Sep 17, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams Republicans for "trafficking" migrants

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) criticized Republicans on Friday for their "crimes against humanity on refugees" after governors in Arizona, Florida and Texas transported migrants to Democratic states.

The big picture: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) flew nearly 50 Venezuelan migrants from Texas to Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts earlier this week.

  • DeSantis doubled down and said he plans to spend millions that Florida has budgeted to continue the controversial practice.

Why it matters: It was an escalation of Republican governors' standoff with President Biden over his immigration and border policies — aimed at forcing predominantly Democratic-run states to grapple with social safety-net issues.

  • Massachusetts, which has a Republican governor, appears to have been targeted because state and local leaders have expressed support for policies that benefit immigrants regardless of their status.

What they're saying: "Don’t normalize this. Lying to & trafficking people for TV and clicks isn’t politics as usual. It’s abuse," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

  • "What a lot of Republican politicians fail to understand is that not everyone shares their zero-sum, scarcity mindset," she added.

Zoom in: Church leaders, housing advocates, government officials and residents on Martha’s Vineyard came together to provide shelter, food, clothing and other items for the migrants, who were staying at a church in Edgartown.

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