Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is back in the spotlight after saying the use of the word “surge” to describe the current migrant crisis has foundations in white supremacist philosophy.
Ocasio-Cortez mentioned the crisis at the US southern border in an Instagram post on Tuesday. The ‘Squad’ member came under public pressure in recent days for backing the Biden administration’s policy on immigration while being an aggressive critic of former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.
The New York representative refused to go as far as to criticize or condemn the border policy currently held by the Biden administration. Instead, she asserted that climate change, imperialism, and trade had created the problem.
“People don’t want to have that conversation,” she said, referring to the issues she raised. She then said that anyone who refers to a “surge” of illegal peoples entering the US is attempting to distract from other issues by implementing white supremacist talking points.
“They want to say, ‘What about the surge?’ Well, first of all, gut check. Stop. Anyone who’s using the term ‘surge’ around you consciously is trying to invoke a militaristic frame and that’s a problem because this is not a surge,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“These are children and they are not insurgents, and we are not being invaded, which, by the way, is a white supremacist idea, philosophy, the idea that if an other is coming in the population, that this is like an invasion of who we are.”
Ocasio-Cortez has been unwilling to come down hard on Biden for the large number of people attempting to illegally enter the country since his inauguration. Many illegals have been open about the fact they are coming because they feel Biden has openly welcomed them.
“So let’s talk about this because so much of our national conversation, which is not a conversation, about immigration is driven by people who could not care less about immigrants. So often people want to say, ‘Why aren’t you talking about the border crisis?’ or ‘Why are you talking about it in this way?’” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“Well, we’re talking about it. They just don’t like how we’re talking about it because it’s not a border crisis, it’s an imperialism crisis. It’s a climate crisis. It’s a trade crisis. And also, it’s a carceral crisis because as I have already said even during this term and this president, our immigration system is based and designed on our carceral system,” she continued.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) went after Ocasio-Cortez last week for her silence on Biden’s border crisis after being an outspoken critic of Trump administration policies and referring to migrant detainment facilities as “concentration camps.”
“Where is AOC?” Graham asked. “Why aren’t you at the border looking at the things being reported. If you were worried about children under Trump being in bad conditions, this is worse. If you’re worried about people having COVID outbreaks, this is the biggest COVID spreader in the entire country. So where are you?”
In June 2019 Ocasio-Cortez accused the Trump administration of operating “concentration camps” on the US southern border.
“The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border and that is exactly what they are,” Ocasio-Cortez said at the time on Instagram.
That same month, AOC staged a photoshoot outside a parking lot near the border in which she pretended to cry while looking in on the detainment facilities, which were no where in sight.