In a tweet on Monday, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez continued her criticism of the Trump administration’s handling of the migration crisis at the US-Mexico border, suggesting the US should send caseworkers to the border rather than troops.
The newly-elected Democrat Congresswoman pondered the outcome of the US sending 5,000 caseworkers “to review [and] process visa applications,” rather than dispatching military personnel.
“In addition to averting moral crisis, it also would’ve saved enormous [amounts] of resources,” said Ocasio-Cortez, who went on to condemn the GOP for what she called “financial recklessness.”
What if instead of sending 5k troops to the border, we had sent 5k caseworkers to review + process visa applications?
In addition to averting moral crisis, it also would‘ve saved enormous amt of resources. But we don’t talk about the financial recklessness of GOP admins, do we?
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 26, 2018
The young Congresswoman’s remarks came in response to a chaotic scene at the southern border near San Diego, where between 500-1,000 members of the caravans of Central American migrants attempted to illegally rush into the United States.
US Border Patrol and law enforcement agents quickly responded, driving back the groups with pepper spray – a reaction which elicited the outrage of liberal critics of Trump’s efforts to combat illegal immigration.
Border Patrol agents reported violent pushback from migrants, and videos began to circulate showing members of the crowd hurling rocks at US law enforcement officials.
On Sunday, Ocasio-Cortez drew backlash after comparing the crisis at the border to the horrors faced by the Jews during the Holocaust.
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