Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is coming under fire after urging illegal immigrants to participate in the upcoming census — with opponents saying her language was “anti-American,”
“We’re all going to get mailed a prompt to fill out the census in the next two weeks or so,” she said Thursday on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” “And so I think what’s really important is that we all fill this out. It happens once every 10 years.”
“Every single person, no matter your documentation status, no matter your housing status, income, etc., is to be counted,” she said, before assuring viewers that the data included is “completely confidential” and not shared with other agencies.
“So don’t worry if you’re having a creative living situation, it’s not going to be told to your landlord or anything crazy like that,” she added.
The Census comes once every 10 years. From school?to representation, it shapes many aspects of our lives.
*Everyone* counts in the Census, no matter who you are or where you’re from. You will NOT be asked about immigration status.
The more you know! ? pic.twitter.com/HVihizEh7L
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 27, 2020
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Called “anti-American.”
The census is a once-a-decade population count that determines how $1.5 trillion in federal spending is allocated, and also how many congressional seats each state gets. The Census Bureau notes that it counts “our population and households” in the U.S.
The remarks come after she shared a video, distributed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office, and emphasized that “you will NOT be asked about immigration status.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks angered at least one New York lawmaker — who said her rhetoric was “anti-American.”
New York Assemblyman Mike LiPetri said in a statement”
“Illegal aliens should not be counted equally to law-abiding Americans and legal immigrants – plain and simple.
When radical left-wing politicians like AOC make such statements, she sends a message to all Americans and legal immigrants that it doesn’t matter if you work hard and play by the rules, we’re going to prioritize criminals and those here illegally over you.”