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New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has taken aim at Joe Biden for reopening a juvenile migrant detention facility.
The representative has been at the forefront of those who want to abolish ICE and basically have open borders and the Biden administration’s decision has made her furious, as she expressed in a Twitter screed on Tuesday.
“This is not okay, never has been okay, never will be okay – no matter the administration or party,” she said in response to The Washington Post story.
This is not okay, never has been okay, never will be okay – no matter the administration or party. https://t.co/AEV7s7QQnB
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 23, 2021
Though the fiery 31-year-old former bartender did not say precisely where she would like the unaccompanied, undocumented children to stay.
“Our immigration system is built on a carceral framework. It’s no accident that challenging how we approach both these issues are considered ‘controversial’ stances. They require reimagining our relationship to each other and challenging common assumptions we take for granted,” she said.
Interestingly she did not refer to the facility as a “concentration camp” as she had other facilities when President Donald Trump was trying to protect the country and border.
“It’s only 2 mos into this admin & our fraught, unjust immigration system will not transform in that time. That’s why bold reimagination is so impt. DHS shouldn’t exist, agencies should be reorganized, ICE gotta go, ban for-profit detention, create climate refugee status & more,” she said.
Ok, so the Department of Homeland Security, formed after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, should not exist, nor should Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to her.
Then who does she think should be responsible for securing the border and the homeland? Or perhaps a woman who was 11 years old when the September 11 terrorist attacks happened should not be making that call.
But more importantly what is unjust about the immigration system of the United States? Is the solution people like Rep. Ocasio-Cortez seek not to enforce immigration laws? To abolish them?
People are sneaking into our nation in violation of the law and punishment is prescribed for that. But her frustration is warranted because that has not been the Democrat platform, and it definitely was not the platform of President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
During the 2020 Democrat Presidential Debate, Harris promised that she would release kids from cages.
“I will immediately put in place a meaningful process for reviewing the cases for asylum and release children from cages and get rid of the private detention centers,” she said. “And ensure that this microphone that the president of the United States holds in her hand is used in a way that is about reflecting the values of our country and not about locking children up.”
And during a presidential debate, Biden also derided the use of cages.
“Their kids were ripped from their arms and separated,” he said. “And now they cannot find over 500 sets of those parents and those kids are alone — nowhere to go, nowhere to go.”
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Biden had also asserted that the cages were not built by the administration of former President Obama. A claim so egregious that PolitiFact fact-checked it as false.
“What Latinos should look at is, comparing this president to the president we have is outrageous, number one,” Biden said in the claim. “We didn’t lock people up in cages. We didn’t separate families. We didn’t do all of those things, number one.”
“Immigration policies of Obama and Trump are very different. Trump’s administration implemented a policy that led to the separation of thousands of children from their parents. Obama did not have that policy,” PolitiFact said.
“But for Biden to say that Obama’s administration did not put people in cages is inaccurate. Obama and Biden in 2014 saw an influx of children arriving at the border without a parent or guardian and reporting from 2014 by the Arizona Republic referred to a chain-link enclosure holding children as ‘cages.’ A former Homeland Security secretary under the Obama administration in interviews has acknowledged that some have described as ‘cages’ the enclosures used during Obama’s tenure,” it said.