Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced that President Biden’s State of the Union speech Tuesday “left a little bit to be desired” because it didn’t go far enough to push Progressive policies on student loan debt, immigration, and energy policy. The socialist “Squad” leader picked apart her own party’s Commander-In-Chief soon after his address ended — eclipsing the more widely anticipated yet ultimately less critical “rebuttal” to Biden from Leftist ally Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.). [tweet_embed] March 4, 2022[/tweet_embed] “The piece on immigration was really just glossed over and we have over 10 — you know, anywhere between 10 to 13 million immigrants in this country that feel desperate for a path to citizenship,” Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) announced on MSNBC. “We heard, you know, some speaking to Dreamers but Dreamers want their families to be able to stay. They don’t want to be separated from their parents either,” she went on. “So I think there’s some themes that left a little bit to be desired for key constituencies in the Democratic base, but the President’s goal was very clear on really projecting a theme of unity and I think he stuck to that.” The 32-year-old democratic socialist from New York City moved to fault Biden for releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in response to Russia’s attack on Ukraine while giving short shrift to renewable energy. The congresswoman announced it “definitely was a lost opportunity” for Biden. [tweet_embed] March 4, 2022[/tweet_embed] “Russia is very, very much reliant on the rest of the world buying its oil. We are releasing oil reserves right now in order to ease that, but we shouldn’t be relying on fossil fuels to begin with and that would really solve a lot of these issues,” she stated. “I think that there’s a lot more to be desired there. [Electric vehicles], while they are great, they are not the main form of transit for millions of people who live in urban or urban-adjacent areas in the United States. And so we need to hear more about our transition to clean energy beyond just, you know, weatherizing our windows, which is incredibly important, and EVs. But we really need to hear more, I think, about mass transit, trains, high-speed rail and renewable energy.” [tweet_embed] March 4, 2022[/tweet_embed] Ocasio-Cortez, who represents parts of the Bronx and Queens, proceeded to press Biden to grant Temporary Protected Status to Ukrainian citizens living in the U.S. The status would allow them to legally stay in the U.S. Fellow “Squad” members gave mixed reviews to certain Biden lines. For instance, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) was conspicuously seated when almost all other members of Congress gave Biden a standing ovation for criticizing calls to defund the police. By contrast, Tlaib’s more formal response to Biden, on behalf of the Leftist Working Families Party, was largely decontextualized from the President’s comments after she received denouncement from fellow Democrats.