Democrat Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) said on Wednesday that she wants the federal government to give families separated at the border under Trump’s presidency reparations.
AOC attacked the “barbaric” conditions illegal immigrants are being held under the Biden administration, but she did not want to “draw false equivalence” between the treatment of illegal immigrants during the two administrations.
“Now the first thing I want to say is that the fact that this keeps happening over and over and over again is a political failure by both parties. And I want to be very clear about that because I don’t want to draw false equivalence,” said AOC.
“What is happening here is not the same as what happened during the Trump administration, where they took babies out of the arms of their mothers and deported their families and permanently traumatized these children, some of whom we don’t know will ever be reunified with their family again, which is a level of human rights violation that is just simply not the same,” continued AOC.
“So I don’t want to excuse any of this but I’m also — I don’t think we should also get them twisted together because one is not the same. And we cannot dust that under the rug, and by the way, those families are owed reparations,” said AOC.
The comments came during a virtual town hall meeting with her constituents.