Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says Abolishing ICE 'Isn't So Crazy After All' Following Alleged Washington incident

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Sunday night in a social media post that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency should be "scrapped" altogether.

Ocasio-Cortez, who represents the 14th Congressional District of New York in the Bronx, responded to a Twitter user who said his bus in Washington state was boarded by ICE agents who questioned passengers about their status, even claiming their papers were "fake."

"ICE agents got on my Greyhound bus that was headed from Spokane to Portland," Mohanad Elshieky wrote. "They walked around before they asked me and a few others to step outside and took my documents and interrogated me for around 20 mins then claimed my papers were fake and that I'm "illegal."

This morning, ICE agents got on my Greyhound bus that was headed from Spokane to Portland. They walked around before they asked me and few others to step outside and took my documents and interrogated me for around 20 mins then claimed my papers were fake and that I’m “illegal”.

— Mohanad Elshieky (@MohanadElshieky) January 27, 2019

Mohanad is a Libyan-born comedian now based out of Portland, Oregon. In a series of tweets following his original post, Mohanad said he is stateside through asylum and on a work permit. He claims once ICE agents called to verify his identity, he could overhear someone on the other end of the phone say he was clear.

The comedian said ICE agents turned off their phones and then turned to him telling him there was no record of his asylum.

Before long, Ocasio-Cortez retweeted his message and said folks should start looking at abolishing the customs and immigration agency.

"One of these days, I hope people realize that the idea that ICE should be scrapped isn't so crazy after all," Ocasio-Cortez wrote. "ICE jails children in for-profit detention centers funded by private equity grps. Kids are dying w/ 0 accountability. If that's not totally broken, I don't know what is."

One of these days, I hope people realize that the idea that ICE should be scrapped isn’t so crazy after all.

ICE jails children in for-profit detention centers funded by private equity grps. Kids are dying w/ 0 accountability. If that’s not totally broken, I don’t know what is. https://t.co/AlMgLiHVnu

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 28, 2019

ICE was created in 2003 during the government's restructure after the September 11, 2001 attacks. ICE has nearly a $4 billion budget and oversees arrests and deportation of illegal immigrants already in the country.

Customs and Border Protection, which operates on the southern border with Mexico and the northern border with Canada, is the agency responsible for separating families at the border.

Whereas former-President Barack Obama lightened the agency's stance and wanted to just remove illegal immigrants who committed serious crimes in the United States, President Donald Trump took a harder stance by wanting to remove all persons who entered the country illegally.

Trump's proposed border wall was a major talking point during his 2016 campaign, and the major bone of contention during the most recent partial government shutdown that lasted 35 days — the longest in U.S. history — and ended Friday with three weeks before another looming shutdown if a deal for border wall funding isn't accomplished.

Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described Democratic socialist, has been outspoken against Trump, Republicans and even some Democrats since she won her district's primary last summer and subsequent election to the House of Representatives last November.