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House Majority Whip Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) on Monday pushed back against the anti-ICE rhetoric of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.), saying that it "goes too far."
Hoyer appeared on Fox News' "Your World" with Neil Cavuto to discuss the Democratic strategy to prevent another government shutdown, which transitioned into a conversation on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Host Neil Cavuto mentioned how some of the far-left members of Congress, such as Ocasio-Cortez, have called for ICE to be defunded altogether and asked Hoyer how he responds that rhetoric.
"They didn't go that far. Some suggested eliminating ICE as an organization. I was not for that. The speaker was not for that clearly," Hoyer said. "We're going to have immigrants. We're going to have customs. We need enforcement."
Cavuto asked Hoyer to clarify whether he believes ICE "has value," prompting him to say, "Of course it does… It's an essential agency."
"So when [Ocasio-Cortez] and others say that it isn't doing that and it should be shut down, you say that goes too far?" Cavuto asked.
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Here’s what must be done:
We must #abolishICE. It’s very structure is about as undemocratic and authoritarian as it gets in the US.
We have to replace ICE with an updated INS-like structure that handles crime through the same court system we’ve had for well over 100 years. /8
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 26, 2018
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