A socialist candidate for U.S. Congress from New York was caught lying on NPR’s “Morning Edition” last week.
“What we’re really talking about is re-imagining immigration to be humane,” said Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. “It wasn’t until about 1999 that we chose to criminalize immigration at all, and then once ICE was established we really kind of militarized that enforcement to a degree that was previously unseen in the United States.”
There is one small issue with Ocasio-Cortez’s statement: it is completely incorrect.
In 1929, Congress passed a law that made crossing the border illegally a misdemeanor. It was the first criminalization of border crossing in the history of the country. The same law made it a felony to re-enter the United States after a deportation, and established designated ports of entry for illegal aliens seeking asylum.
Even before 1929, unauthorized entry into the United States was against the law, but not criminalized. For example, the Immigration Act of 1882 and the Immigration Act of 1891 restricted entry for certain classes of people — like any “convict, lunatic or idiot” — and created standards for deportation. The “convict, lunatic, or idiot” rule might do some good if implemented today.
In any case, Ocasio-Cortez’s revisionist history is a fact-free farce.
In the late 1990’s, though, Democrat President William J. Clinton did indeed broaden restrictions on immigration, creating many more criminal offenses stemming from crossing the border illegally. Surely this is what Ocasio-Cortez was referring to when claimed that immigration laws were only created in “about 1999.”
Ocasio-Cortez, who surprisingly defeated incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) in last week’s primary, has already been caught in one major lie.
As reported by several media outlets, Ocasio-Cortez sold the public on a story that she was a “working-class kid” from the Bronx. It turns out, she grew up in wealthy Westchester County, a “ritzy suburb” of New York City.
After telling two big lies in her first week in the public eye, it would seem that Ocasio-Cortez already has the Democrat strategy down to a science.
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TROLLED: Pelosi For Prison Banner Flown Over Her San Francisco District
It calls for Pelosi to be locked up for her “crimes against America.”
Liberals in San Francisco were immediately triggered Thursday morning by the sight of an impossible-to-miss 25-foot by 80-foot “Pelosi for Prison” banner flying in the spy upon the left-wing stronghold.
Her lawlessness, ignorance and corruption have gone on for too long!
— DeAnna for Congress🇺🇸vs Nancy (@DeAnna4Congress) February 6, 2020
The banner, paid for by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Republican opponent, DeAnna Lorraine, directs those who see it to a petition, located at PelosiForPrison.co, which calls for Pelosi to be jailed for her “crimes against America.” With the banner coming just a day after President Donald Trump’s acquittal in the Pelosi-driven impeachment hearings, it is a sign that some conservatives are moving off of the defensive, and instead focusing on offensive attacks against left-wing figures like Pelosi.
Speaking with Big League Politics, Lorraine states that the banner was a part of her plan to expose Pelosi’s record while in the Congress, along with her “egregious crimes against America.”
“I am running for Congress to clean out the corruption that is Nancy Pelosi. Instead of caring for the people of
San Francisco and advancing their issues on a national scale, she spends her time conducting asinine
impeachments and investigations that amount to absolutely nothing” said DeAnna. “It’s past time we start
hitting her hard on her record of poor leadership and egregious crimes against America, and I look very much
forward to retiring her in November.”
This banner definitely gets that message across, and surely has Nancy Pelosi shaking with rage.
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