New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has seemingly found a new atrocity to focus her attention on — the upcoming United States Census.
Yes, the U.S. government’s duty of collecting data about the American population and the economy.
During an Oversight and Government Reform Committee meeting on Wednesday, the 29-year-old progressive firebrand said that a particular question about citizenship on the census reminded her of “unspeakable horrors” in the past, revolving around U.S. citizenship.
“Unspeakable horrors have been executed in the United States in the name of citizenship,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
According to the Washington Examiner, the purpose behind the congressional gathering was to vote on whether to cite Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross with contempt of Congress.
The contempt attempt comes as the two Trump administration officials have refused to provide reasoning as to why the census will contain a question regarding citizenship.
Ocasio-Cortez followed up on her initial disgust by stating that she lacks trust in decisions made by the U.S. Supreme Court on the matter of citizenship.
The freshman lawmaker referenced two specific Supreme Court cases to back up her reasoning, saying, “I think of Dred Scott, I think of Korematsu.”
Both cases Ocasio-Cortez cited come from a remarkably different time in the history of the United States.
The Dred Scott decision was made in 1857 when the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 against giving Dred Scott — a slave who lived in a free state — his freedom. It also ruled that the Missouri Compromise was unconstitutional.
The Korematsu ruling took place during World War II, — a decision that ultimately gave the Roosevelt administration a green light to put Japanese-American citizens in internment camps.
Both were unfortunate decisions, but the factors that made those cases what they were are simply no longer around today. Not even close.
Slavery hasn’t existed for over century and America isn’t in a world war.
Despite this fact, Ocasio-Cortez turned to Twitter later that day and further bashed the Supreme Court, which now has a conservative majority of judges.
“Party aside, the Supreme Court has gotten things horrifyingly wrong in the past,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter. “That’s why Congress must preserve our power and independence: we are part of the check + balance.”
Korematsu vs. United States.
Party aside, the Supreme Court has gotten things horrifyingly wrong in the past.
That’s why Congress must preserve our power and independence: we are part of the check + balance. https://t.co/rTqPLOmozh
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 12, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez should have the fortitude to just say what she’s probably thinking — that illegal immigrants might be discovered through the 2020 Census and they should be protected from deportation.