McConnell Visits Louisville ICE Office

07/27/2018 06:23 PM

LOUISVILLE- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, made a visit to the Louisville ICE office, a day after several Occupy Ice Louisville protesters were arrested for blocking elevators at the Heyburn Building.

The protest caused immigration court to be canceled for the morning as the protesters linked arms using braces made out of PVC pipes.

Sen. McConnell said he made a visit to ICE agents to thank them for their work.

“They have been under pretty big round of criticism here in Louisville over the past few weeks, I wanted to go by and tell them I was proud of them and grateful for the hard work that they do,” said Sen. McConnell.

McConnell went on to attack the “socialist” viewpoints of the protesters and Democratic lawmakers who want to abolish ICE.

“What I think is even more astonishing is that the position of abolishing ICE has been adopted by a number of my colleagues in the Senate who have presidential aspirations. Who see themselves running for president in 2020, “ said McConnell. “Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, are just two examples of that.”

McConnell said despite the protests the past several weeks, agents seem to be in good spirits. While often the target of protests himself, McConnell said he still supports their right to protest, but not the disruption to citizens it causes.

“It’s disturbing to regular citizens, you know who are going about their regular business,” said Sen. McConnell. “They are not supposed to be subjected to this kind of thing.”

But he refused to say whether he thought some Democrats’ stance on abolishing ICE would help Republicans in November—instead saying it would be up to the American people.

Watch the entire press conference:

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at


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