a "humanitarian and an operational crisis."

Gillibrand also blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE's approach to immigration, especially his "zero tolerance" policy that led to family separations.

“President Trump’s immigration policy is inhumane, ineffective and wrong," Gillibrand said on Sunday. "I cannot tell you how infuriating it is for our president to still be separating children from their parents at our border in the most inhumane way and then locking them up.”