A resolution that would urge Congress to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency was introduced Monday by Assemblyman Felix Ortiz.
The resolution comes as state lawmakers have sought ways of limiting the ability of ICE to bring enforcement actions in New York, including state courthouses.
“Congress must abolish ICE and create an agency designed to protect our borders, ending ICE’s ability to conduct horrifying raids in our towns and cities," said Ortiz, a Brooklyn Democrat. "I've said this before. We need an immigration agency that works within the law and that recognizes that all people are created equal, deserve respect and must be treated with honor."
At the same time, the proposal comes amid heightened tensions between New York officials and the federal government over the state's suspension from trusted traveler programs and the prohibition of sharing DMV records with immigration authorities.