Maria Bartiromo debated a Democratic strategist over the viability of Immigration and Customs Enforcement after three House Democrats drafted a bill to abolish the agency.

Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan of Madison, New York Rep. Adriano Espaillat of Upper Manhattan and Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Seattle wrote a bill that would abolish ICE within one year.

Espaillat said on NPR that ICE's activity in separating children from their guardians is akin to World War II Japanese-American internment camps.

On "Your World", Democratic strategist Robert Patillo told Bartiromo that there is a difference between abolishing ICE and "open borders."

He said the latter is "hyperbole" that is wrongfully linked to a future end of ICE, calling the agency an "abysmal failure."

Patillo said President Obama's own "record deportation spree has not made this country safer" and that the FBI and Drug Enforcement Agency are duplicating many of the actions ICE handles.


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He said that if ICE is abolished, the FBI and DEA should pick up any slack, adding that a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants should be established.

"Who's going to protect the border?" Bartiromo asked.

Patillo, who said he practices immigration law in Georgia, said Customs and Border Protection already does much of that work, and that the system must be made more efficient.

Bartiromo later said Patillo was voicing both sides of the same argument and asked how the government will be able to productively deport people if the Democrats demand a return to "catch-and-release."

Patillo said catch-and-release is a product of an overburdened system that needs to be fixed, reiterating that abolishing ICE will help that.

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