AOC claims Democratic Party has ‘never tried’ when it comes to Latino voters, cites immigration

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appears to believe Democrats are losing the Hispanic/Latino vote because they, as a party, aren’t doing enough to cater to illegal aliens.

Speaking on the left-wing “Pod Save America” podcast this Tuesday, she said the party needs to do more outreach to illegal aliens.

“I can at least say, with Latino voters, we’ve never tried as a party. The Democrat Party has not tried in terms of Latino electorates. And, I mean, where’s our DREAM Act? Where is our immigration reform?” she said.

She added that President Joe Biden’s recent executive order pardoning federal inmates convicted of marijuana possession was problematic too because it didn’t apply to illegal aliens.

“And even recently with President Biden’s marijuana executive order, I very much applaud that he went there, but he exempted people who were convicted while they were undocumented, and that is 90 percent we’re looking at,” she said.

“The overwhelming majority of people who have been convicted that would benefit from that pardon have status complications, and so we really need to step up both in our efforts on campaign but also our efforts in governance,” Ocasio-Cortez added.

Nowhere in her commentary was there even the slightest recognition that Hispanics/Latinos are flocking to the Republican Party because they prefer the GOP’s positions on a variety of issues, including illegal migration, not to mention crime.

Indeed, in a recent statement to Fox News, Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico Jennifer González Colón, a Republican, said that her people are moving to the right precisely because they believe that the GOP’s policies are better for them.

“Our platform is one of a stronger economy, a better job market, significant crime reduction and affirmation of family values. What changed is that the message, which has always been there, is reaching more communities around America loud and clear, and this community is now more willing to listen to who can offer them a truly better future,” she said.

“One very important consideration is to not take us for granted. Just as the Democrats should not take us for granted on account of minority identity or socioeconomic status, Republicans should not take us for granted on account of religiosity or family links. Any party that wants our support needs to hear what are our needs and concerns and show that they understand they are the same other communities have, but can’t be exactly the same,” she added.

The problem is that Ocasio-Cortez thinks Hispanics/Latinos are only concerned with illegal migration. Worse, she thinks they support illegal migration and want more exemptions and even benefits to be proffered to illegal aliens.

This is, incidentally, the exact same mistake Democrats made in 2020.

“Many Democrats were convinced that Donald Trump’s conservative, and at times offensive, policies on immigration and border security would alienate Hispanics to such an extent that they would flock in droves to the Democratic Party in 2020,” a piece published in The Hill last year notes.

“Instead, according to exit polls, Trump won 32 percent of the Latino vote nationally (up from 28 percent in 2016) and 41 percent of the Latino vote in Texas (up from 34 percent in 2016). In the Rio Grande Valley’s two most populous countries (Hidalgo and Cameron; directly across the border from Mexico), where Hispanics account for more than 90 percent of the population, Trump won 41 percent and 43 percent of the vote in 2020 (up from 28 percent and 32 percent, respectively, in 2016),” the piece continues.

Democrats as a whole — not just Ocasio-Cortez — are repeating this mistake ad nauseam. Take, for instance, their response to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis shipping 50 illegal aliens to Martha’s Vineyard. Democrats cried that the “stunt” was a racist and mean “crime against humanity:”

Yet polling data shows that a plurality of Florida Hispanics and the majority of Florida Hispanic immigrants supported the governor’s actions.

“Amid all the controversy, Florida Hispanics side with the governor on the Martha’s Vineyard flight, with 50% in favor and 43% opposed to the relocation,” NBC News reported Monday, citing a new poll from Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy.

“Support for DeSantis’ migrant relocation move was strongest among Hispanic immigrants. Those born outside the United States favored the policy by 52% to 41%, according to the poll. Those born in the United States were almost equally divided, with 49% in favor and 45% opposed,” NBC News added.

None of this data seems to matter to Ocasio-Cortez and other far-leftists like her because they live in a bubble/echo chamber where it’s believed Hispanics/Latinos are vociferously pro-illegal migration. And so the idea that Hispanics are in fact just against illegal migration as everybody else is simply unfathomable to them.

Also unfathomable to the likes of Ocasio-Cortez is that not everybody views tough-on-immigration and tough-on-crime policies as “fascism.”

“I think we need to work really, really hard because we are still very much at this very critical precipice of fascism in this country and that’s very, very real,” she obliviously said during her “Pod Save America” interview.

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