Socialist Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York lambasted President Joe Biden for his “cruel” decision to build a border wall to ease the migrant crisis.
Ocasio-Cortez issued the statement Thursday after the Biden administration announced the reversal on building up a border wall. The order will allow the government to sidestep environmental regulations in order to resume a plan initiated during the Trump administration.
“The Biden administration was not required to expand construction of the border wall – and they certainly were not required to waive several environmental laws to expedite the building,” wrote Ocasio-Cortez.
“The President needs to take responsibility for this decision and reverse course,” she added.
“A wall does nothing to deter people who are fleeing poverty and violence from coming to the United States.” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “You do not risk your life or your childrens’ (sic) lives going through the Darién Gap or traversing hundreds of miles of desert if you have any other options. Walls only serve to push migrants into more remote areas, increasing their chances of death. It is a cruel policy.”
She went on to accuse the U.S. of destabilizing the situation in South America.
Also on Thursday Biden offered a bizarre excuse for the decision that contradicted what his own Homeland Security secretary said about the subject.
“The border wall — the money was appropriated for the border wall. I tried to get to them to reappropriate it, to redirect that money. They didn’t. They wouldn’t,” Biden said to reporters. “And in the meantime, there’s nothing under the law other than they have to use the money for what it was appropriated. I can’t stop that.”
The Biden administration has been lambasted for an immigration crisis that continues to worsen under its policies. Biden had promised to end the construction on the border wall during his 2020 presidential campaign.
Here’s more about Biden’s border wall building reversal:
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