AOC “DHS shouldn’t exist, agencies should be reorganized, ICE gotta go”

Tuesday, AOC demanded DHS and ICE be banished.

She wrote:

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.

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.

Wednesday, she responded to criticism by adding:

Maybe I’m not trying to calculate my stances in service of a positional career aspiration, but rather use my seat to advocate for what I believe is right.

Challenging DHS is not an “extreme, fringe” view. DHS is rel. new & its Patriot Act powers have long been controversial.

People have been writing about the deeply concerning issues with the structure of DHS for a long time.

This is from 3 years before I was even elected.

It’s not “fringe” to ask why FEMA & ICE are in the same Dept operation. Or question ICE’s operations