Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Likens Caravan Migrants to Jews Fleeing Holocaust
New York Democratic Rep.-elect responds to scenes of violent mobs storming US border
As the US was forced to defend its Southern Border from invasion from hundreds of caravan migrants, who stormed the crossing between Tijuana and San Diego, New York Democratic Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez compared the violent rock-throwing mobs to Jews fleeing Nazi Germany during the Holocaust.
Hundreds of Central American migrants rushed the crossing point between the US and Mexico at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, overwhelming Mexican authorities who were outnumbered by the crowds.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said she would not put up with this "lawlessness" as American authorities were forced to defend the border breach with rubber bullets and tear gas at the crossing between Tijuana and San Diego.
In response to the news, Ocasio-Cortez shared an NBC article about the invasion arguing that "asking to be considered a refugee & applying for status isn’t a crime. It wasn’t for Jewish families fleeing Germany."
Asking to be considered a refugee & applying for status isn’t a crime.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 25, 2018
It wasn’t for Jewish families fleeing Germany.
It wasn’t for targeted families fleeing Rwanda.
It wasn’t for communities fleeing war-torn Syria.
And it isn’t for those fleeing violence in Central America. https://t.co/qhv7Rr1itn
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The tensions at the border prompted US officials to close the crossing between Tijuana and San Diego, stopping thousands of people traveling legitimately between the US and Mexico.
In a statement, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the United States would not put up with this "lawlessness," threatening harsh punishments for "anyone who destroys federal property, endangers our frontline operators, or violates our sovereignty."
She later reported that border personnel were "struck by projectiles thrown by caravan members."
She condemned the"dangerous" actions of those responsible, adding they were "not consistent with peacefully seeking asylum."
Mexico also vowed to deport about 500 migrants who tried to "violently" and "illegally" cross the U.S. border on Sunday, according to the Mexican Interior Ministry in a statement.
The statement added that Mexican authorities had contained the protest at the crossing between Tijuana and San Diego.
Earlier on Sunday, Nielsen tweeted: "This AM, @CBP was forced to close the #SanYsidro POE to ensure public safety in response to a large # of migrants seeking to illegally enter the US.
"They attempted to breach legacy fence infrastructure along the border & sought to harm CBP personnel by throwing projectiles @ them.
"@DHS will not tolerate this type of lawlessness & will not hesitate to shut down POEs for security reasons.
"We'll seek to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law anyone who destroys federal property, endangers our frontline operators, or violates our sovereignty.
"#CBP along w other DHS, federal, state & local law enforcement, & the @DeptofDefense, have a robust presence along the SW Border and at our POEs. We remain in close contact with Mexican authorities and are committed to resolving this situation safely in concert with them."
In a later tweet, she condemned members of the caravan throwing objects at border personnel.
She wrote: "Today CBP (Customs and Border Protection) personnel were struck by projectiles thrown by caravan members.
"Such actions are dangerous & not consistent w peacefully seeking asylum.
"The perpetrators will be prosecuted.
"I will continue to aggressively support DHS personnel as they work to safely secure our border."