In an interview with Democracy Now! ‘Democratic Socialist” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez encouraged fellow leftists to “mobilize” in pursuit of their ideology, and expand “Occupy” efforts to include protests at border crossings, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency offices, and airports across the country.
Ocasio-Cortez abandoned her campaign just days before the election to join a celebrity-driven protest at the United States’s southern border, calling on President Donald Trump to bring an end to a policy that separated children from illegal immigrant parents who made claims of asylum, days after Trump ended the policy by executive order.
Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman demanded Ocasio-Cortez defend her decision, even though Goodman ultimately agreed with Ocasio-Cortez’s strategy.
“There is no convenient time” to “stand up against human rights violations,” Ocasio-Cortez answered, according to Newsweek.
“I may have had a primary three days after I went down there, but we’re not going to win if we don’t stand for everything,” Ocasio-Cortez added. “We have to show people that we’re willing to walk the walk and put our money where our mouth is.”
Asked how everyday Americans can pursue justice for illegal immigrants, Ocasio-Cortez encouraged progressives to have a “rapid response.”
“We have to occupy all of it,” she said. “We need to occupy every airport. We need to occupy every border. We need to occupy every ICE office until those kids are back with their parents, period.”
Ocasio-Cortez failed to note that it’s possible many of her supporters have day jobs that don’t permit them to occupy government offices and trespass on government property ad infinitum, of that Americans might not tolerate a protest that makes air travel less efficient for very long.
Those opposed to the plan, Ocasio-Cortez added, simply don’t understand what ICE does.
But, it turns out, neither does she.
“First of all, ICE is not [U.S. Customs and Border Protection,]” she said. “When we talk about abolishing ICE, we’re talking about ending family detention. We’re talking about ending an agency and ending a practice and a structure that is not accountable to the U.S. Department of Justice, that often takes on things that look a lot like enforcement activities.
“So to have an enforcement agency that operates outside of the accountability of the Department of Justice, it’s no surprise to see the violations of civil and human rights that we’re seeing right now,” she continued.
In a sense, she’s correct, but only in that ICE reports to DHS instead of the DOJ directly. DHS, however, reports to the Department of Justice. ICE is an investigativearm of DHS, which means that it concerns itself, mostly with cases of human trafficking and possible terrorism, and those cases might have something to do with a border or they might not. ICE also tackles the “enforcement and removal” of illegal persons found living within the U.S. borders.
The Border Patrol actually enforces (or enforced) the family detention policy; ICE handles any eventual deportations. But “Occupy CBP” just doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.
Democrats tried to bring a bill that would abolish ICE to the floor Monday, but Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, refused to allow a vote.
Joe Lieberman in a Wall Street Journal op-ed urged New York Democrats to ditch their support of socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in favor of Joe Crowley, and yet DNC chair Tom Perez declared her “the future of our party.”
Media types, who don’t root for a side, mind you, have been happy to give the Democrats advice on Ocasio-Cortez. MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle, for example, warned that Ocasio-Cortez’ prediction that capitalism will not always exist in the world “will not help the blue wave.” And on Wednesday, CNN’s Chris Cillizza advised Democrats to “slow their roll” in pushing Ocasio-Cortez into the limelight — not surprising, considering her disastrous TV interviews.
— CNN (@CNN) July 18, 2018
Sure, the Democrats have been pushing her as the future of the party, but the media has played its part too, hasn’t it?
We're not the ones pushing her. The media is. https://t.co/La0HWGjOq1
— Chris Evans 💬 (@notcapnamerica) July 18, 2018
Um, you might want to check with Tom Perez on that one. “The future of our party!”
Chris, I know this whole "analysis" thing is hard for you, but Democrats are not actually pushing Ocasio-Cortez as "their next big star." That t'would be the media's doing, the media in which you are a critical neuron-destroying cog. https://t.co/RtWH3bvvFv
— Mangy Jay (@magi_jay) July 18, 2018
In which, once again, a media pundit imagines himself an important Dem campaign strategist. Cillizza, the Dems aren't pushing AOC. Media hacks like you were. She's one Democrat among many running under the Blue Wave. It's a team effort. No "stars". https://t.co/W14u6Jnkr8
— Donna Gratehouse (@DonnaDiva) July 18, 2018
That’s hilarious. The true hit jobs have been her own interviews.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) July 18, 2018
Wait I thought she was the future of the party, thats what Tom Perez said.This is too funny watching the Democratic party implode from within. https://t.co/wxU90dorac
— Eddie Haskell (@benbrugge) July 18, 2018
Wow. When leftist pravda #CNN tells you you've gone too far left you know you're in uncharted waters of crazy. 🤔
I say, please run her 24/7 as the fresh face of the left..cause that means super majorities in Congress for R's for years to come. 🤣🤣 https://t.co/JMqRuyWAs7
— RussianBot of DoubleThink (@jknight908) July 18, 2018
slow your roll….you mean like show restraint😂
Fake News putting the DNC Queen back in the bottle https://t.co/DSbRqs4MbL
— War-in-Zevon (@WIZARDNECK2112) July 18, 2018
Haha! Socialist Bae's 15 minutes are already up. https://t.co/mPMCMiccE2
— BrendaLee (@whitewinery) July 18, 2018
Lol the Democrats don’t have a roll to slow. https://t.co/GiZgtlr4ka
— The Wren (@WWren) July 18, 2018
She's ALREADY the big star.
Next comes supernova, and finally she becomes a black hole that sucks in the entire Democratic party. https://t.co/7wsyHT3fdq
— Thomas Wictor (@ThomasWictor) July 18, 2018
Too late. Obama's presidency unleashed a beast. You turds in media were fully on board.
Own it. https://t.co/i1fvtwVwNV
— Just Sham 🇺🇸 (@itsShamsFault) July 18, 2018
Too late. MSM has already gotten the ball moving and it is not going to stop. The GOP thanks you. https://t.co/9eGIJdpZoL
— Scott Wheeler (@scott_wheeler12) July 18, 2018
Nope, too late. Crown her and enjoy the damage.
— Rachel 🐶💙🇺🇸 (@RaychelTania) July 18, 2018
Nope! Nope! Keep her, Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi in the spotlight please. 😂😂
— Ben Jammin 🇺🇸 (@xBenJamminx) July 18, 2018
first Joe Lieberman, now CNN … ouch @Ocasio2018
— Nikki Haley 2024 🇺🇸 (@NikkiHaley2024) July 18, 2018
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