Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams Fox News for using a deadly subway shooting in her district as an opportunity to criticize the congresswoman’s stance on Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The shooting, which happened in New York City over the weekend, was allegedly carried out by an MS-13 member who was in the country illegally. The gunman had been arrested in December for burglary, but ICE did not confirm at the time that he was undocumented. Only after the shooting, which killed 20-year-old Abel Mosso, did the immigration agency confirm the killer’s immigration status, according to a local ABC news outlet.
“We have video of him being murdered in the district of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” said co-host Brian Kilmeade as Fox & Friends aired footage of the deadly shooting on its Friday morning broadcast.
The video was accompanied by a headline which read: AOC won’t fund ICE despite MS-13 murder.” In another caption used with the video, the network said that the freshman congresswoman wanted to “abolish ICE.”
Kilmeade went further, saying that the “only hope we have of kicking this guy out before he can kill somebody, shoot somebody is ICE.” He added that people might be upset with the agents for not tracking down the gunman sooner.
“But no, not her. Ocasio-Cortez after, I imagine, seeing this horror, is upset that ICE even exists. She cried about it. And you just watched these border negotiations, as you see this horrible scene going down,” he said.
Ocasio-Cortez slammed the show in a Twitter post on Friday afternoon, writing that she has been working to “heal” her community while the immigration agency continues “detaining children.”
“Unlike these people, I actually care about my community. This happened across my old campaign office,” she wrote. “We’ve been monitoring this heartbreaking situation and have been working with the community to heal. Meanwhile, ICE is detaining children, political activists & 21 Savage.”
Unlike these people, I actually care about my community. This happened across my old campaign office.
We’ve been monitoring this heartbreaking situation and have been working with the community to heal.
Meanwhile, ICE is detaining children, political activists & 21 Savage. https://t.co/hCMdrFEwdF
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 8, 2019
The Fox & Friends segment came after Ocasio-Cortez vowed to defund ICE during a press conference on Thursday.
“We’re here to say that an agency like ICE, which repeatedly and systematically violates human rights, does not deserve a dime. They do not deserve a dime,” she said. The 29-year-old Democrat was seen wiping tears from her eyes during the event, which was also attended by fellow congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley.
Ocasio-Cortez wore a pin with a picture of Jakelin Caal Maquin, the 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in Customs and Border Protection custody, to Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday evening.
“We have to have respect for children, respect for families, respect for human rights and respect for the right of human mobility. Because it is a right. It is a right. Because we are standing on native land, and Latino people are descendants of native people,” Ocasio-Cortez said during Thursday’s event. “And we cannot be told and criminalized simply for our identity or our status. Period.”