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Ocasio-Cortez Doubles Down on Jesus, Migrant Comparison — She’s Suggesting Lax Enforcement Is ‘True Love’

When Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) received a lot of backlash after she called Jesus Christ a refugee, she apparently didn’t think her critics had valid arguments.

In a tweet posted on Christmas night, Ocasio-Cortez seemed to double down with a photo that mimicked religious iconography of Jesus with his mother Mary and father Joseph.

In the text of her tweet, Ocasio-Cortez implied that Christian love meant relaxed immigration enforcement:

True love is radical because it requires us to see ourselves in all people. Otherwise, it isn’t love.

Love is revolutionary because it has us treat ALL people as we would ourselves – not because we are charitable, but because we are one.

That is love’s radical inclusion.

Her comments came amid broader criticism of President Donald Trump’s immigration agenda and, in particular, the way he confronted the controversial migrant caravan approaching the southern border. Some suggested his administration betrayed Christian principles through its immigration policy:

But according to Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, those types of criticisms were generally off-base.

“The Bible does not have an immigration policy,” Pavone told IJR during an interview. Pavone clarified that while the Bible affirmed migrants’ inherent dignity as persons, it also emphasized the importance of borders.

“The idea of borders and the idea of nations having borders is very biblical,” he asserted. Politicians, Pavone argued, should exercise prudence and consider more than just “welcoming the stranger” when creating immigration policy. Pavone added that civil authorities rightfully possessed the discretion to make specific decisions about how to handle situations like migrant crises.

He also pointed to the Catholic Catechism, which reads (emphasis added):

The more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of the security and the means of livelihood which he cannot find in his country of origin. Public authorities should see to it that the natural right is respected that places a guest under the protection of those who receive him.

Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical conditions, especially with regard to the immigrants’ duties toward their country of adoption. Immigrants are obliged to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to obey its laws and to assist in carrying civic burdens.

In a statement on Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen decried how the nation’s immigration system reached a “breaking point.”

As IJR previously noted, the southern border has seen a dramatic increase in unlawful entries in recent months. DHS data also revealed that the vast majority of asylum claims are rejected by a judge and that only 31 percent of asylum seekers actually return for their hearings.

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