New York Democratic Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants 5,000 caseworkers sent to the U.S.-Mexico border instead of American troops.
On Monday, the 29-year-old socialist argued that sending troops to the border created a “moral crisis” and that the only solution was to send caseworkers to speak with and assist illegal aliens.
“What if instead of sending 5k troops to the border, we had sent 5k caseworkers to review + process visa applications? In addition to averting moral crisis, it also would’ve saved enormous amt of resources. But we don’t talk about the financial recklessness of GOP admins, do we?” Ocasio-Cortez wrote.
What if instead of sending 5k troops to the border, we had sent 5k caseworkers to review + process visa applications?
In addition to averting moral crisis, it also would‘ve saved enormous amt of resources. But we don’t talk about the financial recklessness of GOP admins, do we?
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 26, 2018
There are obviously several issues with Ocasio-Cortez’s idea, primarily given that many of the migrants appear to be approaching the border for the sole purpose of illegally entering the U.S. to claim asylum.
Her tweet on Monday also came one day after she argued that the migrant caravan swarming the border is comparable to Jews fleeing Nazi Germany during the Holocaust.
On Sunday, videos scorched across Twitter showing a large group of migrants throwing rocks and attempting to barge into the country at the port of entry connecting Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, California.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, with assistance from some of the troops President Donald Trump sent to the border, closed the port of entry and used tear gas in an attempt to send the migrants back toward Mexico.
In response, Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to condemn the U.S. for securing the border and forbidding the migrants from freely entering the country.
“Asking to be considered a refugee & applying for status isn’t a crime. It wasn’t for Jewish families fleeing Germany. It wasn’t for targeted families fleeing Rwanda. It wasn’t for communities fleeing war-torn Syria. And it isn’t for those fleeing violence in Central America,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote.
Asking to be considered a refugee & applying for status isn’t a crime.
It wasn’t for Jewish families fleeing Germany.
It wasn’t for targeted families fleeing Rwanda.
It wasn’t for communities fleeing war-torn Syria.
And it isn’t for those fleeing violence in Central America. https://t.co/qhv7Rr1itn
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 25, 2018
A video clip uploaded to Twitter from The Reagan Battalion shows several of the migrants throwing rocks at the border toward U.S. Border Patrol agents.
Video: Rocks thrown at Border Control Agents pic.twitter.com/LGQw7gRBTS
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) November 25, 2018
The 29-year-old socialist was comparing people who attacked U.S. federal Border Patrol agents with rocks to innocent Jews who attempted to flee during World War II to escape being murdered by the Nazis.
She was also arguing that the migrant caravan fleeing their native countries is comparable to those who have fled from murderous dictatorships and war in the Middle East.
Applying for asylum is not a crime, but illegally crossing the U.S. border and chunking rocks at federal immigration officials is against the law.
Her bizarre comments about the border and providing 5,000 caseworkers to assist migrants have drawn scorn from many, but this is hardly the first time she’s made controversial remarks.
Last week, she argued that we are all going to die soon if we don’t address climate change.
The day before Thanksgiving, she took to Twitter to lash out at “Republican commentators” who she claims are “stalking” her on social media.
Before that, Ocasio-Cortez rallied supporters on Facebook to help Democrats take back “all three chambers of Congress.”
The three branches of government are the legislative, executive, and judicial.
All of these comments considered, it’s quite obvious to many that the 29-year-old socialist has no idea what she is talking about.