Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wants To Abolish The Department Of Homeland Security

July 24, 2019 | No Comments » | Topics: Story

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggested that she is open to dissolving the Department of Homeland Security in an interview with The New Yorker.

The New York representative said Immigration and Customs Enforcement “and, frankly, the entire Department of Homeland Security” are “very large threats to American civil liberties.”

“Would you get rid of the Department of Homeland Security, too?” The New Yorker’s David Remnick asked

“I think so,” she replied. “I think we need to undo a lot of the egregious mistakes that the Bush administration did.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s position seems to be one step further than the progressive argument that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

She cited her recent visit to a border detention facility in El Paso, Texas as grounds for disbanding the agency. She described the conditions in the facility as “horrible” and said she witnessed “some of the most inhumane behavior.”

“It’s not even living…it was the physical manifestation of Trump’s rhetoric and calling migrants animals because that’s how these women were being treated, their hair was falling out, they had sores in their mouths due to the lack of nutrition..the cruelty is the point,” she said.

The congresswoman had previously come under fire for comparing the facilities to “concentration camps”, a term she claims was “important” to use.

“This whole crisis and the treatment of migrants at our border has been this low-grade static background noise, torture that has been happening in our country and it’s getting worse and worse and worse,” she said.

The Department Of Homeland Security, with over 200,000 employees, has a mission of “preventing terrorism; securing our borders; enforcing immigration laws; securing cyberspace; and ensuring disaster response and resilience.”


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