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.
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