Ocasio-Cortez Calls Out Cruz for Lying About Martha’s Vineyard Stunt

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) called Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) an embarrassment on Saturday after the senator spread disinformation about the way asylum seekers who were sent to Martha’s Vineyard in a cruel GOP stunt were treated by the residents of the island.

After Republican Governors Ron DeSantis & Greg Abbott sent dozens of mostly Venezuelan asylum seekers and refugees to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, and other liberal areas last week, Ocasio-Cortez thanked Martha’s Vineyard residents for immediately mobilizing to shelterDespite receiving no notice of their arrival, the migrants were not notified.

In a tweet, Ocasio Cortez responded to Ocasio Cortez’s Friday question. Cruz lied about how the migrants were treated, saying that “The rich, liberal ‘people of Martha’s Vineyard’ DEPORTED THE ILLEGAL ALIENS WITHIN 24 HOURS.” This is untrue — the residents of the island had arranged to shelter and feed the group upon their arrival, and the state has now arrangedTo be sheltered and fed at an emergency shelter on Cape Cod

Ocasio-Cortez called out Cruz’s lie. “They were not deported. They were brought to shelter in America without any help from you. Why lie to and traffic Venezuelan refugees in the USA? For votes? This is nuestra familia Latina,” meaning “our Latin family.” She continued in her tweet, saying, “You should be standing up for them. If it’s one thing we can count on you for, it’s being una vergüenza,” or an embarrassment.

The right has repeatedly spread disinformation about the Martha’s Vineyard stunt, which Republicans likely pulled in hopes of exposing so-called “liberal hypocrisy” on immigration. Cruz recently deleted a tweet from last week in which he falsely claimed that Democrats had activated the National Guard in order to “interdict” the group, when in fact the National Guard was activated to help with relief.

In reality, however the incident is likely to be seen as a disaster by Republicans, who will likely look cruel and callous. liedTo the migrants about where they were being taken and resourcesThey would be provided with this in an inhumane and potentially illegalTry to score political points.

Ocasio-Cortez condemned the GOP lawmakers’ social media actions. “It’s appalling that far-right politicians seem to have decided that fall before an election is their regularly scheduled time to commit crimes against humanity on refugees,” she said Friday. “Don’t normalize this. Lying to & trafficking people for TV and clicks isn’t politics as usual. It’s abuse.”

She said that immigration has become a difficult process for many asylum seekers at its southern border border because it has been politicized.

“Not people calling others ‘illegal’ as they fondly recall their last name is spelled the way it is because their great-grandpa came to the US with the equivalent of a misspelled post-it note,” she wrote. “By today’s standardsMost US families would have been considered undocumented or trafficked by the time they reached their family history. For the most part, people didn’t need lawyers and years of processing to come to the US until immigration became a racialized issue. Remember that.”

Representatives for migrants and other experts in immigration have called forDeSantis was the subject of a criminal investigation likening his action tohuman trafficking or kidnapping. On Saturday, Lawyers for Civil Rights, which represents about 30 of the people who were flown to Martha’s Vineyard, sent a letter asking the Massachusetts attorney general to open a criminal investigation into the “shameful political stunt.” New York City Mayor Eric Adams also said that he is looking into legal action after Abbott similarly bused asylum seekers from Texas into New York.