Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar denied calling for full defunding of the Division of Homeland Safety on Sunday, after tweeting what had gave the impression to be simply such a requirement.
The Minnesota Democrat, who has been a harsh critic of DHS, and notably its Immigration and Customs Enforcement arm, tweeted Friday, “#Not1Dollar for DHS.”
However, after Fox Information reported that she had referred to as for chopping funding to DHS, she subsequently claimed her tweet had advocated a freeze within the DHS price range, not a minimize.
She tweeted Sunday afternoon: “@RepPressley, @RepRashida, @RepAOC and I are calling for #not1dollar extra in new funding for Trump’s abuses beneath DHS.”
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Omar and different first-year left-leaning liberal congresswomen — Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.; and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. — earlier this month penned a letter to lawmakers on the bicameral, bipartisan convention committee tasked with drafting new laws to handle border-security and DHS funding beneath the Trump administration, amid rising calls from Democrats to abolish (ICE) Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
They claimed DHS has “promulgated an agenda pushed by hate — not technique.”
“Reduce, don’t improve funding,” they wrote, urging lawmakers to observe “essential” pointers to guard immigrant households. “The deal reached by the Convention Committee mustn’t allocate any further funding to this division or to the ICE and CBP companies. The upcoming FY 2020 price range course of will probably be a essential alternative to take up conversations about reforms to the company. Within the meantime, not one other greenback.”
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Omar has posted a number of controversial tweets since being elected to Congress, together with when she accused Trump of wanting a “coup” in opposition to Venezuela and insisted that Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., was “compromised.”
She additionally has posted a number of tweets attacking Israel, together with one by which she agreed with a liberal activist that current-day Israel is just like the U.S. South through the period of racial segregation.
Fox Information’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.