The panel on The Five reacted Friday to calls by several Democrats to "abolish" Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand told the brother of the state's governor, CNN host Chris Cuomo, that "I believe you should get rid of [ICE]. Start over. Reimagine it."

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio echoed that sentiment in an interview with WNYC radio host Brian Lehrer.

New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, a Democrat locked in a primary battle with incumbent Andrew Cuomo, also said the agency should be disbanded.

"That was real," Kimberly Guilfoyle said of the montage of politicians calling for the end of ICE.

She added that Washington Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-Seattle) was one of hundreds of anti-Trump immigration activists arrested for protesting inside a Congressional office building earlier this week.

Jesse Watters noted that only a few years ago, Democrats were more supportive of ICE and were casting votes in favor of a border wall.


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"Now they want to abolish ICE," he said. "It's political suicide and I can't believe they're doing it."

Watters contended that the change of heart by Democrats is due to the fact Donald Trump is now president.

"They're an open borders party at this point," he said, adding that Minnesota Democrat and DNC deputy chairman Keith Ellison participated in a Minneapolis parade wearing a shirt that translated to "I don't believe in borders."

The panel discussed how ICE has performed other key duties besides deportation of illegal immigrant criminal convicts, like rescuing migrants abandoned by human traffickers in the desert, and seeking apprehension of cartel leaders.

Juan Williams however, added that ICE is 15 years old and has strayed from its original post-9/11 mission to prevent terrorists from entering the country.

He said ICE is seeking a "military answer to a human problem."

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