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It’s The 21st Century And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Using Social Media To Call Some Things Out

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become a household name for every liberal leaning Latino and young progressive. Her simple presence in Congress is breaking records. She’s the youngest person ever elected to Congress and just celebrated her 29th birthday. She refused to take any contributions from corporations and said the average donation amount was $17 from working class people who believe in a representative who refuses to represent corporate values.

Ocasio-Cortez hasn’t even been sworn in yet and she’s giving us all an insight into what it’s like to be a freshman in Congress via Instagram stories and essentially live tweeting the whole process while we all look on.

Social media has become Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ secret weapon in holding the Trump administration accountable and exposing what it looks like from the inside.

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She’s already leading the charge on a Green New Deal which would prioritize climate change as a legitimate threat to the American people. She’s even clapping back at Republicans who post fake news on Twitter.

She’s still the AOC we all fell for–a relatable, accessible, strong woman of the people.

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Her fire has only exploded since being elected. Days after the election she’s hosting protests and storming Nancy Pelosi’s office demanding for climate change justice. She has not taken her victory for granted and is ready to fight for the issues that her constituents are concerned about.

Already, she’s leveling with Trump on why math isn’t relative.

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Meanwhile, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted out a new report that shows “$21 TRILLION of Pentagon financial transactions ‘could not be traced, documented, or explained.’ $21T in Pentagon accounting errors. Medicare for All costs ~$32T. That means 66% of Medicare for All could have been funded already by the Pentagon. And that’s before our premiums.”

Orientation week for this Congresswoman looks no different than my college orientation.

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Except for that she’s there to make legislation happen for all of us. The effect? Her absolute transparency during the process is raising the bar for all elected officials. No special interests own her, so she’s Instagram polling her followers on policy. This is genius.

She and Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar have become fast “partners in justice”.

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Both are probably the most progressive Congresswomen-elect, seeking to erase student debt, challenge the U.S. contribution to climate change and gain Medicare for all during their time in Congress.

The two are undeterred by the chatter from the other side of the aisle as they strategize how to work together.

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Omar is working on a bill that would repeal an outdated law that prohibits headwear in Congress, essentially robbing her of her religious right to wear a hijab. Meanwhile, Ocasio-Cortez has had to clapback at a conservative reporter who tried to discredit her story by pointing out the brand clothing she was sporting.

She swiftly responded, “If I walked into Congress wearing a sack, they would laugh & take a picture of my backside. If I walk in with my best sale-rack clothes, they laugh & take a picture of my backside. Dark hates light – that’s why you tune it out.”

Social media is for trolling FOX News.

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Apparently, FOX News had a whole segment on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ shoes, during which they both praised and insulted the congresswoman elect. Someone on Twitter pinged Ocasio-Cortez to let her know that a four-person panel discussion on her shoes was going down.

Her response? She was not bothered.

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In June, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a photo of her shoes, worn through the soles to show how the campaign won “bc we out-worked the competition. Period.”

Ocasio-Cortez isn’t white-washing her Latinidad for anyone.

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She’s still saying her sana-sana’s for buena suerte in the Congressional Office lottery. I didn’t even know this was a thing, but I was saying my sana’s right there with her.

Ultimately, Ocasio-Cortez’ social media use is pulling our generation into the democratic process in a way nobody else has done before.

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The beauty is that she doesn’t need to wait to have the House floor to have a platform. With 1.43 million Twitter followers, she’s already just a few hundred thousand followers away from usurping Democratic Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans are listening to her talk about the colonialism of Puerto Rico.

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That’s right. Ocasio-Cortez has openly called Puerto Rico a “colony” of the United States before her election and she continues to do while baking cookies on Instagram. Her opinion: the root cause of Hurricane Maria’s devastations (besides climate change) must be to give Puerto Rico authentic self-determination.

To this date, the territory’s residents do not have the right to vote in federal elections.

Chipotle chilis and restructuring the prison bail system just go together.

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True story: we’re all shooketh. @sarahephilips tweeted, “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is making black bean soup on Instagram live and Shaun king asked how a pressure cooker works and AOC is explaining it to him and I’m …. what is happening”

Republicans are attempting to belittle a freshmen Congresswoman but it’s just not working.

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Why? Because Republicans are more interested in inciting and complaining and Ocasio-Cortez is here to “teach & inspire.” Way to turn the administration base policy on its head. Fight fire with water.

Not only is she sharing soup with iconic organizers, she’s clapping back all day.

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When Jim Hanson tweeted, “Things will be much simpler when our Democrat Socialist overlords simply tell us who will live and who will die #DeathPanels rock,” Ocasio-Cortez wasted no time in replying:

“Actually, we have for-profit ‘death panels’ now: they are companies + boards saying you’re on your own bc they won’t cover a critical procedure or medicine. Maybe if the GOP stopped hiding behind this ‘socialist’ rock they love to throw, they’d actually engage on-issue for once.”

