Rep. Andy Biggs on AOC’s DHS Remarks: ‘I Just Don’t Know How Extreme You Can Keep Going’

By Melanie Arter | July 10, 2019 | 12:56pm EDT

( – Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) reacted to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) suggesting she’d be open to eliminating the Department of Homeland Security, saying, “I just don’t how extreme you can keep going.”

In an interview with Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” on Wednesday, Biggs said, “I mean to eliminate the whole department of Homeland Security seems so outrageous to me, and don’t forget. She doesn’t want any internal enforcement for ICE.


“DHS has done a – for better or worse – has done a pretty doggone good job quelling terrorist attacks in this country as it was supposed to do, and it’s trying to enforce the laws. I don’t know where she’s coming from actually, really can’t, can’t conceive of it,” he said.

As reported, Ocasio-Cortez – who has advocated eliminating U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – was asked in a podcast interview with The New Yorker Radio Hour last week whether she would get rid of DHS too.



“I think so,” she said. “I think we need to undo a lot of the egregious, a lot of the egregious mistakes that the Bush administration did.”

“I feel like we are, at a very, it’s a very qualified and supported position, at least in terms of evidence, and in terms of being able to make the argument that we never should of created DHS in the early 2000s,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

She also said no one should be detained as part of an immigration policy if they have “harmed no one.”

“So I think one, a sane immigration policy we should not be using detention for people who have harmed no one. One of the things that I saw when I was at the border was needless bottlenecks, and this is where it really seemed very much so that the cruelty is the point. This is not a lack of resource issue whatsoever,” she said.

When asked for his thoughts on AOC’s comments, Biggs said Ocasio-Cortez “basically wants to scrap law.”

“I get it. It’s a quasi-libertarian point of view, but it’s really an anarchical libertarian point of view that says there’s no borders and that there’s law internally in any nation-state and is for abolition of the nation-state, which I think, actually I think that is her position ultimately based on all the comments I’ve seen publicly, and that’s just antithetical to the greatness of the United States of America and what we need to be,” he said.


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