Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) appeared on MSNBC Tuesday to speak out against the Biden administration’s “inhumane” immigration policies, claiming its changes are not strong enough.
Ocasio-Cortez told the MSNBC audience, “I think the issue here, and first of all, I think this is not just about the vice president. This is about the Biden administration’s immigration policy writ large is not working.”
She added, “It’s wrong, and it’s inhumane. It’s rooted — and he inherited it. But frankly, this was also a problem not just inherited by Donald Trump, but inherited by Barack Obama, all the way back to the creation of DHS and ICE under George Bush.”
The congresswoman’s view contrasts the position held by most Americans and her own party.
More than 178,000 illegal immigrants crossed the nation’s southern border in April, with many calling it an immigration crisis.
In contrast, Ocasio-Cortez believes more should be done. She noted, ““We cannot, as a country, no matter who it is, continue to show up in Latin America and say that this is their fault, or that they are to blame, right?”
She continued, “Because this seems like almost a precursor to say — in saying that we are going to allege that you are coming to this country illegally, when seeking asylum on our border is, in fact, legal, and use that to predate any violence that we are willing to inflict on immigrants as a deterrent.”
Ocasio-Cortez may claim the Biden administration’s immigration policies do not go far enough, but most believe recent changes are too abrupt, leading to many Americans calling for a more secure border.