Watch Out Washington: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Circus are Coming to Town

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), the self-described representative of America’s illegal alien population, is calling it a career (at least for now) and retiring from Congress. What he lacked in legislative accomplishments during his 26 years in Congress, he made up for by honing the fine art of street theater – being the first to be arrested at numerous protests demanding amnesty and other rewards for illegal aliens.

For a while, it seemed like Washington might be rather dull without him. But, never fear, a replacement is on the way. After her upset victory over the fourth ranking House Democrat, Joe Crowley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez promises to be the P.T. Barnum of the abolish borders movement. Street theater is about to give way to the three ring circus.

Abolishing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency was a pillar of her primary campaign (the November general election being a mere formality in New York’s heavily Democratic 14th congressional district), and she means it. Appearing on Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman, Ocasio-Cortez pledged a “rapid response” to any and all ICE enforcement actions. Not just rapid, but apparently by any means necessary to prevent U.S. immigration laws from being enforced.

“We have to occupy all of it. We need to occupy every airport. We need to occupy every border. We need to occupy every ICE office until those kids are back with their parents, period,” Ocasio-Cortez pledged. Forget shutting down the occasional street in the nation’s capital, or blocking the entrance to a local Federal Building housing ICE offices. The open borders radicals, soon to be led by a member of the United States House of Representatives, may be shutting down the country on behalf of their cause.

As Ocasio-Cortez amply demonstrated in a recent appearance on PBS’s Firing Line, mastery of issues and facts matters little among the radical wing that has infiltrated the Democratic Party. It’s all about emotional outbursts. And, as The New Yorker magazine warns, the fringe can quickly become the mainstream. “Ocasio-Cortez’s victory, and her quick embrace by the Party afterward, repeated a pattern, which has been happening since the middle of the Obama years, of Democrats adopting, rather than shunning, left-wing protest movements: Occupy, Black Lives Matter, and now Sandersism.”

If the Democratic Party’s wholesale refusal to stand behind ICE and its mission is any indication, abolishing immigration enforcement may be next.

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Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.


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    Luis Gutierrez [Socialist – Third World!] has been in Congress 26 years? That’s Exhibit A for term limits!

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    J. R. Alexander on

    I’m positive Saul Alinsky would be shouting from his grave over the number of followers of his “Rules for Radicals” as evidenced under one anti-American Marxist Barack Obama and his almost successor Hillary Clinton. And, as George Soros pours more of his money into the efforts towards open borders, amnesty for all and the 199 other organizations his Open Society Foundation funds (Planned Parenthood, American Federation of Teachers, ACLU, select Democratic and Republican candidate, etc.), it becomes clear where this Nation would be heading under radicalized Leftist “leaders”. First: as a planned, but unworkable Socialist “Utopia”; then descending to becoming a Third World Nation. Americans MUST not let that happen! We MUST vote!

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      This quote by Soros is true. In his 1987 book The Alchemy Of Finance he wrote this: “I have always harboured an exaggerated view of my self importance. To put it bluntly, I fancied myself some kind of god or an economic reformer like Keynes, or even better, Einstein.”

      And those comments are not unusual for him. He’s made them many times. Nor is this hero of the left someone who actually made money by doing anything useful. He’s a currency manipulator. He has spent billions to influence governments all over Europe, including trying to reverse the British vote for Brexit, and attacking the countries who refuse to open their borders. He has outright stated that sovereign nations should be subservient to the control of international organizations.

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    So the Socialist/Communist fifth columnists are going to use even more mob violence to impede the enforcement of our immigration laws and the securing of our borders. The more of these people that are allowed into this country the worst things are going to get.

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    The “free college education” harangue is a non starter. Why should anyone pay for you to take a four year vacation in school while you get some useless degree in art and then go to work at Starbucks. If you want to pay for it, fine. But no crying because you can’t get a job because they are limited in the field you want to go into. A lot of us would have no problem with paying for a year or two at a trade school because there are actual job openings in many trades. Hillary btw was against free college and then being her usual pandering self, she agreed with Sanders it should be free. Just like she said she “didn’t like” illegals until she figured she could get more votes the other way.

    If you want to see the ultimate result of all these ridiculous socialist agendas look no further than Venezuela. Many in Hollywood flocked there to swoon over Hugo Chavez and his successor Nicolas Maduro until it’s economy completely collapsed, even though it is a big producer of oil. Of course, we have our own version here of that. We call it California, where every hare brained scheme under the sun is taken on. Like their “high speed” rail train, which is not going to be high speed in most parts, will not be quicker than flying from LA to San Francisco, and will cost three times original estimates. But the people that predicted all that, correctly, were called right wingers. Meanwhile their pension fund is hundreds of billions underwater.

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    Leslie Blenkhorn on

    And we thought Vietnam protests were a sign of the times back in the day, who could have imagined this?

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    The Democratic Party/Liberals insist on stopping everything good that this Administrations doing but when it back fires on them instead of owning up to it like a real man/woman would do because making mistakes is only being human. Instead they want to blame it on Trump and add to all there other failed witch hunt impeachment attempts.
    The Democratic Party/Liberals do not believe in Actions speak Louder then Words like Trump is doing. They may not like his strategies but there working. They would know that if they paid attention to the outcome.
    The Democratic Party wants to keep there followers in the belief of Listen to what I say and ignore what we do. Example Obama promised many things especially to the Black Communities and never fulfilled not even attempted to own up to his words because he got his votes that the promises were really for.

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    Sophia Carney-Bray on

    Let’s get these so called “Families” together….take them to the nearest Military Installation…and in the cover of darkness..put them on a troop carrier plane and return them to thier homeland’s.

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    The Democratic Party/Liberals are pushing for open boarders and at the same time accusing the Trump Administration for not being able to stop the drug smuggling coming across and yet to get worse because the Mexican President says that he is going to take all pressures off the cartels and make all drugs legal so the transporting of drugs to America will be outrageous and because the Democratic Party/Liberals are still against financing the wall and still delaying the extreme Vetting at airports. Again with all there not cooperating with this Administration but stupidly still putting the blame on Trump.

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      Patricia Watkins on

      The Democratic party seems to have become rabid liberals in defiance of President Trump. They want open borders with no vetting. They want America as a free for all. Illegal aliens come in a variety of races and colors including White, but the majority come from Hispanic cultures/countries. So, open borders means that America would eventually become dominated by 3rd world culture. The border line would be blurred between Mexico and America. Where would one start and where would one end. California is already on its way there. As Trump has stated, a nation without borders is no nation. Immigrants flee to America for our Westernized freedoms, prosperity, and opportunity. (Things that 3rd world cultures rarely have.) They don’t realize that unlimited migration will change all that. But of course, Democrats don’t care about that. They are looking at increased federal funding for their areas, cheap labor, and future voters.