Socialist Ocasio-Cortez Calls For Occupation of Airports, ICE Offices

‘We have to mobilize,’ she says

 | – JULY 17, 2018

Far-left New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has called on protesters to “occupy” airports, border crossings, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices nationwide.

“We have to occupy all of it,” she told Democracy Now! on Monday. “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 claimed that ICE is not in the business of immigration enforcement, despite that being in its very name.

“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.”

“We have to show people that we’re willing to walk the walk and put our money where our mouth is,” she added.

Despite ICE becoming a big target for the far-left, Democrats are hesitant to go after the agency due to the majority of Americans supporting it and the radical optics of opposing immigration enforcement.

For example, Democrats introduced an “Abolish ICE” bill but then refused to vote on it, with some Democratic lawmakers admitting it was a “publicity stunt.”

However, Reps. Clay Higgins (R-La.) and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) are crafting a “support ICE” bill that will be voted on the House floor on Wednesday.

“What I found so interesting is the Democrats introduced a bill to abolish ICE … we give them an opportunity, and they say they don’t want to vote for it, McCarthy said Monday.

Rather than allowing a vote against ICE, Republican leadership felt it better to record votes in favor of the agency.

“After being called on their bluff, Democrats ran scared from their own bill,” Speaker Paul Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said in a statement.

“Democrats will now have the chance to stand with the majority of Americans who support ICE and vote for this resolution, or follow the extreme voices on the far left calling for abolishment of an agency that protects us.”

It’s clear Ocasio-Cortez’s position of abolishing ICE is too extreme for mainline Democrats, especially during an election season, so it remains to be seen how she plans to achieve her vision of a borderless utopia.

House Democrats introduce ‘Abolish ICE’ bill

House Democrats introduce ‘Abolish ICE’ bill

Protesters call for the abolition of ICE outside the Justice Department, Washington DC © Joshua Roberts / Reuters

The far left’s calls to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) took one step closer to reality, as progressive House Democrats introduced a bill that would disband the agency and shift its duties to other agencies.

The bill, sponsored by Democrat Representatives Mark Pocan (Wisconsin), Pramila Jayapal (Washington) and Adriano Espaillat (New York) is the first effort by liberal Democrats to legislate the controversial agency out of existence, and was introduced on Thursday.

Its sponsors argue that ICE has become a “militarized” deportation force, used by the Trump administration to “terrorize our communities” with “unchecked power,” according to Pocan.

The bill, called the Humane Immigration Enforcement System Act, would see a commission established to review ICE’s responsibilities and recommend transferring them to other agencies. After one year, Congress would implement the commission’s proposed recommendations and disband ICE.

“The agency has a very broad jurisdiction and was created to combat terrorism, human trafficking, and drugs. Yet, ICE now spends the majority of its time detaining and separating mothers and fathers seeking safety for themselves and their children,” said Espaillat.

ICE was established in 2003, as then-President George W. Bush sought to beef up America’s security in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. It was formed with the merger of several existing agencies like the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the US Customs Service, all under the umbrella of the newly-formed Department of Homeland Security.

It seems extremely unlikely that the House Democrats’ latest bill will result in ICE’s abolition. Republicans hold a majority in the House and some more centrist Democrats do not support such a drastic step. In addition, only 25 percent of Americans and 43 percent of Democrats support abolishing ICE, according to a recent Politico poll.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) called the bill “the craziest position I’ve ever seen,” adding that Democrats are “tripping over themselves to move too far to the left.”

‘Abolish ICE’ became a rallying cry for the progressive wing of the Democratic party amid outrage over President Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy. After it emerged last month that the Trump administration was separating illegal immigrant children from their families and detaining them, protesters have picketed ICE offices and ‘Antifa’ activists distributed a database of some 1,600 ICE employees, featuring names, photos, addresses and children’s names of the staff.

While ICE is responsible for enforcing immigration policy, it is also tasked with other missions, like fighting money laundering, cybercrime, transnational gangs, and human trafficking. However, public anger against the agency has risen to a point where Democrat politicians are embracing calls to shut it down.

2020 presidential hopefuls Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) have taken up the torch and called for the agency’s abolition, as have former New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and former Obama Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

So too has Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old Democratic Socialist who ousted 10-term incumbent Joseph Crowley in New York’s Democratic primary last month. In an interview given to CNN after her victory, Cortez incorrectly described ICE as an “extrajudicial”organization that runs “black sites at our border.”

The Trump administration, however, has vowed never to abolish ICE. In a speech to agency employees last week, Vice President Mike Pence said that his administration is “with you 100 percent.”

Last month, Trump told Fox Business that abolishing ICE would “lead to massive, massive crime,” and accused progressive Democrats of running on a platform of “open borders which equals crime.”

“I think they’ll never win another election,” he said. “So I’m actually quite happy about it.”

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Illegal Aliens Deserve ‘Right of Passage’ to Freely Enter U.S.

Ocasio says that not only should the U.S. abolish the ICE but that foreign nationals, border crossers, and illegal aliens are entitled to enter the U.S

By John Binder

Socialist Democrat candidate for Congress Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is taking her campaign for open borders even further to the political left, now saying that all border crossers and illegal aliens deserve a “right of passage” into the United States.

Last week, Ocasio delivered an upset to establishment Democratic power player Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) in the district’s primary election, running on a platform that promises to abolish all immigration and border enforcement.

