The Democratic Socialist New York Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become well known for spouting off about things she has minimal knowledge or understanding of, and she just did it again on Sunday with regard to the Central American migrant caravan approaching the southern U.S. border through Mexico.
Despite repeated assurances from the liberal media that the caravan posed no threat to the border and likely would never even reach it, hundreds of the migrants have already arrived in the Mexican border city of Tijuana, and several hundred attempted to rush the border and illegally enter the country near the San Ysidro border crossing on Sunday afternoon.
That attempt utterly failed after both U.S. Border Patrol agents and Mexican riot police responded, with the Border Patrol agents using pepper balls and tear gas to disperse the crowd. The media largely ignored the illegality of the attempt to rush the border, not to mention the rocks and glass bottles that were thrown at Border Patrol agents, and instead focused on the handful of women and children who — according to Border Patrol agents — were pushed to the front and used as human shields to protect the rock-throwing men.
Ocasio-Cortez was one of those who also ignored the illegal behavior of the border rushers, then proceeded to tweet something foolish that exposed just how little she truly understands about immigration laws as well as U.S and world history. The rising star of the Democratic Party tweeted, “Asking to be considered a refugee & applying for status isn’t a crime. It wasn’t for Jewish families fleeing Germany. It wasn’t for targeted families fleeing Rwanda. It wasn’t for communities fleeing war-torn Syria. And it isn’t for those fleeing violence in Central America.”
Asking to be considered a refugee & applying for status isn’t a crime.
It wasn’t for Jewish families fleeing Germany.
It wasn’t for targeted families fleeing Rwanda.
It wasn’t for communities fleeing war-torn Syria.
And it isn’t for those fleeing violence in Central America. https://t.co/qhv7Rr1itn
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 25, 2018
The comparison of many male economically-motivated migrants illegally rushing the border with Jews fleeing the Holocaust, or Rwandans fleeing systematic genocide, or Syrians fleeing a brutal civil war, didn’t sit well with a lot of people. Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham posted on Twitter Monday to try and set the young congresswoman straight.
Graham tweeted, “I recommend she take a tour of the Holocaust Museum in DC. Might help her better understand the differences between the Holocaust and the caravan in Tijuana.”
But Ocasio-Cortez was apparently in no mood to be lectured to by the Republican senator, so she fired back, “@LindseyGrahamSC, the point of such a treasured museum is to bring its lessons to present day. This administration has jailed children and violated human rights. Perhaps we should stop pretending that authoritarianism + violence is a historical event instead of a growing force.”
Meanwhile, the ill-informed socialist tweeted separately on Sunday that the U.S. government should have sent 5,000 “caseworkers” to the border instead of 5,000 military troops to reinforce the Border Patrol, which, in her mind, would have averted a “moral crisis” and would save resources.
But Graham had an answer for that as well — ten of them, to be exact — which he succinctly laid out in a ten-tweet thread on how the current border crisis should be addressed.
Graham wrote, “As someone who has worked for over a decade to fix our nation’s broken immigration system, some thoughts on the caravans and the current situation on our southern border. We will not have the necessary ‘buy-in’ from the American people for a solution dealing with illegal immigrants already in the United States if we cannot convince the public we have the ability to stop future waves of illegal immigration.”
“The current chaos at our southern border must be dealt with properly or we will never find a solution to our broken immigration system,” he continued. “Everyone who supports dealing fairly with illegal immigrants already in the United States should make it clear the lawless behavior occurring at the southern border crossing will not be tolerated.
“Americans want an immigration policy which we control, not one where illegal immigrants control us. We are a nation of immigrants. We are also a kind and generous people. But Americans will not be played for fools. It’s simple: We as Americans — have the right to decide who gets to come into our country, not immigrants seeking to force their way in.
“I have worked with many Democrats who have compassion for illegal immigrants already in the United States. In order to solve this problem, now is the time for Democrats to be clear that they too oppose the lawless behavior from illegal immigrants at the border. They can also offer their strong support for additional efforts to secure our border today and in the future.
“Showing the American people we will take a tough line on future waves of illegal immigration helps build the necessary political support to deal fairly with the problems created in the past,” he concluded. “It remains the pathway forward and Americans are watching how we handle this current test.”
Ocasio-Cortez is one of those self-assured young socialists who thinks she already knows everything there is to know, but Graham — who has been around a good while and seen a lot of things come and go — attempted to set her straight with common sense and logic. Whether that is accepted by Ocasio-Cortez or not is an entirely different story.