Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) tweeted on Thursday that the way to get a handle on the increasing number of coronavirus cases across the United States is to pay people to stay at home.
“To get the virus under control, we need to pay people to stay home,” the self-described democratic socialist wrote.
These statements come as months-long negotiations for a second coronavirus relief package to soften the impact of the pandemic on the nation’s economy have been stalled, as tens of millions of Americans remain unemployed. The first package, known as the CARES Act, was passed back in late March and sent millions of adult Americans a one-time check of $1,200. The second package has been stalled predominantly because of disagreements between Democrats and Republicans over the plan’s price tag. However, a deal does not seem likely to properly materialize until the beginning of the new year.
In recent months, coronavirus cases have been surging across the country, which has pushed governors and local officials to bring back stricter guidelines and restrictions for everyday life to combat the recent spike in cases. Cases are also surging across the world, especially in Europe, where the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and others have significantly tightened their own COVID-19 restrictions.
In response to Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) remarked, “You can’t make this stuff up. #StandUpForAmerica”.
Ocasio-Cortez, however, fired back at Roy and questioned why he voted for the CARES Act back in March and why he supposedly doesn’t support stimulus now, likely referencing stimulus bills passed by the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives that were then rejected by the GOP-controlled Senate.
In looking through the responses to and the retweets of Ocasio-Cortez’s original tweet, which has received over 260,000 likes at the time of publication, there was a surprising lack of commentary of both big-name conservative and progressive lawmakers and pundits, aside from Omar and Roy. Tweets from the congresswoman have regularly gone viral on the platform.
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“It will only get worse with Biden’s policies” is the message from a border town that is on the “brink of collapse.” Yuma, Arizona is suffocating under a surge of hundreds of thousands of migrants overloading the area’s resources.
Yuma County Supervisor Jonathan Lines told Fox News that “policies need to be changed when you see an unprecedented amount of people coming across the border that even supersedes what we saw under any of the other presidents for the past 30 years.”
“And they’re coming because they said that Biden told them to come, that we have an open border” Lines continued, as overcrowded and overloaded food banks, hospitals and shelters threaten food security.
Customs and Border Patrol sources told Fox News on Sunday 1.2 million illegal migrants have escaped Border Patrol since Biden took office.
“The problem that we’re foreseeing right now is there’s a couple of big waves coming,” a Yuma resident and fifth-generation farmer, Hank Auza, told Fox News. “Yuma can’t support that. It will overwhelm the system here.”
In December, another border town El Paso, Texas, declared a state of emergency as thousands of migrants camped in the streets during below-freezing temperatures. “Many migrant shelters were over capacity, leading the city to use the local airport for temporary refuge” reports Fox News.
A crucial aspect of the crisis that many do not consider and the mainstream media does not cover is the damage done to agriculture. “Our fields are monitored and audited and tested for different pathogens,” Yuma farmer Alex Muller told Fox News. “You can’t have people walking through the field.”
A fifth-generation farmer and resident Hank Auza said Yuma’s fields, which produce 93% of the nation’s leafy greens in the winter months, have faced a fair amount of migrant traffic, risking damage to their crops due to foodborne illness concerns. He also said many residents can’t get into the city’s only hospital.
“People have had a hard time getting into the hospital because the hospital has been so full of” illegal immigrants, Auza told Fox News.
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