The Democratic diva refused to respond when asked about her absence from the ongoing humanitarian catastrophe at its source during a lengthy interview with The New York Times, even though the city where her district is located is being overrun by illegal immigrants, a situation that has local and state officials in a panic.
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Despite frequently harping on the subject, U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) avoided responding to a straightforward question about why she hasn’t traveled to the southern border since President Joe Biden took office.
When questioned, “Why haven’t you used your considerable clout as a Latina leader to visit the border and highlight the ongoing issues there now, as you did during the Donald Trump administration?” She declined to provide a straight response.
She remarked, “Well, this is something that we’re actively planning on. What I have done is tours of our New York-area facilities. Right now, this crisis is in our own backyard, and we have toured the Roosevelt Hotel and I think it’s been very important for us — especially to my constituents, who are demanding accountability on this — to look at that front line that is right here in New York City.”
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She dodged the topic when it was raised again as to why she hasn’t traveled south despite positioning herself as a prominent leader on immigration.
The interviewer stated, “I want to get to New York, but we’re two and a half years into this administration, the crisis has been burgeoning, and you have been a self-declared and widely viewed leader on this issue,”
Ocasio-Cortez replied, “Yes, yes. Well, I mean, again, I think that this is something that we have been working on. But when this crisis is right here in our own backyard, I have absolutely prioritized having that visitation presence. And I also think that there’s a very, very, very dangerous understanding of the frontline of our migration crisis being just our border.”
She further added, “And if we only think of the immigration crisis as a border issue and only understand our border as a southern border and not John F. Kennedy Airport, that constitutes a lack of imagination when it comes to immigration,”
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The interviewer commented, pointing out, “But under the Trump administration, you did make the southern border an issue,”
To which she responded, without indicating exactly when she would do so, “Yes. And again, I will be visiting the border,”
The Times interviewer asked Ocasio-Cortez what grade she would give the current administration on immigration, noting that “more asylum seekers are being held in private detention centers than under Trump” and that “families are still being separated” under the Biden administration.
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Ocasio-Cortez responded, “Immigration is arguably this administration’s weakest issue.”
She stated, “This is one area where our policy is dictated by politics, arguably more so than almost any other,” and that “we also need to examine the root causes of this migration and address that this problem doesn’t start at our border, but it starts with our foreign policy.”
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There was no satisfactory explanation for Ocasio-Cortez’s continuing absence, as seen by her failure to respond to the fundamental query of why she has spent even less time at the border than Vice President Kamala Harris, the nation’s claimed border czar.
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