Watch: The Moment Trump Shut Down AOC in the Middle of His Speech


There were many great moments from Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, but one of the best may have been President Donald Trump dashing leftist dreams of abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

ICE, as you probably know, has been in the cross-hairs of several prominent Democrats over the last few months. One of the loudest voices calling for the law enforcement agency to be disbanded is Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the freshman socialist representative from New York.

“One of these days, I hope people realize that the idea that ICE should be scrapped isn’t so crazy after all,” she recently posted on Twitter. She has previously called for ICE offices to be “occupied,” essentially making it more difficult for the agency to do important work including stopping sex traffickers.

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But it isn’t just wide-eyed Ocasio-Cortez who wants the agency axed. “Democrats in Congress are introducing legislation to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency,” The Associated Press reported in July.

“The bill from Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan, a Democratic leader of the progressive caucus, would give Congress a year to develop a more ‘humane immigration enforcement system’ and terminate ICE,” the news service continued.

Conservatives and law enforcement experts have pushed back against those calls, and on Tuesday evening Trump addressed it directly.

“I pledge to you tonight that I will never abolish our heroes from ICE,” he firmly stated during the State of the Union address, almost certainly jabbing at Ocasio-Cortez and her leftist allies.

“Not one more American life should be lost because our nation failed to control its very dangerous border,” Trump also declared, pushing the issue of border security and immigration enforcement.

“In the last two years, our brave ICE officers made 266,000 arrests of criminal aliens, including those charged or convicted of nearly 100,000 assaults. 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 killings or murders,” he explained.

The president singled out one particular person for praise, a Hispanic special agent who works with ICE to enforce America’s laws.

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“We are joined tonight by one of those law enforcement heroes, ICE special agent Elvin Hernandez,” Trump said. “At the age of eight, he told his dad he wanted to become a special agent. Today, he leads investigations into the scores of international sex trafficking.”

As the crowd applauded Hernandez, the president made it clear that ICE plays an important role in keeping people safe.

“Thanks to his work and that of his incredible colleagues, more than 300 women and girls have been rescued from the horror of this terrible situation and more than 1,500 sadistic traffickers have been put behind bars,” Trump explained.

That is the part of the “abolish ICE” movement that the left doesn’t want to talk about. For all the squabbling about the border, there is a real-life impact from both criminal groups and the agents who work tirelessly to stop them.

If self-described feminists like Ocasio-Cortez and Nancy Pelosi truly care so much about women and girls, perhaps they should work to support the agents who are trying to stop human smugglers right here in our own country.

If they’re unable to do that, then there’s only one conclusion: Instead of putting the American people first, the left is on a blind quest to tear down a major law enforcement agency no matter the costs … even if those costs are innocent lives.

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Benjamin Arie is an independent journalist and writer. He has personally covered everything ranging from local crime to the U.S. president as a reporter in Michigan before focusing on national politics. Ben frequently travels to Latin America and has spent years living in Mexico.