AOC Calls on Illegal Immigrants to Fill Out 2020 Census
Congresswoman under fire for 'anti-American' language
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., urged illegal immigrants to participate in the upcoming census as she came under fire for using “anti-American" language.
Speaking Thursday on “Late Night" with Seth Meyers, AOC said:
"We're all going to get mailed a prompt to fill out the census in the next two weeks or so."
"And so I think what’s really important is that we all fill this out. It happens once every ten years.”
“Every single person, no matter your documentation status, no matter your housing status, income, etc., is to be counted,” she said.
She then assured viewers that the data included is “completely confidential."
“So don’t worry if you’re having a creative living situation, it’s not going to be told to your landlord or anything crazy like that,” she added.
The census determines how $1.5 trillion in federal spending is allocated, while also determining how many congressional seats each state receives.
The Census Bureau said it counts “our population and households” in the U.S.
The remarks come after Ocasio-Cortez shared a video, distributed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's office, emphasizing "you will NOT be asked about immigration status."
But AOC's remarks enraged one New York lawmaker who called rhetoric “anti-American.”
“illegal aliens should not be counted equally to law-abiding Americans and legal immigrants – plain and simple,” Assemblyman Mike LiPetri said in a statement.
“When radical left-wing politicians like AOC make such statements, she sends a message to all Americans and legal immigrants that it doesn’t matter if you work hard and play by the rules, we’re going to prioritize criminals and those here illegally over you.”
The Census comes once every 10 years. From school💰to representation, it shapes many aspects of our lives.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 27, 2020
*Everyone* counts in the Census, no matter who you are or where you’re from. You will NOT be asked about immigration status.
The more you know! 💫 pic.twitter.com/HVihizEh7L
Ocasio-Cortez’s push for illegals to fill out the census is part of a broader fight over the census.
Various Democratic states and localities, including New York and California, are thought to have large numbers of illegals.
But the amount of funding they receive is down to how many illegal immigrants they can get to fill out the form.
In July, President Donald Trump accused Democrats of trying to “conceal the number of illegal aliens in our midst.”
"This is part of a broader left-wing effort to erode the rights of the American citizen,” he said.
“And it’s very unfair to our country.”