“I’m mad, y’all!” she said, wiping away an honest-to-goodness tear shed over the “Deportation Force,” aka ICE, which Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez found time to address at a MoveOn.org rally outside the Capitol yesterday.
Whether you agree with her — and a coterie of far-left House Democrats do, having introduced a bill last July to abolish ICE — you have to admit her energy is boundless. Much of her day yesterday was spent promoting her Green New Deal, which she also proclaimed to be an existential crisis that could be solved by coast-to-coast high speed rail transit, eliminating air travel, retrofitting or rebuilding every structure in America, and putting an end to cow flatulence.
In making her argument for abolishing ICE as well, AOC cited the case of Jakelin Caal Maquin, one of two young Guatemalan children who died last December after being smuggled across the U.S. border with Mexico. Despite abundant evidence showing that U.S. immigration authorities did everything in their power to save the dying girl, Ocasio-Cortez blames ICE, which has no dealings whatsoever with migrants intercepted at the border.
If Ocasio-Cortez bothered to read a page at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website, she would learn the distinction between that agency and Immigration Customs Enforcement:
United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is responsible for protecting our nation’s borders in order to prevent terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel.
United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security, is responsible for identifying and shutting down vulnerabilities in the nation’s border, economic, transportation and infrastructure security.
Instead, she rambled on in her usual hyperbolic manner, claiming:
We are standing on native land. And Latino people are descendants of native people. And we cannot be told, and criminalized, simply because for our identity or our status. Period.
We’re here to say that an agency like ICE, which repeatedly and systematically violates human rights, does not deserve a dime. They do not deserve a dime.