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AOC floats ‘reparations’ for some migrant families, rips Biden admin’s handling of migrants

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday called for “reparations” for some migrant families and called the conditions at the border “barbaric” and “horrifying”.

During a virtual town hall Wednesday night, the self-described democratic socialist claimed that families who were separated under former President Donald Trump are “owed reparations. Period.” Although, she didn’t specify how much money the reparations should amount to.

Moreover, Ocasio-Cortez condemned the Biden administration’s handling of the border crisis.

“As we’ve seen there are arrivals and undocumented children–rather unaccompanied children that have come at the border and this had lead to completely inhumane and unacceptable, horrifying conditions of children in CBP [Customs and Border Protection] custody. And it’s unacceptable and it’s horrifying,” the congresswoman said.

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When the administration opened the first facility for migrant children back in February, she criticized the move, saying at the time: “This is not okay, never has been okay, never will be okay – no matter the administration or party.”

Wednesday night, Ocasio-Cortez also said what’s going on at overcrowded migrant detention facilities is “a result of the fact that we have built our immigration system on the same principles and scaffolding as our carceral system.”

MORE ON THE BORDER: U.S. border authorities save infant, mother migrants

“The fact that this keeps happening over and over and over again is a political failure by both parties,” she said.

However, the congresswoman added that she didn’t want to draw “false equivalents” between the actions of the Biden and Trump administrations

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“What is happening here is not the same as what happened during the Trump administration where they took babies out of the arms of mothers and deported their families and permanently traumatized these children,” Ocasio-Cortez said, going on to say that President Joe Biden’s policies toward families are “simply not the same” as Trump’s.

“Both are these things are barbaric and wrong, but when you rip a baby out of hands of a mother, you cannot draw the same comparison and anyone who is trying to do that is doing a profound disservice to the cause of justice,” she added.

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Ocasio-Cortez mostly blamed the crisis on U.S. foreign policy for worsening the situations in Central American nations from where migrants are fleeing instead of outright blaming Biden, arguing he’s trying to fix the situation.

“I’ve been in contact with the Biden Administration personally. What is different is they’re trying to figure out,” she said. “How to find the resources to end his problem.”

“I don’t want to excuse any of this,” the congresswoman said of Biden’s policies. “We should be doing better by now.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks came one day after she was widely ridiculed for telling her supporters to refrain from describing the record number of migrants arriving at the border a “surge,” claiming such use of the word pushes a “white supremacist idea-philosophy.”

RELATED: AOC: Calling the border crisis a ‘surge’ pushes ‘white supremacist philosophy’

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BREAKING: Senate votes down both articles of impeachment against Mayorkas in party-line vote

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The Senate voted down two articles of impeachment Wednesday which alleged Department of Homeland Security Secretary  Alejandro Mayorkas engaged in the “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” regarding the southern border in his capacity as DHS secretary. The second claimed Mayorkas had breached public trust.

What resulted in a party-line vote, began with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., proposing a point of order declaring the first article unconstitutional, to which the majority of senators agreed following several failed motions by Republicans. The article was deemed unconstitutional by a vote of 51-48, with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voting present.

Fox News reports:

Schumer’s point of order was proposed after his request for unanimous consent, which would have provided a set amount of time for debate among the senators, as well as votes on two GOP resolutions and a set amount of agreed upon points of order, was objected to by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Mo.

Schmitt stated in his objection that the Senate should conduct a full trial into the impeachment articles against Mayorkas, rather than the debate and points of order suggested by Schumer’s unanimous consent request, which would be followed by a likely successful motion to dismiss the articles. 

Republican senators took issue with Schumer’s point of order, as agreeing to it would effectively kill the first of the two articles. Several GOP lawmakers proposed motions, which took precedence over the point of order, to adjourn or table the point, among other things. But all GOP motions failed. 

After another batch of motions to avoid voting on Schumer’s second point of order, which would deem the second article unconstitutional, the Senate agreed to it. The vote was along party lines 51-49, with Murkowski rejoining the Republicans. 

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