Ocasio-Cortez tears into Trump's immigration agenda: 'It's about ethnicity and racism'

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSanders wishes Ocasio-Cortez happy birthday Democrat launches primary challenge to Ocasio-Cortez Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Washington Times after story on her 'high-dollar hairdo' MORE (D) tore into President TrumpDonald John TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage MORE at an immigration town hall Saturday, saying the president’s immigration policies are “about ethnicity and racism.”

"All you need to do is hear what the President did this week to know this is not about immigration at all,” Ocasio-Cortez said during the town hall, which took place in her district in Queens, New York, CNN reported.


“Because once you start telling American citizens to quote 'go back to your own countries,' this tells you that this President's policies are not about immigration, it's about ethnicity and racism,” she continued.

The New York Democrat went on to slam the president over attacks he launched on Twitter last weekend, in which he told Ocasio-Cortez and three other congresswomen of color – Minnesota Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarNew California law bans school lunch debt shaming The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by USAA — Ex-Ukraine ambassador testifies Trump pushed for her ouster The Hill's Morning Report — Arrest of Giuliani associates triggers many questions MORE (D), Massachusetts Rep. Ayana Pressley (D) and Michigan Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibTrump labels Tlaib 'a despicable human being' Tlaib says Democrats have discussed detaining White House officials who don't testify The 13 House Democrats who back Kavanaugh's impeachment MORE (D) – to “go back” to their home countries.

Ocasio-Cortez called the president’s tweets his "biggest mistake,” saying his "biggest mistake was that he said the quiet part aloud."

"Because we know that he's been thinking this the entire time. But he's been keeping it in here. And this week, it went out here. When he started telling American citizens -- where are we going to go?” she continued.

“We're going to stay right here, that's where we're going to go. We're not going anywhere," she added.

During the town hall, the congresswoman also spoke briefly about a meeting she has planned with House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden on impeachment: 'I'm the only reason' it's happening Democrats to offer resolution demanding Trump reverse Syria decision Rand Paul calls for probe of Democrats over Ukraine letter MORE (D-Calif.) next week, in which the progressive lawmaker said the two will discuss immigration policy. 

Ocasio-Cortez said the meeting is "to have a more open-ended conversation and see what we can do to come together on strategy.”