There is nothing that scares the far right more than a young and popular congresswoman like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a woman who challenges long-held beliefs about the economic and criminal justice system in the United States.
On Friday’s morning edition of Fox & Friends, hosts attacked Ocasio-Cortez by airing a video of a shooting caught on tape in a New York subway. As per usual, any murder covered on the show is one perpetrated by someone black, Muslim, or Latino. In this case, the alleged killer is an undocumented gang member.
As The Daily Beast reported:
‘The murder in question was a gruesome New York City shooting last Sunday, footage of which went viral this week. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed the alleged gunman, who officials say is a known MS-13 gang member, shot his victim at a subway station in Queens.’
The video came with no warning and no attempt to mitigate the shock factor. Host Steve Doocey summed up the point of showing the video by saying:
‘Now, if the only hope we have of kicking this guy out before he can kill somebody, shoot somebody, is ICE. And that’s what they do, to try and hunt them down.’
There are about 10,000 MS-13 gang members across 40 states, which makes up about nine ten-thousandths of a single percent of all undocumented immigrants in the U.S. It’s true that if ICE detained every undocumented immigrant, most MS-13 gang members would be in jail. It also means that about 10,990,000 immigrants would be imprisoned who are not members of MS-13.
That’s the point Ocasio-Cortez has been making all along.
Twitter, as usual, fought it out in the comments. Read some of their thoughts below:
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