Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tweeted a series of statements on Thursday expressing her position on the current situation at the US-Mexico border:
"A lot of people who are just now suddenly horrified at the dehumanizing conditions at our border are the same folks who dehumanize immigrants + helped build these cages in the 1st place. When we tried to stop this infrastructure over a year ago, we were overruled by BOTH parties."
"A politician's strength isn't based on a trip. It's based on their policy and voting RECORD. And the fact is a LOT of Ted Cruz types who are now going down to meet refugee children in boats outfitted w/ machine guns are the ones who helped create this problem in the first place."
Alarmingly for some, AOC went against her own party in pro of her position:
"For all those who are brand new to this & only care about cages on a partisan basis, catch up: we've been fighting our own party on immigration for a long time. This is the result of Congress endlessly dumping money into CBP/ICE cages vs humane policy."
"For all the new tears GOP have about the border, what are their policy solutions? A Muslim ban, racist policy, shutting down the border, & more cages. If you don’t want children in cages, then you need to stop upholding CBP, ICE, and the military as the solution to this crisis."
AOC then made it clear that, according to her, this is a "long-term" issue and that US foreign policy has caused the border crisis, principally:
"Politicians and pundits who are pretending to care about the border now but have continuously voted to expand these cages can sit down. You might be new to this, but we’re true to this. Short-term issue is facilities. Long-term issue is destabilization that’s driving migration."
"Fact is a lot of the politicians crying right now don’t work to solve either. They vote to grow ICE + CBP cages and they do everything to avoid addressing the root: US foreign policy and interventionism that destabilizes regions, the climate crisis, and unjust economic policy."
AOC on Wednesday had previously claimed that the idea of an "invasion" is a white supremacist idea.
Responses to the series of AOC tweets tended towards the same sentiments as the two reproduced here below:
"Biden should stop inviting them here! We are in the middle of a pandemic and they’re already talking about another wave!"
"If you are against building new facilities, then where on earth do we house them until they find permanent housing?? You point fingers but have no actual solutions."