Kirsters Baish| Democratic congressional candidate and self proclaimed Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently did an interview with MSNBC’s Joy Reid. During the interview, the 28-year-old Democratic Socialist attempted to explain what she felt would be a good replacement for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and how she felt they should go about implementing changes to the United States’ current immigration system.
Ocasio-Cortez explained to Reid that our country should “reexamine” the core “values” that the current immigration system is based upon.
Biz Pac Review reports that the Democratic Socialist beat out decade long incumbent, Representative Joe Crowley, in June. Since then, she has called for the abolition of ICE multiple times. She even lied last week, claiming that the United States didn’t place criminal penalties into our immigration law until roughly 1999. The problem is that she was gravely wrong. It was actually 1929.
Ocasio-Cortez told Joy Reid, “The original roots of the U.S. immigration system, the first immigration law was the Chinese Exclusion Act, and our immigration system is built on a premise of exclusion.”
She went on, “It’s built on a premise of choosing who we want out instead of who we want in. And I think that really we need to re-examine the values of inclusion and values of what this country is about when we talk about our immigration policy.”
Immigration systems are meant to based on some kind of exclusion. Otherwise, we would let everyone into our country, including hardened criminals. We purposely exclude terrorists from coming into our country in order to protect American citizens. Isn’t that what an immigration system is all about, protecting citizens?
On top of that, if Ocasio-Cortez is talking about “choosing on the basis of who we want in,” she actually agrees (at least in part) with President Donald Trump. Trump has made the argument in favor of merit-based immigration. Isn’t that exactly what she’s asking for?
Democrats may be falling for this Democratic Socialism bit, but most people aren’t buying it: