In recent years, homelessness in New York City has reached the highest levels since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez renewed calls for ICE to be abolished during an event Monday and lamented the agency “can’t be reformed”, and they are “an agency that systematically and repeatedly violates [illegals] human rights.”
“I think abolish ICE is a call to action on several levels. One is the literal interpretation of abolishing ICE, which I support and I’ve said, you know, on multiple occasions that I don’t believe that an agency that systematically and repeatedly violates human rights and I don’t think that agency can be reformed,” she said.
She went on to say, “I think it has to be abolished and I think we need to figure out a way of doing things. But that new way of doing things is I think what we need to build, and that’s also where the call to action is.”
To summarize, according to Ocasio-Cortez, we need to abolish ICE because they are abusing the “human rights” of illegals who are in the United States illegally, who, technically, have no legal rights because they are not American citizens, they are here illegally, which is why ICE is following the law and removing them. If they want their human rights to be respected, they need to enter legally, so they are protected by the laws that are in place to protect all American citizens.advertisement - story continues below
The New York Democrat Socialist vowed in January to defund U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and said all Latino people must be exempt from immigration laws because they are “native” to U.S. lands as they are descendants of Native people.
“[ICE] do not deserve a dime until they can prove that they are honoring human rights, until they can make a good faith effort to expand and embrace immigrants until they can prove good faith to an American ideal, they do not deserve any resources for their radical agenda,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“We have to have respect for children, respect for families, respect for human rights, and respect for the right of human mobility,” she added.
Ocasio-Cortez then said the U.S. must adhere to “the right of human mobility” and went on to suggest that Latino people cannot be criminalized because they are Native people.advertisement - story continues below
“Because we are standing on Native land, and Latino people are descendants of Native people. And we cannot be told and criminalized simply for our identity and our status,” she said.
“We are a nation and land of laws, not just [one where] some people are subject to laws and others are not,” she continued. “We are a land of laws.”
Exactly right Ms. Cortez, we are a nation of laws, and that is why ICE removes illegals, because they are enforcing the law that states people who are here illegally must be deported.
According to the official government website, “ICE’s mission is to protect America from the cross-border crime and illegal immigration that threaten national security and public safety. This mission is executed through the enforcement of more than 400 federal statutes and focuses on smart immigration enforcement, preventing terrorism and combating the illegal movement of people and goods.”advertisement - story continues below
Meanwhile, the crisis at the border worsens as thousands of illegal migrants falsely claim asylum and completely overwhelm the system. The humanitarian disaster is getting worse by the hour and agents from ICE, Border Patrol, Health and Human Services and are at their breaking point.
Where is Ocasio-Cortez’s concern for the thousands of American families and children that are homeless, or the thousands of veterans who are homeless? There are thousands of homeless people in New York that would benefit from the passion and zeal she feels for immigrants around the world.
Basic facts about homelessness in New York City:
- In recent years, homelessness in New York City has reached the highest levels since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
- In February 2019, there were 63,615 homeless people, including 15,344 homeless families with 22,717 homeless children, sleeping each night in the New York City municipal shelter system. Families make up three-quarters of the homeless shelter population.
- Over the course of City fiscal year 2018, 133,284 different homeless men, women, and children slept in the New York City municipal shelter system. This includes over 45,600 different homeless New York City children.
- In 2015, families entering shelter came from a few clustered zip codes in the poorest neighborhoods in New York City. However, homeless families and single adults come from every zip code in NYC prior to entering shelters.
- The number of homeless New Yorkers sleeping each night in municipal shelters is now 74 percent higher than it was ten years ago. The number of homeless single adults is 150 percent higher than it was ten years ago.
- Research shows that the primary cause of homelessness, particularly among families, is lack of affordable housing. Surveys of homeless families have identified the following major immediate, triggering causes of homelessness: eviction; doubled-up or severely overcrowded housing; domestic violence; job loss; and hazardous housing conditions.
- Research shows that, compared to homeless families, homeless single adults have much higher rates of serious mental illness, addiction disorders, and other severe health problems.
- Each night thousands of unsheltered homeless people sleep on New York City streets, in the subway system, and in other public spaces. There is no accurate measurement of New York City’s unsheltered homeless population, and recent City surveys significantly underestimate the number of unsheltered homeless New Yorkers.
- Studies show that the large majority of street homeless New Yorkers are people living with mental illness or other severe health problems.
- African-American and Latino New Yorkers are disproportionately affected by homelessness. Approximately 58 percent of New York City homeless shelter residents are African-American, 31 percent are Latino, 7 percent are white, less than 1 percent are Asian-American, and 3 percent are of unknown race/ethnicity.