published : 2023-09-06
AOC Dodges Question on Lack of Border Visits Under Biden, Touts Tours of 'New York-Area Facilities'
Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was dogpiled online after posting a photo outside a Texas migrant facility in 2019
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has faced criticism for not visiting the southern border during the Biden administration.
During an interview with the New York Times, Ocasio-Cortez avoided directly answering why she has not traveled to the border under President Biden.
However, she did mention that she has recently visited migrant facilities in the New York area.
Ocasio-Cortez explained that she believes the crisis at the border is happening in our own backyard, and it is essential for her constituents to see the front line right here in New York City.
Throughout the Trump administration, Ocasio-Cortez made several high-profile trips to the border, visiting federal migrant detention facilities.
Since Biden took office, she has not yet made a visit to the southern border.
The photos she posted in 2019 outside a Texas migrant facility gained attention, but now appear different from her current stance under the Democratic president.
Ocasio-Cortez has often criticized border officials and pushed narratives about the border, including the debunked claim of Border Patrol agents 'whipping' Haitian migrants.
Republicans argue that the southern border has become a disaster area, with a significant surge in illegal migrant crossings during this fiscal year.
The influx of migrants has reached cities like New York, which has been receiving buses full of migrants from border states such as Texas.
Tensions between President Biden and blue state Democrats are rising as they try to address the growing flow of migrants coming from Republican-led border states.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul have both criticized the lack of federal assistance in dealing with this crisis.
Sen. Dick Durbin has also urged Biden to take more action in response to the situation.
Business leaders in NYC have written an open letter to Biden and Congress, calling for more federal funding to support the care of migrants.
The signees include top executives from major companies like JPMorgan, BlackRock, Wells Fargo, and Goldman Sachs.