Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gave an inaugural address in her Bronx congressional district Sunday, befit with a swearing-in-ceremony. Speaking during the event, she seemed to endorse a policy that could potentially shift the Overton window of the Democratic Party on immigration considerably to the left.
AOC spoke of a “right to migrate” that she would fight to implement on a policy level in Washington, referencing the concept in passing with several other progressive policy proposals.
“When it comes to our right to health care, our right to migrate, our right to live, our right to be paid a dignified wage, we will not take no for an answer.”
Ocasio-Cortez has been accused by her political critics of supporting unprecedented policies that are incredibly unrealistic, such as the Green New Deal. The environmentalist set of policies would mandate that every building in the United States be rebuilt to meet green standards, in addition to restricting the use of nuclear energy- even though it’s by far the most environmentally-friendly energy source commonly used in the United States.
A supposed ‘right to migrate’ could be similarly compared to the Green New Deal in being a massively unprecedented and unrealistic policy proposal. Millions of people apply for immigration visas to enter the United States every year, and the right Ocasio-Cortez references would presumably mandate that all of them be allowed to immigrate to the country.
This would leave the United States with truly massive annual levels of migration, easily surpassing the record-setting immigration totals to the country since the year 2000. It’s possible that recognizing a right to migrate as Ocasio-Cortez alluded to would result in hundreds of millions of people migrating to the United States from poor countries.
One could easily call the “right to migrate” simply a more honest and frank way of expressing a political preference for open borders.
I can’t blame Ocasio-Cortez for having the curtness to express views commonly held by elite corporate Democrats(whom she claims to oppose politically), who are more accustomed to deceiving the American people as to their true views on immigration policy.
Ilhan Omar’s Grandfather Was a Government Official in One of Africa’s Worst Dictatorships
Talk about ‘systematic oppression.’
As Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar accuses American civilization of being a “system of oppression,” it appears that the progressive Democrat has provided little to no public information on her own grandfather’s activities and public duties as a government official in one of Africa’s worst dictatorships.
Omar has described her grandfather, Abukar Omar, as the Director of the National Marine Transport in Somalia in the 1980’s and possibly earlier, serving in the government of then-President Siad Barre. Barre, who took power in 1969, originally governed the country as a Marxist-Leninist before switching his Cold War allegiances to the United States in the late 70’s.
Barre’s government is known as a prolific human rights abuser, persecuting the nation’s Isaaq tribe in a series of government sponsored killings that scholars have referred to as a “forgotten genocide.” Estimates of the civilian casualties of the Isaaq genocide range from 50,000 to 200,000 people.
Omar, who was a child at the time, has also described her family leaving Somalia in 1991, the very year that President Barre was overthrown from power in a revolution that continues to have a destabilizing effect on the East African nation to this day.
It’s of some public interest that a more thorough explanation of Akubar Omar’s duties as an official serving under Siad Barre be provided, especially considering the former Barre official was granted refugee status in the United States sometime after Barre was overthrown in Somalia’s 1991 Civil War.
Omar has described her family as understanding that they were “no longer welcome” in the country as a result of the civil war, a development that may very well have come as a result of her grandfather’s work as a nominally high-ranking government official under the Barre regime. Rep. Omar recounted an incident in which what seems to have been a family compound was placed under siege by rebels who vandalized the property in a 2016 profile with the Minneapolis City Pages.
Omar biographies also suggest that some of her aunts and uncles also worked as civil servants under Barre’s government.
An inquiry into Abukar Omar’s official duties as the Director of the National Marine Transport under Barre’s regime was sent to Omar’s press office, and the Congresswoman has yet to respond as of Wednesday night.
Ilhan Omar was also one of the few Democratic members of Congress to decline to formally vote to recognize the Armenian Genocide conducted by the Ottoman Empire after World War I, claiming the United States should be focusing on the legacy of slavery and persecution of Native Americans instead.
Certainly, one cannot be held to account for actions that their extended relatives engage in when they’re a child; but it’s quite rich that Omar has declined to account for her own grandfather’s seeming participation in a very real and historically documented “system of oppression” in any publicly known remarks on the family connection, while castigating American civilization for its supposed injustices.
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