In an released Wednesday, the congresswoman was asked about her previous , which is a DHS agency that enforces federal immigration laws inside the country, including deportation and detention of undocumented immigrants. 

Ocasio-Cortez criticized the “core structure of ICE… and frankly, the entire Department of Homeland Security,” saying their roles were “extrajudicial” and “lack effective oversight.” She noted that DHS was formed in 2002 and ICE in 2003 under the George W. Bush administration after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

“Would you get rid of Homeland Security?” the interviewer asked. 

“I think so. I think so,” Ocasio-Cortez responded, adding that the country needs to “undo a lot of the egregious mistakes” from the Bush administration. “I feel

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