Leftist New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has called on protesters to “occupy” airports, border crossings, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices nationwide.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “We have to occupy all of it. We need to occupy every airport, we need to occupy every border, we need to occupy every ICE office…” pic.twitter.com/j2yaAcYCNT
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“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.”
As Newsweek noted, Ocasio-Cortez is now one of the most recognizable faces of the absurd “Abolish ICE” movement that, despite the hesitation of more politically and governmentally savvy Democrats, is gathering steam among the grassroots.
“Our nation is in a moral crisis,” said Ocasio-Cortez in response to a question about why she went to the border just three days before the primary election.
“Every day that we allow these two thousand children that have been ripped from their parents — which is an internationally recognized human rights violation, this is being done in our name, this is being done in representation of us as United States citizens — every day that we allow the continued violation of those children’s rights is the day I believe the moral character of the United States is at stake.”
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 have a rapid response,” she said. “And I think every day that we go on, especially a day when something that heinous happens, we have to occupy all of it. 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.”
“We have to show people that we’re willing to walk the walk,” she said.
She called the Trump presidency “rising fascism” and said “we need to be ready to drop everything and go straight to LaGuardia airport. We need to be ready to drop everything and go straight to our local ICE agency.”
“This can only be blocked through our own action,” she added.