While some Democrats seem worried about the migrants coming to the U.S.-Mexico border and the conditions there, Democratic lawmakers aren’t putting their votes where their mouths are.
The House passed a bill on Tuesday that includes $4.5 billion for border funding amid the growing immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border — although the White House has already pushed back, saying President Donald Trump would veto it.
2020 Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) responded to an Associated Press article titled, “A grim border drowning underlines peril facing many migrants,” which describes a photo of a man and his daughter who were Salvadoran migrants and had attempted to cross the Rio Grande before being swept away in the water.
“We can never accept this as normal,” Swalwell said in response. “This is @realDonaldTrump’s America.”
However, Swalwell was called out by National Republican Senatorial Committee senior adviser Matt Whitlock for not showing up to the House vote on the border funding bill.
It’s worth noting other 2020 Democrats such as Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) were no-shows for the House vote as well, according to Politico congressional reporter Sarah Ferris.
Reminder: last night Swalwell skipped the House vote on major border funding. https://t.co/Xk9Zr4vdgx
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) June 26, 2019
Four controversial Democrats vote down helping the border situation.
Even after referring to the detention facilities at the southern border to “concentration camps” — which caused Republican lawmakers to push back and sparked outrage among a National Border Council leader — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) decided not to help the crisis at the border by voting against the border funding bill passed in the Democratic-led House.
The controversial freshman joined a few of her other close colleagues, Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), in voting against the bill. The bill passed with a 230-195 vote, with only three Republicans joining Democrats in voting in support of it.
This wasn’t the only time that Ocasio-Cortez’s words haven’t matched up with her vote. As IJR Red previously noted, the self-described democratic socialist bashed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), as well as slammed Trump, for “asking for more money to an agency that has systematically violated human rights.”
She then voted “aye” at the beginning of January to temporarily fund the Department of Homeland Security, which ICE is under.
Additionally, Ocasio-Cortez and Omar both previously argued in late March about the lack of room at detention facilities — before being reminded that Democrats have refused to offer more detention beds.
As for this most recent bill, Ocasio-Cortez and the few of her Democratic colleagues said they wouldn’t vote for it if it funded ICE and Customs and Border Protection.
“On the one hand, she says you are running a concentration camp, and then she refuses to provide the president with the money to enlarge the facilities,” Kennedy told Fox News, calling the congresswoman out.