In a Twitter post, Ocasio-Cortez said proceeding to the U.S. border seeking asylum is a legal method of arrival. Indeed, Ocasio-Cortez forgot that the asylum seekers are entering the country illegally and do not present any documents. Moreover, illegal immigrants pose a threat to citizens as they increase the crime rate.
The progressive Democrat also said the U.S. has offered to destabilize some areas of Latin America and "we can’t help set someone’s house on fire and then blame them for fleeing."
As previously reported by Fox News, Harris made remarks looking to explain the administration’s position on immigration during a visit to Guatemala, where she said the U.S. intends to continue running toward securing its border.
"I want to emphasize that the goal of our work is to help Guatemalans find hope at home, at the same time I want to be clear to folks in this region who are thinking about making the dangerous trek to the United States-Mexico border -- do not come, do not come," she said. "There are legal methods by which migration can and should occur." Harris said the administration would discourage illegal migration and that people who arrived at the border that way would be "turned back."
Harris partook in a common press conference with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei during her first journey to the region since President Biden tasked her with taking the lead on fighting the "root causes" of illegal immigration in the countries where it originates.
"The message changed too: 'We're going to reunite families, we're going to reunite children,'" he told CBS News. "The very next day, the coyotes were here organizing groups of children to take them to the United States." "We asked the United States government to send more of a clear message to prevent more people from leaving," he said.
Harris previously acknowledged several acute causes of migration from Guatemala, including recent hurricanes, persistent drought, and the result from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source problems include poverty and the resulting lack of economic opportunities, corruption and the absence of good governance, and violence against women, the LGBTQ community, and Afro-descendants.
She was selected for the role at the end of March as the number of migrants looking to cross the U.S. border surges.
Giammattei noted that the U.S. has been asked to send a clearer message on immigration.