The panel on "The Five" reacted to California Sen. Kamala Harris comparing Immigration and Customs Enforcement to the Ku Klux Klan.

Earlier this week, Harris grilled President Trump's nominee for ICE director, Ronald Vitiello, on the "perception" that the two organizations are acting in similar ways.

"Are you aware of the perception of many about how the power and discretion at ICE has been used to enforce laws?" Harris asked, questioning whether Vitiello believes a perceived similarity exists between ICE and the Klan.

"I would not put ICE in the same category as the KKK," Vitiello responded, prompting Harris to press further about the office "causing fear and intimidation" among immigrants.

Jesse Watters said Harris should "go to the history books," adding that the Klan was "founded by Democrats" and habitually harassed and intimidated innocent African-Americans throughout the South.


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"That comparison is so outlandish and so disrespectful," he said.

"I respect her, but that was a very sleazy, sleazy move," Gutfeld said, saying that the 'some would say' argument Harris made hid the fact the 54-year-old Democrat is the 'some' in that example.

Marie Harf said she did not agree with Harris' comparison with the Klan, but added that there is a negative perception of ICE among some communities.

Tammy Bruce said Harris "doesn't even really know what ICE" does, noting that Customs & Border Protection handles the border, while ICE most often executes "interior" missions inside the country proper.

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