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AOC calls for dismantling Homeland Security. Will other Democrats follow?

We go now to Washington, D.C., where we’re
joined by Democratic Congresswoman Nanette Barragán of California. Let me ask you about the growing rift, the
increasingly public dispute between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and four freshman congresswomen, who are known as “the squad”—Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley. Pelosi recently told The New York Times, “All
these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world. But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many
votes they got.” Yesterday, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told The
Washington Post, “When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping
the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate
members, which I understood. But the persistent singling out—it got to
a point where it was just outright disrespectful—the explicit singling out of newly elected women
of color.” Can we get your response to this? Because, certainly, it has intensified over
the whole issue of immigration. Yes. There’s a lot of tension going on, certainly
when the House supplemental bill came up versus the Senate supplemental bill came out. We were fighting to get provisions, guardrails
and provisions in there, so that we could have some accountability and some oversight. When you’re just handing out a blank check,
it doesn’t feel good. And then you see what’s happening at the
border, and it only then intensifies why we were fighting so hard to get these provisions
in and these guardrails, as I like to call them, in. And so, this has been the result of some disagreement
within the party on whether you give a blank check, whether you put the guardrails in there
or not. You know, I did not support, in the end, the
Senate’s version of the bill, because it had no oversight provisions. It didn’t have the very critical things
that we needed as just a first step. And so, this is going to be an ongoing issue. $4.6 billion. Absolutely. Let me ask you about your response to Congressmember
Ocasio-Cortez calling for the Department of Homeland Security to be dismantled. Here, she’s being interviewed by The New
Yorker magazine editor-in-chief David Remnick. And he asked her if DHS should be abolished. I think so. I think so. I think we need to undo a lot of the egregious—a
lot of the egregious mistakes that the Bush administration did. I feel like we are at a very—it is a very
qualified and supported position, at least in terms of evidence and in terms of being
able to make the argument that we never should have created DHS in the early 2000s. Congressmember Barragán, do you agree? Do you feel the Department of Homeland Security
should be abolished? You know, I happen to sit on the Committee
for Homeland Security, and homeland security is really big. And I think that is the problem. It oversees everything from the Secret Service,
all FEMA rescue and recovery. It does human trafficking. It does, you know, CBP officers at the ports
of entry, airports and seaports, that are protecting this country from terrorist threats. So it is very big. And within that, you then have ICE, and you
have enforcement happening. And so, there does need to be serious look
at how do we restructure this, how do we break this up, how do we make it so that it’s
not so big and unmanageable. And we have seen that in various hearings
in homeland security on the inability to see this really large agency—it’s the largest
law enforcement agency, that does so many factors. So, I have serious concerns with enforcement
and ICE right now, and I think we certainly need to look at how do we fix these systemic
problems and how do we restructure it so that it’s not what it is now, which is a lot
of abuses of people’s rights and violations of human rights at the border.


  1. cryptkeeper08
    cryptkeeper08 July 12, 2019

    nancy is old white money who was raised in a climate of outward racism. it wouldn't be a stretch to say she might share some of those values to those of the racist old white money of the time.

  2. ALP7A
    ALP7A July 12, 2019

    lol, open the borders while your at it. Doubt the masses support it.

  3. Daniel Quinn
    Daniel Quinn July 12, 2019

    It’s not homeland security or ice it’s the return of the gustapo a systematic slaughter and cruelty of innocent children
    Putting these white supremists in charge of children is like putting a paedophile rapist in charge of miss teen universe

  4. P Bass
    P Bass July 12, 2019

    AOC is an Idiot with no brains just huge mouth.

  5. Donna M
    Donna M July 12, 2019

    Wish she'd dismantle Pelosi too.
    AOC needs to be handed the gavel from the self appointed speaker.

  6. Billy McCarthy
    Billy McCarthy July 12, 2019

    Do the planet a favour snd end rhe CIA first. Then get the Brits who set up your OSS originally to dismantle MI6.

  7. White Tara
    White Tara July 12, 2019

    The GOP always puts on a show that it is all about small government, but then creates Homeland Security which costs the tax payers 47 BILLION dollars a year and has to be vigilantly watched by congress as it almost routinely foregoes the constitutional rights of American citizens.

  8. _lil_rio96
    _lil_rio96 July 12, 2019

    Ocasio whatever the power that be u are making yourself a target so sit down somewhere

  9. Steven Yourke
    Steven Yourke July 12, 2019

    9/11 was an Israeli false flag operation!

  10. Linda Steckel
    Linda Steckel July 12, 2019

    AOC would like to turn America Into a third world nation.

  11. Sneha M
    Sneha M July 12, 2019

    America please don't do it. Please don't get rid of national security infrastructure. Why do you want to open borders?. Don't you value sovereignty of your country. It is beyond my belief why would anyone open borders just for votes.

