Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed a Supreme Court ruling that allows the Trump administration’s “public charge” rule, which is aimed at reducing the number of green card applicants who may use public benefits, to take effect.
“This is shameful,” the New York Democrat tweeted Monday. “America shouldn’t have a wealth test for admission. It’s a place where millions of people are descendants of immigrants who came w nothing & made a life. The American Dream isn’t a private club with a cover charge — it’s the possibility of remaking your future.”
This is shameful. America shouldn’t have a wealth test for admission. It’s a place where millions of people are descendants of immigrants who came w nothing & made a life.
The American Dream isn’t a private club with a cover charge – it’s the possibility of remaking your future. https://t.co/qKm7BuUhXI
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 27, 2020
Her tweet came just after the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of what some have called a “wealth test,” making it easier to deny legal permanent residency and a path to citizenship to immigrants who receive food stamps, housing vouchers, and Medicaid.
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Saikat Chakrabarti, the embattled chief of staff for freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is leaving his position following series of controversies that contributed to public divisions within the House Democratic Caucus.
“Saikat has decided to leave the office of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez to work with [nonprofit group] New Consensus to further develop plans for a Green New Deal,” Corbin Trent, Ocasio-Cortez director of communications, told The Intercept Friday.
Former New York state assemblyman Dov Hikind and Joseph Saladino, a YouTube personality running for Congress, have filed the claims.
Both cite a recent ruling against President Donald Trump, which said he was breaking the law by blocking critics on the social media platform.
The men say the law should apply to all politicians.
“Trump is not allowed to block people, will the standards apply equally?” Mr Saladino tweeted.
And a feud with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi escalated after Congress passed a border funding bill that four young Democrats opposed. Pelosi discussed the bill, and those in her party who oppose it, in an interview last weekend. She told the New York Times: “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world, but they didn’t have any following. They’re four people, and that’s how many votes they got.”
Ocasio-Cortez said to The Washington Post on Wednesday that the “persistent singling out” by the Speaker may be more than “outright disrespectful.”
In an earlier interview with The New Yorker Radio Hour, Ocasio-Cortez accused Congress of using women and minorities as “bargaining chips.”