Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams border bill: US should not ‘be throwing more money to ICE’

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Ocasio-Cortez, who voted against a different border aid bill earlier in the week as well, said she opposes giving any more money to agencies who are enforcing President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, namely Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“I do not believe we should be throwing more money to ICE,” Ocasio-Cortez told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “The Lead.” “My district is 50% immigrant. I have an obligation and responsibility to protect them. I believe what we should ideally be doing is passing a pure humanitarian bill to get money straight to the kids.”

“We need to make sure these kids are protected as well as making sure we having their resources funded,” she added.

Ocasio-Cortez was one of only four House Democrats to vote against the House version of the bill Tuesday that passed 230-195 to approve $4.5 billion in aid for the growing crisis at the US southern border. She later voted against the Senate bill, which the House passed by a vote of 305-102.

When pressed on her opposition to both the House and Senate versions of the bill, Ocasio-Cortez again called for a “pure humanitarian bill.”

“I think a pure humanitarian bill could pass,” she said. “I do not believe that Republican voters are interested back home in preventing kids from getting toothbrushes and toothpaste.”



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