Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) recently lashed out at Elon Musk after the billionaire mogul criticized her over her response to the ongoing immigration crisis in New York City.
Since 2022, New York City has been hit with a surge in illegal immigration, with over 100,000 migrants heading into the already-crowded city.
Ocasio-Cortez recently tried to downplay the immigration crisis in her state by comparing the number of illegal migrants in New York City and the millions of immigrants that had arrived in the U.S. through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1954, as the Blaze reported.
“The numbers — when it comes to people coming to New York City today — are nothing, I’m telling you, nothing, compared to the daily amounts of people that we saw coming in through Ellis Island in the first half of [last] century,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a video she posted to her Instagram account.
“We had seen just huge numbers of people coming in per day that far eclipsed what we’re seeing right now,” Ocasio-Cortez added.
“She’s just not that smart,” Must wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter, referring to Ocasio-Cortez’s comments.
She’s just not that smart
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 27, 2023
Ocasio-Cortez later responded to Musk’s comment but refused to even mention the ongoing immigration crisis that is devastating New York City.
“I wasn’t born rich and became the youngest woman in American history to be elected to Congress. Then I investigated Cohen, authored the largest FEMA funeral assistance program in history, and led creation of a US Climate Corps to create tens of thousands of new jobs. Stay mad,” she responded.
I wasn’t born rich and became the youngest woman in American history to be elected to Congress.
Then I investigated Cohen, authored the largest FEMA funeral assistance program in history and led creation of a US Climate Corps to create tens of thousands of new jobs.
Stay mad 💁🏽♀️ https://t.co/EDsPGs8Bx6
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 27, 2023
Ocasio-Cortez’s comments that the number of illegal immigrants in New York City is “nothing” have not been shared by several officials, including New York City Mayor Eric Adams, who has repeatedly blasted the Biden administration for its inaction in helping facilitate the migrant crisis.
Adams has said that at the current pace, his administration will end up spending over $12 billion in the next three years to provide shelter for illegal migrants.
Musk recently criticized the media for its refusal to cover the migrant crisis at the southern border. He said he plans to visit the border soon to tackle the crisis headfirst.