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Kwong writes: "Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday called on Congress to cut funding to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and accused the agency of criminalizing Latinos in the United States, which she called 'native land.'"

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. (photo: Reuters)
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. (photo: Reuters)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Sheds Tears as She Calls to Defund ICE

By Jessica Kwong, Newsweek

08 February 19


epresentative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday called on Congress to cut funding to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and accused the agency of criminalizing Latinos in the United States, which she called “native land.”

The New York Democrat said that ICE does “not deserve a dime until they can prove that they are honoring human rights, until they can make a good-faith effort to expand and embrace immigrants.” She said that immigrants have always been a part of the United States and that ICE does “not deserve any resource for their radical agenda.”

“We have to have respect for children, respect for families, respect for human rights and respect for the right of human mobility. Because it is a right. It is a right. Because we are standing on native land, and Latino people are descendants of native people,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “And we cannot be told and criminalized simply for our identity or our status. Period.”

Ocasio-Cortez appeared to shed a tear during the press conference outside the U.S. Capitol, where she spoke alongside fellow Representatives Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley.

A democratic socialist who made history by becoming, at 29, the youngest woman to be elected to Congress, Ocasio-Cortez ran with abolishing ICE as one of her major platforms.

“As overseen by the Trump administration, ICE operates with virtually no accountability, ripping apart families and holding our friends and neighbors indefinitely in inhumane detention centers scattered across the United States,” Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign website states. It adds that she “believes that if we are to uphold civic justice, we must abolish ICE and see to it that our undocumented neighbors are treated with the dignity and respect owed to all people, regardless of citizenship status.”

But President Donald Trump, whose signature campaign promise was to build a wall at the southern border, reiterated his support for ICE during his State of the Union address on Tuesday. Trump honored ICE Special Agent Elvin Hernandez, who immigrated to the U.S. legally from the Dominican Republic as a boy, in highlighting the importance of the agency.

“Special Agent Hernandez, please stand. We will always support the brave men and women of law enforcement,” Trump said in his speech. “And I pledge to you tonight that we will never abolish our heroes from ICE.”

Trump also commended “our brave ICE officers” for making “266,000 arrests of criminal aliens, including those charged or convicted of nearly 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes and 4,000 killings” in the past two years.

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+4 # tedrey 2019-02-08 11:57
What should be the actual figures for the last paragraph?
+1 # DongiC 2019-02-09 00:18
I don't believe the Prince of Liars would tell the truth re the arrest's record of ICE officers over the past two years. The current chief executive of these disunited states has destroyed his own credibility by his over 8,000 lies since he entered office. A positive sign of a civilization in decline. America continues to spiral down. I sure hope it is not a death spiral.
+1 # johnescher 2019-02-09 08:42
What an absolutely abysmal headline. I can't even read the article. So Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a crybaby? That's how the headline can be read. And if it can, it will be.

So delete Newsweek, you gods of newsprint, at the same time you delete The National Enquirer whose deletion is long overdue.

I assume it was Newsweek who wrote the headline. But if it was Reader Supported News who wrote or accepted it, please don't make a similar mistake ever again.

And Fate or God or the F.B.I. or whatever you want to call it: Imprison every politician complicit in separating children from their mothers.

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