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AOC and Ted Cruz battle over border crisis: ‘Last year we had lowest illegal immigration in 45 YEARS’

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Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez exchanged barbs again in a series of tweets on Thursday over the worsening migrant crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The exchange came following a trip to the border last week by the Texas Republican and 17 other Senate GOP colleagues and amid calls of hypocrisy regarding the New York Democrat, who engaged in a deceptive border photo-op during the Trump administration.

“A lot of people who are just now suddenly horrified at the dehumanizing conditions at our border are the same folks who dehumanize immigrants + helped build these cages in the 1st place,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in response to a post from MSNBC senior producer Kyle Griffin, who quoted an earlier statement she made. “When we tried to stop this infrastructure over a year ago, we were overruled by BOTH parties.”

“A politician’s strength isn’t based on a trip. It’s based on their policy and voting RECORD. And the fact is a LOT of Ted Cruz types who are now going down to meet refugee children in boats outfitted w/ machine guns are the ones who helped create this problem in the first place,” Ocasio-Cortez added in a direct jab at the Texas Republican and his colleagues.

“For all the new tears GOP have about the border, what are their policy solutions? A Muslim ban, racist policy, shutting down the border, & more cages,” she continued. “If you don’t want children in cages, then you need to stop upholding CBP, ICE, and the military as the solution to this crisis.” 

“Politicians and pundits who are pretending to care about the border now but have continuously voted to expand these cages can sit down. You might be new to this, but we’re true to this,” she added. “Short-term issue is facilities. Long-term issue is destabilization that’s driving migration.”

Cruz responded by noting that during former President Donald Trump’s final year in office, illegal border crossings were at historic lows but the trend has quickly reversed under President Joe Biden’s policies.

“@AOC explains the real Dem position: abolish ICE. Full open borders. Which would make the #BidenBorderCrisis even worse. She says nothing else works. Really?” Cruz wrote. “Last year, we had the lowest illegal immigration IN 45 YEARS. This year, we have the highest in 20 years.”

Ocasio-Cortez responded by chastising Cruz for his brief trip to Mexico as Texas was suffering blackouts last month amid unseasonably cold temperatures that were responsible for freezing hundreds of electricity-producing windmills.

“Ted, this is pretty rich coming from someone who fled their own home (and responsibilities) during an environmental crisis to cross the border and seek refuge in Mexico,” she wrote. “Also you funded cages, expanded cages, and yet you’re complaining about cages. You have no policy, just puff.

“Maybe Mexico shouldn’t let YOU in the next time you try to run away from your job to sip umbrella drinks in Cancún,” she added.

Cruz replied with a reminder that “cages” for migrant children were first constructed during the Obama-Biden administration.

“Classic leftist strategy: ignore substance, engage in ad hominem attacks. True or false: Obama built the cages. True or false: Biden is building bigger cages for more kids,” Cruz fired back. “Your policy—open borders & abolishing ICE—would result in millions of kids being abused by traffickers.”

Jon Dougherty

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