Controversies surrounding the treatment of migrants at the Southern border remain underway. Various Americans have different ideas on how to address the aforementioned concerns. Some people placed the onus on migrants who choose to illegally enter the United States. Others assigned blame towards officials at the Southern border.
House Rep. Ilhan Omar certainly falls into the latter category. The congresswoman sat down for an interview with BET Black Coffee yesterday. During this time, Omar spoke about her issues with Customs and Border Protection. Moreover, the congresswoman called for the complete end of this organization.
Why Does Omar Want to End CBP?
Per Omar’s own admission, she beleives CBP is a racist organization. She also stated that officials at the border harbor prejudice against minorities which impacts their treatment towards migrants.
These are talking points which many progressives make regarding situations at the Southern border. Omar and other left-wingers have also commenced calling for the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) within the past year.
The congresswoman’s statements which pertain to CBP are as follows:
“We know that they have spoken in the most vile ways about immigrants. We know that they have certain views of what brown and black people deserve. So we should be having a conversation about eliminating their existence [and] reforming the agencies that deal with the most vulnerable, who are children and women.”
Rep. Omar said Congress should considering eliminating border patrol agencies this AM.
— Charlie Hoffmann (@choffmann10) July 3, 2019
Finally, she stated that CBP agents are “terrorizing” migrants who choose to flee dangerous circumstances and illegally enter the United States.
Talk about the Elimination of Customs and Border Protection
As one might imagine, there are many people in this country, especially on the right-wing, who take issue with “eliminating” the existance of CBP. The crisis at the Southern border is very real and CBP does play a role in managing situations at the border. Last month, Omar supported House Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez when she stated that the United States government is sanctioning “concentration camps.” This likening to the Holocaust also attracted a fair amount of backlash.
As calls to do away with various immigration-related organizations, such as ICE and CBP, emerge, many Americans have questions; namely, how would the United States fill the gaps if progressives got their wish and forced the elimination of ICE and CBP?