Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) accused President Trump of trying to create a “rise of migrants” to the U.S. southern border so that he could shut it down, according to an interview she gave on Yahoo News’s “Skullduggery” podcast on Sunday.
The congresswoman initially rejected there was a rise of migrants to the U.S. southern border over the last several months, and after that she implicated Trump of intentionally trying to develop a crisis in Central America in order to “require a surge.”
” A border wall is racist is since it is based on a racial mythology that has no proof to back up on it. You understand, Donald Trump says, there is already a crisis at our border. DHS just issued an evaluation in November of in 2015, saying that they could not even increase the risk level at the border since there’s absolutely nothing to facilitate that,” she stated.
” So rather what Donald Trump is doing is that he’s removing all humanitarian aid from Central American countries to create a crisis to force a rise of migrants to come to our southern borders so that he can have his shutdown,” she said.
When among the podcast hosts challenged her claim of no evidence of a crisis and mentioned growing numbers over the last a number of months, asking her what she would perform in action, she did not provide a clear response.
The host asked:
However Congresswoman, there is a sharp boost in the number of migrants coming from Central America to the southern border. Simply in the last few months it was 47,000 In January it jumped to 66,000 In February, 92,000 In March I’m expecting well over 100,000 There are a great deal of people coming, and I think the question is, what are your views on how that should be dealt with?
Ocasio-Cortez blamed a number of “causes,” but did not state what she would do about the rise in migration:
Well, I believe among our issues is that we are constantly having a hard time to deal with signs, due to the fact that we don’t have the political courage to treat the causes, so we don’t want to acknowledge our interventionist policies, we don’t wish to acknowledge sometimes unjust arrangements that are slipped into trade contracts, we– you understand, like I just discussed we are now transferring to rescind a large quantity of humanitarian aid that typically times assists stabilize areas and prevents those migrations from taking place in the very first place.
So now we’re going– this president in particular is developing and exacerbating additional crises to create those surges on our border. You know there is argument over whether we did or did not have a role in routine modification in Honduras, therefore like there are these conversations that individuals are occurring however what’s occurring is our diplomacy, our trade policies, our economic policies, often we do not always think about the secondary impacts when it concerns migration.
When continued whether she agreed with Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) recent comments that he did not support open borders, she said she concurred with his talk about their “face,” but stated the U.S. required to accept more migrants.
” We certainly require to accept more, even if simply economically speaking. We’re having hospitality … even if you take corporate lobbyist cash, the hospitality lobby today is lobbying to increase, just lobbied to increase … there’s a lot of jobs that are going unfilled,” she stated.
Ocasio-Cortez likewise stated she still supported eliminating ICE however could not state whether she would support replacing it with another migration enforcement firm. She said among theb primary contentions was that it responsed to the Department of Homeland Security, and not the Department of Justice.
An Emerson poll released Monday revealed that 47 percent of signed up citizens supported developing a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, with 45 percent opposing. Eight percent are unsure.