In response to reports that authorities were repelling migrants illegally breaking across the U.S. southern border with tear gas, Democratic Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) compared the migrants to Jews seeking asylum from Nazi Germany.
Ocasio-Cortez, who has helped lead the #AbolishICE movement among her fellow radical Democrats, issued the tweet in response to an NBC News report that casts the migrants as victims of over-the-top border enforcement. "A migrant family, part of a caravan of thousands traveling from Central America en route to the United States, runs away from tear gas in front of the U.S.-Mexico border wall in Tijuana, Mexico," NBC tweeted.
As highlighted by The Daily Caller's Peter Hasson, Ocasio-Cortez, ignoring the fact that many migrants were being repelled because they were breaking the law by attempting to illegally cross the border, painted them all as legitimate "asylum seekers" whom she compared to Jews fleeing the Nazis, families fleeing Rwanda, and those attempting to escape Syria.
"Asking to be considered a refugee & applying for status isn’t a crime," she wrote. "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."
The representative-elect followed up that tweet with more posts promoting the cause of the migrant caravan, conflating those who cross over illegally with those who follow the law, suggesting that anti-immigration laws are inherently racist, and reminding followers to use the term "asylum seekers" rather than "migrants" when discussing the caravan.
"America’s immigrant and refugee communities prove over and over again that the impossible can be made possible," she wrote. "They are an enormous share of small business owners, Nobel Prize winners, artists, + more. Many came w/ hardship. When America denies immigrants, we deny ourselves."
"[D]o you not want to talk about how anti-immigration laws didn’t exist in the United States until non-European immigrants arrived, when we passed the Chinese Exclusion Act (YES that’s the name) and you all have been using the same tired arguments ever since," she wrote in another tweet.
She also retweeted a response to her Nazi Germany tweet from a reporter instructing her fellow journalists to use the term "asylum seekers" when referencing the massive caravan. "It is very important that, when we report on the 'caravan,' we (the news media) use the right words: They are not 'migrants' they are 'asylum seekers,'" wrote Annalisa Merelli.
What prompted the use of more aggressive measures at the border on Sunday were migrants reportedly attempting to "violently" and "illegally" cross the border. One such instance was caught on video that has since gone viral. The footage shows dozens of migrants, almost all of whom are males, trying to force their way through the security fence at the U.S.-Mexico border near the city of Tijuana but being repelled by pepper spray and smoke pellets.
Mexican authorities say they will deport about 500 of the migrants for their illegal activity, BBC reports.
While many in the news media, including NBC News, as highlighted above, have selected images of the migrants featuring women and children, the fact is that a vast majority of the migrants are males — some estimates from journalists on the ground as high as 90 to 95%.