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.”
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“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
“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.
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.”
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Local TX developer accused of selling land to illegal immigrants creating entire town with ‘four cartels operating there’
Roughly 20 miles northeast of Downtown Houston, Texas, is an entire town where cartels are operating from due to a local developer selling land to border crossers without any paperwork. William ‘Trey’ Harris has been accused of “creating a sprawling illegal migrant town” by “allowing buyers to purchase land without the need to prove income or credit” reports The Daily Mail.
As a result of selling the plots at Colony Ridge without any documentation, an estimated 75,000 people, primarily illegal immigrants, have been able to buy homes and create a town which The Daily Mail reports has at least four separate cartels operating from. The settlement area is approximately 60 square miles in size, and has been developed by Harris through his company Terrano Houston, which uses Spanish language marketing.
Senior National Security Fellow Todd Bensman claimed Harris has been selling off plots direct to a borrowers for a few hundred dollars without conducting any background checks.
Part 1. Welcome to the largest illegal immigrant no-go sanctuary city in America. Colony Ridge in Liberty County Texas from an airplane today. Vast expansion clearing underway not pictured, w/ @Michael_Yon pic.twitter.com/Tk1UseHr7e
— Todd Bensman (@BensmanTodd) June 14, 2023
A statement on behalf of the company said: ‘The safety of our communities is our foremost goal, and all of our subdivision plots, roads and other infrastructure are built to code and approved by County engineering teams…Our developments have put the American Dream of home ownership within reach for tens of thousands of middle- and working-class Texas families.”
The statement continues: “In addition to these homes, we are also proud of our efforts to improve local infrastructure and bring businesses to the area, as well as our work with local public and charter schools to improve education for our residents’ children and our work with local law enforcement to enhance public safety.”
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