“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.
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.”