Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Lindsey Graham quarreled Monday about migrants at the border via Twitter.
The Democratic freshman who has been a strong advocate for immigrants tweeted on Sunday: “Asking to be considered a refugee & applying for status isn’t a crime. It wasn’t for Jewish families fleeing Germany. It wasn’t for targeted families fleeing Rwanda. It wasn’t for communities fleeing war-torn Syria. And it isn’t for those fleeing violence in Central America.”
Along with her comment, Ocasio-Cortez attached a Twitter post by NBC News that shows a photo of a woman and children running away from tear gas at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The border was reopened the same day, according to a statement by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.
He then followed his earlier response with a series of 10 additional “thoughts” on the issue.
“Americans want an immigration policy which we control, not one where illegal immigrants control us,” the Republican senator said. “We are a nation of immigrants. We are also a kind and generous people. But Americans will not be played for fools.”
While Graham was stumping with the president in Mississippi for Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith Monday evening, Ocasio-Cortez responded to Graham's initial suggestion.
".@LindseyGrahamSC, the point of such a treasured museum is to bring its lessons to present day," she wrote. "This administration has jailed children and violated human rights. Perhaps we should stop pretending that authoritarianism + violence is a historical event instead of a growing force."