ICE officials are no different than slave traders. That was the idea shared by CNN political commentator Angela Rye during a heated debate that occurred on Thursday night.
Speaking on Cuomo Prime Time, Rye told former Trump campaign spokesperson Jason Miller that she didn’t view Trump as her President and then argued with Miller during a back-and-forth.
Miller told Rye it was crucial that the United States maintain strong immigration policies while criticizing Rye of demanding “open borders,” a claim Rye denied.
Miller: “Clearly you don’t want to enforce the border laws because that’s what I’ve said.”
Rye: “No, what I don’t want to enforce is your president’s nonsense. You guys know that this policy is ass-backward. Plain and simple. You guys know this policy is inhumane, plain and simple. Like, if you just take yourselves out of it for just a moment, take off the lenses of bigotry for just a moment and imagine —“
Miller: “Okay, so now we’re getting into the name-calling?”
Rye: “Um, yes, we are. I’m calling this process, this procedure is absolutely based on bigotry and fearmongering. If you don’t understand that your president announced his campaign by talking about … building a wall,” replied Rye.
“My president? He’s our president, Angela. He’s the president of the United States,” Miller cut off Rye to comment.
“Not mine. I will never claim a bigot, ever,” added Rye.
She then continued to attack Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy which has separated thousands of accompanied children from their parents while sending those kids sometimes thousands of miles away to detainment centers throughout the United States.
“I wish I could tell you from where in Africa my ancestors came from, at least part of them, but I wouldn’t know because the same bigots who are sending people back away from their children are the ones who brought my ancestors here on slave ships. Congratulations,” Rye proclaimed.
Here’s the full CNN Debate:
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