Democratic Socialist congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez agreed with a statement that President Trump’s immigration policies are similar to ethnic cleansing in a new podcast episode that was released on Tuesday.
Ocasio-Cortez made a guest appearance on “In The Thick,” a podcast “about race, identity and politics [that] few people are discussing or want to discuss,” according to its website.
“We also have to ask ourselves the question: How much is this black-box detention necessary? And you look at these facilities — we’re caging women and children, we’re jumping to criminalize people … ” Ocasio-Cortez stated. (RELATED: I’m A Conservative, And I Went To An Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Rally)
“Kinda like ethnic cleansing,” Maria Hinojosa, one of the co-hosts responded.
Ocasio-Cortez responded, “I mean, we’re on that spectrum, I would say.”
President Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy, which separated families who were apprehended trying to enter the country illegally, evoked a lot of backlash. The president’s rhetoric in regard to immigration and MS-13 in particular also aided in the controversy, which could be an issue that impacts the midterm elections.
Ocasio-Cortez beat out the longterm incumbent, Joe Crowley for the Democratic nomination.