Rashida Tlaib Wants To Defund ICE And Other Immigration Agencies, Says They ‘Terrorize Migrant Communities’

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, infamous member of the “Squad” who has made a name for herself by spouting off anti-Semitic rhetoric, apparently made a call for the defunding of immigration agencies during an interview she conducted with Just Futures Law that was released on Wednesday.

Tlaib talked about the northern border of the U.S., employing the use of anecdotal evidence to try and build a case for racial profiling at the border between Canada and the U.S. She then went on to state that there’s been a militarization of areas located near the border.

via Daily Wire:

As reported by Fox News, “Tlaib was asked about the push by the Biden administration to increase money spent on border technology for Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) border request includes $665 million in investments toward modernizing land ports of entry and $47 million to invest in detection capabilities in addition to investments in border surveillance technology.”

Tlaib was asked about what can be done in order to make sure that even Democrats don’t embrace new technologies that have been allegedly marketed as a “smart” alternative to “Trump’s wall.”

“Look, the simple answer to that question is we must eliminate funding for [Customs and Border Protection], [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] and their parent organization, [Department of Homeland Security],” Tlaib went on to say.

“Time after time we have seen it as advocates on the ground, as human services agencies on the ground to continue to see over and over again, that these agencies are inept to humanely guiding migrants through our immigration system and… instead they further continue to terrorize migrant communities located within our communities,” the Michigan congresswoman said.

“This approach is something that many of, especially the new members of Congress, are coming with full force and pushing back against this idea,” Tlaib proclaimed. “They rename this kind of militarization or targeting in a very inhumane way of our immigrant neighbors, but when it comes down to it it is the same thing – which is targeting communities of color in a way that is, to me, very much violates human rights and dignity for so many of our communities.”

She said that it is a “myth” that “more advanced technology will inherently make our border more safe and secure.” She added that instead, the new technology has “turned and terrorized” some communities and made them less safe and “fearful of our own government.”

“This is a distraction to what is really needed, which is full comprehensive immigration reform policies in our country. We are far from even getting to that conversation because people are distracted with these for-profit, corporate greed approaches that are coming to experiment on our immigrants and at our border,” the “Squad” member added. “And I say ‘enough.’ Enough in trying to collect DNA or put facial recognition technology that doesn’t recognize brown and black faces, it’s racism itself.”

“Stop telling the communities that you’re supposed to keep safe that this is the way to be safe in our communities,” she said. “…If anything, they’re turning around and using the same criminalization and militarization on our own neighbors. And I tell this to my residents who say, ‘I’m a U.S. citizen, I was born here.’ I say, ‘Just wait. Wait, sis, because they will turn and ask you for your documentation…’”

“Whatever they call it, all I know is it is a money-making scheme and they’re using our immigrant neighbors and our border as an experiment project,” Tlaib continued.

Rather than trying to think of ways that the current immigration system could be reformed and made better, Tlaib opted to just double down on attacks against the immigration agencies that have the very difficult task of ensuring the safety of U.S. citizens from criminal illegals.

The border crisis that is still happening at the southern border has grown out of control under the Biden administration as states like Texas have struggled to maintain control of the situation. Ohio has become the latest state to announce that it would be sending some National Guard troops to the southern border after Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sent a letter to every governor in the country asking them to send “all available law-enforcement resources to the border in defense of our sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

Forbes recently reported that “180,034…migrants were intercepted by law enforcement along the U.S.-Mexico border in May, according to figures released by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, up slightly from April but still representing a 20-year high.”

Folks, this situation is far from being over. Something needs to be done immediately to bring this crisis to a close and to protect both our people and our resources.

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