During an interview on Sunday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tried to blame Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) for a sudden increase in illegal aliens entering the United States — claiming that the sanctions authored by the Florida senator against the socialist dictatorship in Venezuela were responsible for the surge.
Ocasio-Cortez’s comments came during an appearance on CBS News’ “Face The Nation” with host Margaret Brennan — responding to a question about her recent statement that she believes immigration is the Biden administration’s “weakest issue.”
Of course, the New York congresswoman began by blaming former President Donald Trump — claiming that he had “dramatically inflamed” the illegal immigration issue. However, she then pivoted to arguing that the roughly 500,000 Venezuelans who have recently flooded into the U.S. should be given a pathway to citizenship — asserting that it would “reduce the strain on our public systems.”
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Ocasio-Cortez then jumped to blaming Rubio for the problem, claiming that the “root of this problem” is that the U.S. is “constantly engaging in foreign policy that drives people to our southern border” — specifically citing “U.S. sanctions that were originally authored by Marco Rubio” which she believes “certainly took a large part in the driving of populations to our southern border shortly after those sanctions.”
“And so we have to address the root of these population movements and the migration crisis. And we have to also have to address the domestic U.S. policy issues when it comes to immigration reform,” Ocasio-Cortez argued.
Brennan pushed back on the Democrat congresswoman’s argument — noting that Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro was “responsible for large parts of that.”
Despite the fact that the sanctions were put in place because of the horrific human rights violations being committed by the Maduro regime — as well as terrorism-related activity, narcotics, human trafficking and corruption in the socialist country — Ocasio-Cortez insisted that the U.S. should “reexamine” the sanctions.
The New York congresswoman also refused to answer a question about whether President Joe Biden should finally go to the southern border for the first time in his nearly 50 years in political office — or whether she would go visit the border herself.