AOC to Ted Cruz: “Your resignation is 84 days past due.” Cruz Rickrolls AOC in response to tweet

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Senator Ted Cruz and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are at it again. The two lawmakers are battling on social media over the crisis on the border and immigration reform. AOC called for Cruz’s resignation and Cruz dropped a Rickroll tweet during their back and forth exchange.

AOC was tweeting about “Ted Cruz types” taking tours of the southern border yet they were the ones responsible for casting votes that caused the illegal immigrant crisis. She bemoaned the fact that she is having difficulty getting bipartisan support for the Roadmap to Freedom resolution she cosponsors.

“And the fact is a LOT of Ted Cruz types who are now going down to meet refugee children in boats outfitted w/ machine guns are the ones who helped create this problem in the first place,” she said.

Ocasio-Cortez further tweeted: “For all those who are brand new to this & only care about cages on a partisan basis, catch up: we’ve been fighting our own party on immigration for a long time. This is the result of Congress endlessly dumping money into CBP/ICE cages vs humane policy”

She has a long Twitter thread on kids in cages and the failure of both parties to attend to the people crossing the southern border and then promoted the resolution. The resolution was introduced by sister squad member Rep. Jayapal.

Cruz dinged AOC over her Abolish ICE stance and preference for open borders. He pointed out that before Biden became president, illegal immigration was at a low mark. Now it is at the highest levels in 20 years.

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That tweet led Cruz to respond, “[email protected] explains the real Dem position: abolish ICE. Full open borders. Which would make the #BidenBorderCrisis even worse.”

“She says nothing else works. Really? Last year, we had the lowest illegal immigration IN 45 YEARS. This year, we have the highest in 20 years,” Cruz tweeted.

That is when AOC went in for some criticism of his escape to Cancun during the Texas winter storm and called for his resignation.

Ocasio-Cortez then hit back at Cruz, calling him out for his February trip to Cancún, Mexico, as his state was dealing with extreme winter weather. She also said Cruz “funded cages, expanded cages, and yet you’re complaining about cages. You have no policy, just puff.”

“Maybe Mexico shouldn’t let YOU in the next time you try to run away from your job to sip umbrella drinks in Cancún,” she tweeted. “A reminder that your resignation is 84 days past due. At least.”

We know that the kids in cages thing started during the Obama/Biden administration. Sandy from the Bronx likes to blame it all on the bad Orange Man but that’s not the actual history of those cages being used to detain illegal immigrants. The Obama/Biden administration built those cages. She was happy to trek to the southern border and weep outside a detention facility for cameras during Trump’s administration yet she has not gone back to the border since then. She traveled to Houston in February during the winter storm to have a photo-op for raising money for the Houston Food Bank and then volunteering to fill boxes of food for those in need at the food bank with other female Democrat politicians. But she didn’t go on to the border to see the situation there now.

Last night Cruz tweeted out a Rickroll in response to AOC’s open border policies.

So far today, as I write this, AOC hasn’t circled back to Cruz after the Rickroll tweet.

The Roadmap to Freedom resolution would appear to be poorly timed. AOC and her fellow travelers should read the room. There is no appetite on the part of Democrats to make immigration reforms that will also receive support from Republicans. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris can’t even admit that there is a crisis on the border. A resolution calling for “safety net benefits” and special priorities for illegal immigrants at a time of high unemployment and financial ruin for many families due to the pandemic is not properly reading the room.

The New York Democrat is a cosponsor of the Roadmap to Freedom resolution, which calls for a sweeping overhaul of the immigration system, including improving legal defense for migrants, abolishing for-profit detention facilities, prioritizing migrants who’ve survived violence and human trafficking, and providing immigrants with worker protections and government safety net benefits.

AOC held a virtual town hall Wednesday and slammed the facilities on the border for migrants. She didn’t want to do any comparisons between the Trump approach and the Biden approach to illegal migrants crossing the border, of course, but shared her hot takes anyway. Trump was worse than Biden is, you know.

“We’re looking at what’s going on in these facilities. It’s unacceptable, it’s horrifying and it’s a result of the fact that we have built our immigration system on the same principles and scaffolding as our carceral system,” Ocasio-Cortez said during a virtual town hall.

“The fact that this keeps happening over and over and over again is a political failure by both parties,” the congresswoman said.

She added that she didn’t want to draw “false equivalents” between the Biden and Trump administration’s actions.

“What is happening here is not the same as what happened during the Trump administration where they took babies out of the arms of mothers and deported their families and permanently traumatized these children,” she said, adding that President Biden’s policies toward families are “simply not the same” as his predecessor.

“Both are these things are barbaric and wrong, but when you rip a baby out of hands of a mother, you cannot draw the same comparison and anyone who is trying to do that is doing a profound disservice to the cause of justice.”

She may be surprised to learn that recent polling shows most Americans are unhappy with how Joe Biden is handling illegal immigration and the border. Read the room, Sandy.

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