Now, in an interview with AJ+, owned by the Al Jazeera Media Network, Ocasio says that not only should the U.S. abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency — which is tasked with enforcing interior immigration laws — but that foreign nationals, border crossers, and illegal aliens are entitled to enter the U.S.

Ocasio said:

I think that immigration should be safe. I think that we should grant people a safe and documented right of passage. Republicans try all these scare tactics. And they go ‘Oh, open borders.’ Because they’re trying to incite fear. But what we really need to do is demilitarize a lot of what’s going on in terms of the detention of people, which has been happening for a very long time by the way. [Emphasis added]

So I think that when we talk about replacing it with a system, we talk about having a system that is safe, that documents people effectively, that is also not rooted in the discrimination that our immigration system was initially built on. [Emphasis added]

The first immigration law in the United States was the Chinese Exclusion Act. The first law about immigration in the United States was about how do we exclude a specific type of people. And our immigration system has really kind of evolved from that initial root and I don’t think it necessarily has to be that way. [Emphasis added]

Ocasio is increasingly shaping the Democratic Party’s open borders platform ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Since her beating of Crowley in the Bronx, Democrats in the House and Senate, along with progressive liberals like Cynthia Nixon in New York, have been demanding ICE be abolished and all immigration enforcement be ended.

House Democrats are now crafting legislation that would officially abolish ICE, while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has been purged from the Democratic party for failing to endorse the “abolish ICE” campaign like his fellow left-wingers such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

The latest Harvard/Harris Poll, though, reveals that swing voters are overwhelmingly opposed to the Democrats’ plan to end all immigration enforcement across the U.S. Nearly 3-in-4 swing voters, about 73 percent, said they do not want ICE to be disbanded, as Breitbart News reported. Less than 30 percent of swing voters said they support the abolishment of ICE.

Even Democrat voters are opposed to the abolishment of ICE. Nearly 60 percent of Democrats said they do not want ICE to be disbanded.

Abolishing the deportation agency, as Breitbart News reported, would have allowed more than 1.6 million illegal aliens to have gone free throughout the U.S. in the last five years.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder. 


Border Patrol Arrests Gang Members, Child Molesters in South Texas

18th Street gang member arrested after illegally re-entering the U.S. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol)

By Bob Price

Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector stopped five illegal immigrants from successfully making their way back into the U.S. The agents arrested two 18th Street gang members, two child molesters, and a man previously charged with felony sexual contact.

In a series of separate incidents, Border Patrol agents kept numerous criminal aliens from successfully re-entering the U.S. after previous removals, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.

Agents arrested two 18th Street gang members in separate incidents in South Texas. In the first, Rio Grande City Station agents arrested a Honduran man near Roma. Elsewhere, Kingsville Station agents arrested a Salvadoran man about 80 miles inland, near Sarita. In both cases, biometric background investigations revealed the two men were members of the violent 18th Street gang.

In Donna, Texas, Weslaco Station agents apprehended a Mexican national after he illegally crossed the border. When agents investigated the man’s records, they discovered a 2007 conviction in Hidalgo County, Texas, for indecency with a child. He received a three-year prison sentence for his crime.

Further up the highway, agents at the Falfurrias Station came across a Guatemalan national illegally present in the U.S. The agents conducted a background check which revealed a 2004 conviction in Redwood City, California, for sex with a minor. The California court sentenced the criminal alien to 45 days in jail and three years of probation.

Agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station arrested a Salvadoran man after he illegally crossed the border. The agents transferred the Salvadoran national to the station for processing where they learned the man had been arrested by the Saint Paul Police Department in Minnesota for felony sexual contact in the third degree. A court convicted the foreign national to three years in prison and placed him on probation for 15 years.

Agents processed all of the criminal aliens and turned them over to Homeland Security Investigation who will hold them for prosecution on immigration violations. Illegal re-entry after removal is a felony punishable by a prison sentence of up to 20 years. Their previous orders of removal will also be reinstated, officials said.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas. He is a founding member of the Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTXGAB, and Facebook.


Democratic Party Protesters Take to the Streets to Call for Abolishing Our Borders (VIDEOS)


by Cassandra Fairbanks

During Saturday’s nationwide protests against Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, there was one theme that seemed to play out in every city — a call for abolishing our border, thus ending our nation.

In multiple cities, the protesters, organized by Democratic Party organization, chanted “no borders, no nations, no deportations.”


The demonstrator went on the claim that it was America’s fault that these people are fleeing, but became agitated when asked by Marcus why they would want to come to the “imperialist” nation that he believes destroyed their homes.

“This was a very angry protest. Several thousand strong. Main messages I heard and saw were ‘F*CK TRUMP,’ “TRUMP’S RACIST,’ ‘Stop putting kids in cages,’ ‘This is Nazi behavior,’ ‘Impeach Trump,’ and ‘No Borders’ — there was a lot of that. No borders was a very prevalent message. There were also many calls to end capitalism and demanding that America is imperialist,” Marcus said.


In Chicago, where Marcus was on hand filming interviews with the leftist protesters, he found that anyone who attempted to draw a distinction between illegal and legal immigrants faced immediate backlash.

“There was no room for the idea that there’s a distinction between legal and illegal immigrants,” Marcus continued. “Even raising the possibility drew instant hostility. A lot of the usual suspects on hand for any progressive Chicago protest; International ANSWER and other radical Marxist groups. I didn’t spot any black bloc or Antifa so that’s a baby step in a positive direction.”