Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the self-avowed "democratic-socialist" running for Congress, is calling on progressive activists to "occupy" every U.S. airport, every Immigration and Customs Enforcement office, and all U.S. borders.
What did she say?
During an interview with Democracy Now! on Monday, Ocasio-Cortez claimed the "moral character" of the U.S. is at question thanks to President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy on illegal immigration, which resulted in thousands of children being separated from their jailed parents.
The only correct response to the policy, Ocasio-Cortez said, is to "occupy" every airport, ICE office, and all U.S. borders until each child is reunited with their parents. Her comments came in response to a question about her trip to the border three days prior to last month's New York primary.
Ocasio-Cortez, one of the most recognizable faces of the "abolish ICE" movement, said it boils down to the U.S. being "willing to walk the walk."
"Every day that we allow these 2,000 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 that I believe the moral character of the United States is at stake," Ocasio-Cortez explained.
"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," she said.
Ocasio-Cortez did not elaborate on her plan, nor did she explain how occupying U.S. borders would solve the border crisis.
Watch Ocasio-Cortez's comments below (the relevant portion begins around 25:50):
Aren't separated children being reunited, though?
San Diego Federal District Judge Dana Sabraw already mandated the government reunite each separated child with their family. In fact, each separated minor under age 5 has already been reunited and those 5-17 will be reunited by July 26.
On Monday, Sabraw also ordered the government to stop deporting reunited families for at least one week.
(H/T: PJ Media)