When she was appointed by Governor David Paterson to replace Hillary Clinton, NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was known as a moderate Democrat. That reputation was wrong. Sen. Gillibrand has turned out to be a spineless hack who changes her stance every time the direction of the wind shifts.
Take a look at her latest statement about ICE:
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said she supports abolishing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement because it has become a “deportation force.”
“I believe that it has become a deportation force. And I think you should separate out the criminal justice from the immigration issues,” she added. “I think you should reimagine ICE under a new agency, with a very different mission, and take those two missions out. So we believe that we should protect families that need our help, and that is not what ICE is doing today.”
Gillibrand is not an idiot, she knows that ICE is only enforcing the laws that she and the other members of Congress write, but she is going with the flow. In fact, when she was first appointed to the Senate, there were objections because she was an immigration hardliner. On January 27, 2009, the NY Times wrote:
During her one term in the House of Representatives, from a largely rural, traditionally Republican district, Kirsten E. Gillibrand was on safe political ground adopting a tough stance against illegal immigration.
Ms. Gillibrand, a Democrat, opposed any sort of amnesty for illegal immigrants, supported deputizing local law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration laws, spoke out against Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s proposal to allow illegal immigrants to have driver’s licenses and sought to make English the official language of the United States.