Ocasio-Cortez, other progressive freshmen to oppose border bill

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDon't let partisan politics impede Texas' economic recovery Ocasio-Cortez explains 'present' vote on Iron Dome Dingell fundraises off Greene altercation on Capitol steps MORE (N.Y.) and three other progressive Democrats said Thursday they will vote against the bipartisan border deal because of its increased funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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“The Department of Homeland Security has separated thousands of children from their parents, denied asylum to those fleeing danger, and used taxpayers’ dollars as a slush fund to incite terror in immigrant communities," the four lawmakers said in a statement. “By any reasonable measure, Donald Trump’s weaponization of ICE and CBP has been a failure. The Department of Homeland Security does not deserve an increase in funding, and that is why we intend to vote no on this funding package.”

Congress and President TrumpDonald TrumpJulian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy Overnight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Five takeaways from Arizona's audit results MORE have until Friday night to pass and sign a funding bill to avert a second partial government shutdown. Neither end of Pennsylvania Avenue has expressed much of an appetite for another closure, and Trump has signaled he intends to sign the deal.

A bipartisan conference committee reached a deal this week that would allocate $1.375 billion for border security, including 55 new miles of new fencing and $500 million in humanitarian assistance for migrants.

The deal also appropriates $14.9 billion to CBP and $7.6 billion to ICE, two agencies that have drawn the ire of progressive activists over their role in Trump’s efforts to ramp up detentions and deportations.

“We want to be abundantly clear: this is not a rebuke of federal workers or those who depend on the services they provide, but a rejection of the hateful policies, priorities, and rhetoric of the Trump Administration,” the congresswomen said in their statement.

The Democratic base was incensed over the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, which resulted in a spike in family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border. Democrats credit their messaging on immigration as a reason for their success in November’s midterm elections, when the party won back the House.