The newly-elected congresswoman from New York bashed both the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for allegedly violating human rights and President Donald Trump’s support for the agency — even though she voted just days prior to temporarily fund the agency.
“The president should not be asking for more money to an agency that has systematically violated human rights,” Ocasio-Cortez recently said on MSNBC after the president delivered his presidential address on the border wall and border security.
“The president should be really defending why we are funding such an agency at all, because right now, what we are seeing is death,” she continued. “Right now what we are seeing is the violation of human rights.”
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However, the freshman congresswoman seems to be contradicting herself as she voted “aye” on January 3 to temporarily continue funding the Department of Homeland Security during the partial government shutdown.
As IJR Red reported, former acting ICE director Thoman Homan rebuked Ocasio-Cortez’s criticism of the agency saying ICE has “arrested and removed thousands of criminals from the streets of New York that were released from jails that she supports.”
Homan slammed the freshman congresswoman for her “wrong” accusations.
He rebuked her statement claiming a child died in ICE custody, as he corrected her by saying the death actually occurred in U.S. Border Patrol custody and they “did everything they could do to save that child’s life,” adding that if someone should be blamed for the deaths in custody, “blame the Democrats that caused these loopholes.”
Top Democrats are continuing to clash with Trump over funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border — however, as there doesn’t seem to be a definite assurance on when the shutdown will end, the president is continuing to address border security and why a wall is necessary as he visits the southern border on Thursday.