  12. Tropical Storm Rain
    Tropical Storm Rain July 12, 2019

    AOC on DN. How fitting for leftist propaganda.

  13. FirstName LastName
    FirstName LastName July 12, 2019

    The other Democrats will not help them, because Pelosi has been exposed as a white supremacist.

  14. David Reinhart
    David Reinhart July 12, 2019

    She is a communist. And I am guessing you are too.

  15. SourBogBubble
    SourBogBubble July 12, 2019

    NO, that bitch is crazier than TRUMP. By like 10 folds.

  16. Dennis Carrier
    Dennis Carrier July 12, 2019

    ICE and Homeland Security special agents have been involved in many large drug seizures. Including a huge one in the Caribbean last year. Shortly after leaving his job Tom Ridge privately told my mother that DHS thwarted many terrorist plots the public will never know about. Because the information is classified. When Ocasio-Cortez says she wants to abolish these agencies the terrorists and drug cartels are cheering. I've never before seen a politician with an agenda of less law enforcement.

  17. Humboldt Hot Takes
    Humboldt Hot Takes July 12, 2019

    I know this is weird- although I keep havin the urge to pull her hair back so to see her power

  18. Guest User
    Guest User July 12, 2019

    While we commit genocide, fumble over human rights, and racism the criminal cabals like the trump administration keeps us busy with these issues and more while the Canary in the coal mine Elephant in the room goes on un noticed and unchanged.

  19. Robert Brooks
    Robert Brooks July 12, 2019

    Aoc. Do you hate America that much? You were born here. Correct?

  20. peter8488
    peter8488 July 12, 2019

    Where is the conservative support for AOC are they not all about smaller government, AOC exposing the nonsense since January 2019 😃

  21. unclepatrick2
    unclepatrick2 July 12, 2019

    The Coast Guard should not be part of DHS. It should be part of the DOD.
    FEMA should not be part of Homeland.

  22. Iowarail
    Iowarail July 12, 2019

    Is the USA a sovereign nation??

  23. Cooper Hoover
    Cooper Hoover July 12, 2019

    I know this is a liberal channel but less agencies the better. Shut them all down!

  24. kingtut777
    kingtut777 July 12, 2019


  25. OccupyYourMind
    OccupyYourMind July 12, 2019

    Yes, abolish Homeland Security, govt spying without a warrant, Patriot Act and other laws that have followed creating an atmosphere of fear. People, safety is an illusion! There's no such thing! This fear-based society is just causing us a lot of stress and driving us apart–exactly what the Powers That Be want, so they can control us better…

  26. Paul Jones
    Paul Jones July 12, 2019

    DHS is bloated and should be truncated……………..DHS was a response to the false flag of 9/11.

  27. Vilhelmas Sadowski
    Vilhelmas Sadowski July 12, 2019

    Can we stop calling them "people of color"? White is a color too jackasses.

  28. Elisa An
    Elisa An July 12, 2019

    Human trafficking has only increased since the 2000 advent of this.

  29. Mark Cross
    Mark Cross July 12, 2019

    I don't even have to read this to be for it.
    I NEVER like the bullshit idea to begin with. People need to stop themselves and their political leaders from re-acting to fear with more controls that are only going to hurt law abiding citizens and do nothing to help.
    Wake up and realize the government names are the opposite of their actual purpose!

  30. Bright Estate
    Bright Estate July 12, 2019

    Not a good title politically

  31. Bow Arma
    Bow Arma July 12, 2019

    Yay Socialism!!!

    TRUMP 2020 🇺🇸

  32. blkcoupequattro
    blkcoupequattro July 12, 2019

    We’re at a standstill in America, get your pitchforks ready!

  33. Nightmare Core
    Nightmare Core July 12, 2019

    🇲🇽Aoc don't stand for me, her ignorance will destroy us.🇺🇲

  34. MORE1500
    MORE1500 July 12, 2019

    This is a good idea. The war on terror was based on lies and used as a pretext to create a national security state.

  35. Achote671
    Achote671 July 12, 2019

    is it OK if this lady did not answer the question!? democrat looks Latina? married to French? so people that don't answer questions to a national audience are! guilty of something ? stupid? 💩

  36. Duwomaiish Gabrielle
    Duwomaiish Gabrielle July 12, 2019

    Pelosi and Schumer need to resign, these two are actually Republicans in disguise. They serve the Billionaire Class, Wall Street, and Israel's Apartheid State. What we have is a Privileged Class of Multi-Millionaires and Billionaires who are above the Law. One in fact is Jeffrey Epstein, Trump's Old friend, who it is said, is a Mossad Agent. So we have a Mossad Agent, friend of Donald Trump who specializes in compromising Politicians and Celebrities with Under Age Girls! Everyone of these Party Leaders needs to be investigated! If they are compromised, then we need to root them out. Including Donald Trump, who is owned by Israel's Banksters!

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