Ocasio-Cortez calls for '9/11-style commission' to investigate Trump family separation policy

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOil price drop threatens US fracking boom Trump faces race against clock to get coronavirus relief out the door Will coronavirus launch the second wave of socialism? MORE (D-N.Y.) on Saturday called for a "9/11-style commission" to investigate the effects of the Trump administration policy that led to family separations at the southern border. 

The freshman lawmaker made the demand while speaking at an immigration town hall in her home district, according The Guardian. Ocasio-Cortez, who has become one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpDefense industrial base workers belong at home during this public health crisis Maduro pushes back on DOJ charges, calls Trump 'racist cowboy' House leaders hope to vote Friday on coronavirus stimulus MORE's favorite targets, said if the Democrats win back the Senate and White House, the government should convene a special commission to investigate family separations.

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"The 9/11 commission, they were charged with the investigating and making sure they dug out every nook and cranny of what happened and how it happened in our system," she said. "And I think that that kind of study is what’s going to be required in order to reunite as many children with their parents as possible. That’s the work that we have to do."

 

Rep. Veronica EscobarVeronica Escobar20 House Dems call on Trump to issue two-week, nationwide shelter-in-place order Hispanic Democrats demand funding for multilingual coronavirus messaging Five Latinas who could be Biden's running mate MORE (D-Texas) earlier this year introduced a measure that would require an “investigative commission” to probe the handling of migrant families. Escobar has said that the independent commission would be modeled off the 9/11 commission. 

The bill, The Homeland Security Improvement Act, is expected to receive a vote in the House this week. 

The 9/11 commission, also known as the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, was launched in November 2002 to probe the "circumstances surrounding" the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. 

Ocasio-Cortez added that the U.S. now has a "lifelong" commitment to the children it separated from their parents, adding she believes "we have responsibility to provide mental health care services to those children for the rest of their lives."

"Even if you separate a kid from their parents for two days you have already created lifelong lasting trauma," she said. 

"It chills me to my core to think about 20 years from now, when these kids grow up, the story that they will have about America. That is exactly why we cannot allow this administration to define immigration policy within the United States. This is something that I think is going to have to take a 9/11-style commission," she added.

The Trump administration faced widespread scrutiny last year for a policy that led to the separations of thousands of families at the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump later signed an executive order to end the policy. 

The comments from Ocasio-Cortez came at the end of a week in which Trump repeatedly targeted her and a group of minority congresswomen. Trump said the women — Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarUndocumented aliens should stay away as COVID-19 rages in the US The Southern Poverty Law Center and yesterday's wars Rush, Trish and left-leaning media: Is it opinion or news reporting? MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi Tlaib20 House Dems call on Trump to issue two-week, nationwide shelter-in-place order Pressley, Tlaib introduce bill providing .5B in emergency grants for the homeless Detroit officials halt water shutoffs over coronavirus outbreak concerns MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyPressley experiencing flu-like symptoms, being tested for COVID-19 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Airbnb - Senate overcomes hurdles, passes massive coronavirus bill Pressley, Tlaib introduce bill providing .5B in emergency grants for the homeless MORE (D-Mass.) — should "go back" to the "crime infested places" they came from before speaking out about the U.S. government. 

Ocasio-Cortez argued during the town hall that Trump's rhetoric showed his policies had nothing to do with his views on immigration. 

"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 said.