Protesters shouted down Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and other New York Democrats during a press conference over the illegal immigration crisis in New York City.
“Close the border!” protesters shouted. “Close the border! Close the border!”
Protesters were so angry that AOC’s security personnel stepped in to move them back.
“Ultimately, I think there are three points of consensus here that are very important in getting a solution to this issue,” AOC said. “
The first is that there is consensus here across geography and states on increasing federal resources to cities and municipalities dealing with this issue. The second is to allow for work authorizations so that the folks in here can get to work and start supporting themselves as soon as possible.”
“They’re prevented from getting jobs, they’re prevented from employment, and that is part of the strain on our public systems,” she added.
“The faster that folks can access the work that they’re asking for, legally, the better we can solve.”
Some protesters spoke to The New York Post about the illegal immigration crisis in the city.
“My wife’s children, Diego and Lina, have been waiting seven long years in Medellin, Colombia, to come to this country legally,” he said.
“They have paid all the immigration fees and have been fingerprinted by the FBI. They have done everything right — they have been waiting, and they haven’t broken federal law by crossing the border illegally, so why not them.”
“You know what’s going to happen, they’re going to say to my kids in a year from now ‘Diego and Lina, sorry but there’s no room for you, the country’s full,'” he continued. “It’s a slap in the face to legal migration.”
He said that “99% of these illegal aliens asylum petitions are not true asylum petitions,” and he asked President Joe Biden to close the border.
“It’s two years overdue,” he said.
“If you keep rewarding people for breaking federal law by crossing the border and coming to New York illegally, it’s never going to stop.”