During an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo Thursday, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, became the first sitting U.S. senator to call for the elimination of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Gillibrand was responding to a question from Cuomo regarding the far left-leaning policies of upstart congressional primary winner Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who campaigned in part on the platform.

Gillibrand seemed to surprise the host when she said she agreed it was time to get rid of the agency.

“I believe that it has become a deportation force and I think you should separate the criminal justice from the immigration issues and I think you should reimagine ICE under a new agency with a very different mission and take those two missions out,” Gillibrand said. “We believe that we should protect families that need our help and that is not what ICE is doing today and that’s why I believe you should get rid of it, start over, reimagine it and build something that actually works.”

The senators Republican opponent this fall, Chele Farley, called it a publicity stunt from a politician who wants to run for president. Farley pointed to agency statistics, noting ICE made 4,818 criminal arrests last year including nearly 800 M#-13 gang members.

“ICE was created in the wake of 9/11 to protect our country. The agency is charged with protecting our borders and ensuring we have a fair and lawful immigration process. They are responsible for and have been successful in rounding up MS-13 gang members for deportation, including a major bust in Suffolk County in March 2018,” she said. “It is unconscionable that Kirsten Gillibrand wants to protect MS-13 gang members instead of our citizens and flood our communities with drugs rather than do her job and uphold her constitutional oath to safeguard our country.”

Gillibrand endorsed long-time Congressman Joe Crowley in his primary against Ocasio-Cortez which drew some criticism from the eventual winner. The senator said she supported Crowley for his leadership in the House and because he is a friend but it doesn’t mean she can’t be excited for Ocasio-Perez and what she’s going to do.