Published June 01, 2018
Some background on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) before we dive into NY congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s view of it as a backdrop to my sentiment of established democratic representatives.
In 2018, ICE requested 7.9 billion dollars for their annual budget employing 20,967 full time equivalents and received 7.6 billion with the support of established democrats. 1 To put that in perspective, the FBI which is the largest investigative organization requested 8.8 billion employing 31,999 FTEs. 2 ICE is under the umbrella of the Department of Homeland Security which isn’t in the jurisdiction of the older historic Department of Justice. It’s mission is “empowered to handle all criminal prosecutions and civil suits in which the United States had an interest.” 3 Why doesnt immigrant prosecutions fall into that mission statement? It would seem the entire DHS premise is to be outside the oversight of the Attorney General. From my limited research it appears self regulatory 4.
And our incumbents created that system. Everyone who voted for it is responsible. Period. And they need to be held accountable and if they’re not actively calling for the abolition of ICE, then I don’t want to hear it. This idea that we’re going to fight Trump without taking hard committed stances is just a farce and it’s a media play and I do think that our Democratic establishment has to take ownership over the mistakes that they have made in the past — and they either, they should either acknowledge their past actions as mistakes and commit to a course correction or, if they don’t acknowledge that their actions were a mistake, frankly, they need to go.
There seem to be three bipartisan issues congress across the board support, all things pro-Israel, funding the military industrial complex which includes mass surveillance of it’s citizens, and the prison industrial complex which includes ICE. I extend her quote about immigration to all three of these issues. It’s past time these long standing corporate funded candidates are voted out.
It’s incredibility important these types of nominees are promoted for their courage to run under “democratic socialists” and bringing that term to light under a government which works hard to suppress any anti-capitalist efforts. Not to suggest Ocasio-Cortez is outright anti-capitalist, but she has some radical ideas which are certainly in the socialist realm. I intend to write more about this subject as we get closer to November and beyond.
Let us note that Ocasio-Cortez isn’t promoting the abolishment of all our immigration policies,
but what it does mean is to get rid of the draconian enforcement that has happened since 2003 that routinely violates our civil rights, because, frankly, it was designed with that structure in mind.
https://www.justice.gov/file/968931/download This report didn’t include the actual fiscal amount that was granted to the FBI. It also employs 33,533 direct positions for a total of 65,532 employees, but doesn’t specify the difference between those and FTEs.↩
Document from DHS Office of Inspector General https://www.oversight.gov/report/dhs/major-management-and-performance-challenges-facing-department-homeland-security-1↩
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