Ayanna Pressley wants to pull all funding to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency because she says it is making a “toxic fear” among immigrant communities.

The city councilor and congressional candidate said ICE belongs to an immigration system that is certainly “fundamentally broken.”

“ICE’s role in supporting the prevailing system — including separating families seeking refuge in the country and conducting indiscriminate deportation raids in our communities — is creating an environment of toxic fear and mistrust in immigrant communities,” Pressley said yesterday in the statement.

“I do think we should instead pursue comprehensive immigration reform, such as a route to citizenship for a lot of undocumented immigrants located in the United States,” she added, “playing with the short term we should get rid of the existential threat facing immigrant communities by defunding ICE and eliminating its Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) functions.”

Pressley faces U.S. Rep Michael E. Capuano within their quest for a seat from the 7th District, such as Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Milton, Randolph and Somerville.

Pressley said reports of widespread violence in ICE detention facilities as another reason behind looking to pull the funds to your agency.

Pressley wants to look at the South Bay House of Correction in Boston tomorrow. That jail has a contract with ICE for everyone to be a detention center for immigrants focused on deportation.

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