Just days after the president declared in his State of the Union address that he would “never abolish ICE,” some freshman Democratic Lawmakers are responding.
Thursday morning in the shadow of the Capitol, New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was joined by fellow legislators and civil rights groups to call for the defunding of ICE. They say the President’s “deportation force” is out of control, and violates human rights.
“And now he is asking for $5 billion to continue to militarize and weaponize a force that has zero accountability, whose director and whose secretary has no idea when she goes in front of a hearing how many children are dying in her own care, under her own watch. And they have the audacity to ask for more money to fund that? I don’t think so," Ocasio-Cortez said.
The Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, which is trying to find a financial compromise to avoid another government shutdown by next week, is still debating the amount of money needed and for what purposes, from new technology to the wall.
On Thursday, the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee also met to discuss the Immigrant Family Separation Policy.