Self-described Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is perhaps the most high-profile politician to promote the wildly unpopular campaign to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
Throughout her 2018 campaign, the New York lawmaker repeatedly promised to work to end the federal agency tasked with removing people who enter the country illegally or overstay their welcome.
“#AbolishICE means not having an agency that incarcerates children and sexually assaults women with impunity,” Ocasio-Cortez posted to Twitter in August.
“An agency that has systematically and repeatedly commits (sic) human rights abuses cannot be reformed – it must be abolished,” she wrote in October.
Ocasio-Cortez’s calls to abolish ICE have only gained momentum since the election, with other high-profile Democrats like Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and others taking up the fight.
But when it came time to put her vote where her mouth is, Ocasio-Cortez opted to play politics rather than honor her promise to constituents. The youngest member of the House voted last week to continue to fund ICE at current levels, just days before she blasted ICE on MSNBC for promoting “death” on the southern border.
“The one thing the president has not talked about is the fact he has systematically engaged in the violation of human rights on our border. He has separated children from their families. He talked about what happened the day after Christmas, on the day of Christmas, a child died in ICE custody,” the politician told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow following Trump’s Oval Office address Wednesday. “The president should not be asking for more money to an agency that has systematically violated human rights.”
She never mentioned the fact that Democrats already approved fresh funding for ICE, which she supported.
“The president should be really defending why we are funding such an agency right now. What we are seeing is death. Right now what we are seeing is a violation of human rights. These children and families are held in basically freezing boxes that no person should be maintained in for any amount of time let alone the amount of time they are being kept.”
Regardless, the “Final Vote Results for Roll Call 9” shows Ocasio-Cortez voted “aye” along with 233 other Democrats in the House to send a Continuing Resolution to the Senate for the Department of Homeland Security to continue to fund ICE and U.S. Border Patrol.
And while it’s certainly hypocritical, the yes vote is probably a smart move, as polls show both Republicans and Democrats oppose the abolish ICE movement.
Polls conducted following Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign to abolish ICE revealed that a majority of Democrats, 60 percent, oppose abolishing the federal agency. About 70 percent of all American voters and 73 percent of swing voters said they oppose Ocasio-Cortez’s abolish ICE plan.
A more recent poll by Politico and Morning Consult show a whopping 79 percent of Americans believe the situation on the southern border is a serious problem, The Daily Caller reports.