AOC says calling border crisis a ‘surge’ pushes white supremacy

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has finally addressed the border crisis — but only to accuse anyone using the term “surge” of pushing a “white supremacist” philosophy.

Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has repeatedly been accused of ducking the dangerously overcrowded migrant detention centers despite saying they were akin to “concentration camps” under the previous administration.

She initially appeared outraged when asked during an Instagram Live ask-me-anything session why she was “not addressing the border crisis and the kids in cages like you used to” — asking after a pause, “Are you for real?”

“It’s not a border crisis. It’s an Imperialism crisis, it’s a climate crisis, it’s a trade crisis. And also it’s a carceral crisis,” she said, without directly addressing the kids-in-cages allegation itself.

Young migrants lie inside a pod at the Donna Department of Homeland Security holding facility, the main detention centre for unaccompanied children in the Rio Grande Valley run by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in Donna, Texas on March 30, 2021.
Young migrants lie inside a pod at the Donna Department of Homeland Security holding facility, the main detention centre for unaccompanied children in the Rio Grande Valley run by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in Donna, Texas on March 30, 2021.
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“But people don’t want to have that conversation. They want to say, ‘But what about the surge?’” AOC said.

A family of migrants cross the Rio Bravo river to turn themselves in to U.S Border Patrol agents to request for asylum in El Paso, Texas.
A family of migrants cross the Rio Bravo river to turn themselves in to U.S Border Patrol agents to request for asylum in El Paso, Texas.
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“Well, first of all, just — gut check. Stop. Anyone who’s using the term ‘surge’ around you, consciously, is trying to invoke a militaristic frame,” she insisted.

Migrants arrives in the U.S. after crossing the Rio Grande in a raft piloted by smugglers on March 30, 2021 in Roma, Texas.
Migrants arrives in the U.S. after crossing the Rio Grande in a raft piloted by smugglers on March 30, 2021 in Roma, Texas.
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“And that’s a problem, because this is not a surge. These are children and they are not insurgents and we are not being invaded.

A child's shoe lies on the ground near the banks of the Rio Grande river in Roma, Texas.
A child’s shoe lies on the ground near the banks of the Rio Grande river in Roma, Texas.
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“Which, by the way, is a white supremacist philosophy. The idea that if another is coming in the population that this is an invasion of who we are,” the congresswoman continued.

Migrants crossing the Rio Grande on March 30, 2021.
Migrants crossing the Rio Grande on March 30, 2021.
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“If you do want to zero in on the conditions of this moment,” she said –adding only a vague explanation of it reflecting problems with the US “carceral system” that “black and abolitionist organizers have already been talking about for a long time.”

Her claims quickly sparked outrage online, especially among those seeing the crisis first-hand, unlike AOC who has yet to visit.

Department of Homeland Security holding facility in the Rio Grande Valley

A young migrant gets a medical check-up before entering the intake area at the Donna Department of Homeland Security holding facility in Donna, Texas on March 30, 2021.

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Bracelets used by ‘coyote’ smugglers and inscribed with the names of immigrants who crossed illegally from Mexico to the US.

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Department of Homeland Security holding facility in the Rio Grande Valley

Department of Homeland Security holding facility in the Rio Grande Valley

Migrant children rest inside a pod in the Donna Department of Homeland Security holding facility.

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“I’ve been using the term ‘surge’ because there’s a higher than usual amount of people illegally crossing into the U.S.,” tweeted Marine veteran Julio Rosas, who is now reporting from the border for the conservative outlet Townhall.com.

Immigration Migrant Children

Immigration Migrant Children

Children stand next their the parents as they wait to be taken to a Border Patrol intake station after being smuggled across the Rio Grande river.

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Migrants walk after crossing the Rio Bravo river to turn themselves in to U.S Border Patrol agents to request for asylum in El Paso, Texas, U.S., as seen from Ciudad Juarez

Migrants walk after crossing the Rio Bravo river to turn themselves in to U.S Border Patrol agents to request for asylum in El Paso, Texas, U.S., as seen from Ciudad Juarez

Migrants walk after crossing the Rio Bravo river to turn themselves in to U.S Border Patrol agents to request for asylum in El Paso, Texas.

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Migrants are detained by a U.S. Border Patrol agent after crossing the Rio Bravo river to turn themselves in to request for asylum in El Paso, Texas, U.S

Migrants are detained by a U.S. Border Patrol agent after crossing the Rio Bravo river to turn themselves in to request for asylum in El Paso, Texas, U.S

Migrants are detained by a U.S. Border Patrol agent after crossing the Rio Bravo river.

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“I’ve seen it with my own eyes on a nightly basis for the past week,” he wrote.

“Yes, there are kids here, often by themselves. It’s emotionally taxing to see that night after night because God only knows what they’ve been through.

“Funny how AOC raced down to TX for the winter storm but she can’t be bothered to come down now to see what’s happening,” Rosas added in another tweet.

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