AOC Supports Border Surge While Seeking Migrant Help for NYC

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she was working with Mayor Adams to seek more federal housing funds to help the Big Apple deal with the migrant crisis — but declined to call President Biden to secure the border and instead welcomed the influx of asylum seekers.

The congresswoman said she was working with City Hall to apply for grants through the Office of Housing and Urban Development.

« So they’re working with this application on emergency shelter services. We have a housing crisis in this city. We have to respond to it in a number of ways, » Ocasio-Cortez said during a town hall meeting Wednesday night in the Bronx.

“We are in close communication with the mayor’s office and getting the necessary resources. If some states don’t want to do their homework on that, that’s fine. But then those federal resources should come to New York, and those federal dollars should go to places that want to take care of people, and we need that financial support. We are monitoring the situation closely. »

City Hall Chief of Staff Frank Carone, when asked about AOC’s comments, said: ‘As we navigate this crisis, we appreciate the support of our entire congressional delegation who are very familiar with the resources we have. we need. »

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hailed the influx of migrants into New York at a town hall in the Bronx.
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Adams declared a state of emergency last week as the city struggles to absorb 19,000 asylum seekers, including 5,500 mostly Spanish-speaking migrant students enrolled in public schools lacking bilingual teachers. .

Ocasio-Cortez was asked what she is doing to help secure the southern border to stem the tide of migrants.

» There is no solution. We have foreign nationals by the millions coming in illegally. Flooding our country. You are a member of Congress. Writing our immigration laws… What will you do with immigration law to secure the southern border? asked a retired firefighter during the Q&A session.

He argued that 95% of people seeking asylum in the United States are “economic migrants” – not politically persecuted aliens – which makes them ineligible for political asylum.

Migrants outside a hotel in Staten Island after arriving in the city.
Migrants outside a hotel in Staten Island after arriving in the city.
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“It is legal to seek asylum at the US border. It is legal. It is legal. It is legal to seek asylum,” Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic socialist, has repeatedly stressed, ignoring the burden he has placed on border communities, and now in New York.

“When we talk about undocumented people, my priority is to open up legal pathways to citizenship. And make sure they are open.

She even blamed the United States for the instability in Latin American countries that pushes the wave of migrants towards the southern border.

“The United States has historically contributed to regime change in Latin America, which … have been contributing factors for several decades as to why people are on our southern border right now,” said Ocasio-Cortez, whose Bi-county’s 14th Congressional District covers the heavy immigrant sections of the Bronx and Queens.

A group of migrants arriving at the Port Authority in Manhattan on October 10, 2022.
A group of migrants arriving at the Port Authority in Manhattan on October 10, 2022.

« We don’t want these crises, but we have to accept responsibility for our contribution to them. »

It is a socialist government that rules the tottering country of Venezuela, an American enemy.

The congresswoman says the US immigration system is broken, with a huge backlog of citizenship applications spanning decades, and it’s impractical to think asylum seekers can wait on a certain line.

« If we don’t want people to be here illegally, we should document them! » “, she said.

Migrants seeking asylum at a migrant reception center in El Paso, Texas on October 3, 2022.
Migrants seeking asylum at a migrant reception center in El Paso, Texas on October 3, 2022.
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She said immigration is a plus in the United States, noting population declines in places like Japan due to a lack of immigration.

“In the United States, the only reason we don’t have this destiny is because we are a country that welcomes immigrants. We don’t have the ability to continue to fund Medicare, Social Security, economic growth, without immigrants. No way to make it work,” AOC said.

« This is New York. This is who we’ve always been. Look around you in this room. We all come from somewhere. We can’t close our eyes and pretend that those who come here for new opportunities are different from the Italian and Irish Americans who came here in 1910.”

Last month, Ocasio-Cortez accused the Republican governors of Texas and Florida of committing ‘crimes against humanity’ for transporting migrants from the southern border to liberal cities like New York – although he Turns out the Democratic mayors of border towns, including El Paso, were doing the same.


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