Ocasio-Cortez: Latinos Can’t Be Illegals Because They’re ‘Descendants of Native People’

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Rep. Alma Adams react at House Democrats news conferenceon Capitol Hill in Washington

Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is being criticized by conservatives after she outlined the goals of a "Green New Deal" to combat climate change.

The self-described Democratic socialist spoke on Thursday alongside several liberal groups, including MoveOn and United We Dream, a pro-immigration group that calls for ICE to be abolished. She said she wants to hear from a newly established select committee on climate change, which will consider options not named in the Green New Deal. Her argument would also deny similar race-based migration rights to people who are not Latinos.

During Nielsen's heated exchange with Representative Luis Gutierrez (D., Texas), which Ocasio-Cortez referenced, the secretary distinguished between a comprehensive family-separation policy that would apply to all migrants and the zero-tolerance enforcement policy, which applied only to migrants who were being prosecuted for crossing the border illegally.

The resolution being introduced Thursday marks the first time Ocasio-Cortez and other lawmakers have attached legislative language to the Green New Deal, a concept that until now has been largely undefined other than as a call for urgent action to head off catastrophic climate change and create jobs. "So, I don't think that this is a snub", the NY congresswoman said outside the Capitol building while advocating for the Green New Deal.

"Not only will we not agree to fund [ICE], but we are here to say that an agency like ICE, which repeatedly and systematically violates human rights, does not deserve a dime", she continued. She said Pelosi asked her to serve on the committee, but she declined because it focuses on investigations.

The freshman congresswoman, along with Sen.

It envisions a 10-year mobilization that would upgrade and expand power sources and power grids to meet 100 percent of power demand via clean energy sources, as well as overhauling transport systems to "eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector as much as is technologically feasible". Ed Markey (D-Mass), unveiled a plan to revamp the USA economy and eliminate carbon emissions on Thursday, suggesting in an NPR interview that deficit spending might be the best way to pay for it. These included establishing an accelerated shift away from fossil fuels in the economy, establishing job guarantees for all American and creating national health care coverage.

In the past decade, she has already seen Democrats try and fail to pass a sweeping cap-and-trade climate law.

Even so, the Green New Deal goes far beyond the Clean Power Plan proposed by former President Barack Obama. Trump, who has expressed doubts about climate change, also is likely to oppose it. It was created to examine new climate change policies and does not have the sole objective of focusing on the Green New Deal, another complaint from the supporters of the proposal.

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