I mean, girl quoted CARDI B.

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She is us. She isn’t adopting any elitism or entitlement in her new role and is the public servant our generation deserves.

She is reveling in the Trump administration’s alarm at her presence.

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Her strength and defiance in the face of the political pundits trying to demean her is inspiring. She is the role model young Latinos in this country need to know that they can step up and take over the world around them.

She also has no problem questioning the world of politics in the Trump White House, like on climate change.

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Okay, we know she has a lot of questions and in no particular order, but kind of. Ocasio-Cortez is leveling up on prioritizing climate change. Finally. Our generation has arrived in government and because all y’all won’t be around to live through the apocalypse, we’re literally screaming for something to change.

READ: Here’s What You Need To Know About Political Newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

She wants to know why members of Congress get to enjoy such cheap healthcare but regular Americans pay twice as much.

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Healthcare has been a major issue in politics the last few years. Everyone is demanding affordable healthcare but our government has fought against it and tried to take it away when we started getting it. Ocasio-Cortez knows the struggle of trying to afford basic healthcare and she’s ready to fight for better access for all Americans.

There’s also a serious question about the need to send troops and not caseworkers to the border.

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The people coming to the border are seeking asylum, a legal act according to international and federal law. The first step to seek asylum is to arrive to the U.S. border and present yourself. Instead of meeting troops and tear gas, these people need to be confronted with caseworkers ready to help them with their asylum claim.

One thing’s for sure, Ocasio-Cortez is America’s MVP.

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If you haven’t followed her on social media yet, you’re missing out on watching a young Latina powerhouse put conservatives in their place in the most epic, singularly Latina way possible.


READ: Here’s What You Need To Know About Political Newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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Congress Members Camp Out With Asylum Seekers Including Honduran Mother And Children In Viral Tear Gas Photo

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Congress Members Camp Out With Asylum Seekers Including Honduran Mother And Children In Viral Tear Gas Photo

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The Honduran family in the iconic photo from the U.S.-Mexico border are currently in the U.S. seeking asylum. According to Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-Calif.) and Rep. Nanette Barragan (D-Calif.), who spent the night at a port of entry with a group of asylum seekers, Maria Meza and her five children are currently being processed for asylum. The photograph of Meza and her twin daughters running away from tear gas provoked outrage on social media and quickly became a snapshot of the chaos at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Almost two dozen asylum seekers, many of whom were children, waited in the cold for eight hours at the U.S. port of entry.

Gomez and Barragan attempted to gain access to the Otay Mesa Port of Entry on Monday with a group of 15 asylum seekers, including Meza and her children. Officials told them they only had the room to process eight unaccompanied children and the rest would have to go to another port of entry. After eight hours of waiting in the cold, Meza and her five children and the unaccompanied minors were taken in for processing, Gomez said on Twitter.

“After 7hrs, I can now confirm: Maria Meza & her kids — featured in this @Reuters image fleeing tear gas at the border last month — just filed for asylum,” Gomez tweeted. “They’re on American soil. @RepBarragan & I are still here observing conditions on the ground.”

Meza and her children have been allowed into the U.S to make their asylum claims. It’s still unknown whether they have passed their “credible fear” interview. The interview is an initial screening in which asylum seekers must show proof that they would face persecution back in their home countries.

The members of Congress documented the long waits and conditions on Twitter for everyone to see how dire the situation is.

Barragan tweeted that U.S. Customs and Border Protection sent officers in “full riot gear” to surround the group. Images show the group seated peacefully with the members of Congress. Members of her staff were also detained, she said. Shortly after, CBP tweeted that families “without proper documentation and crossing US borders illegally” caused them to “hit capacity.” Barragan said their requests to see the facility at “capacity” were denied as they waited with the group. After 15 hours of waiting with the group, Gomez tweeted that he and Barragán left the border entry and that “most” of the group had been taken in for asylum interviews.

The legal aid group Al Otro Lado, organized the group of 15 asylum seekers, selected for how vulnerable they were waiting in Tijuana for asylum.

Nicole Ramos, a legal attorney for Al Otro Lado, has assisted asylum seekers to present themselves at various ports of entry in Tijuana for years and has noticed for some recent years that U.S. border officials have begun turning them away. She questioned many of the government’s methods in handling the growing backlog of asylum seekers. “It’s not representative of what the government has the financial capacity to do,” Ramos told the San Diego Tribune.

A system called “metering” has limited the number of asylum seekers at U.S. ports of entry each day.

The CBP says its ports of entry have capacity limits and aren’t prepared to process large numbers of migrant families requesting help. Gomez says that “metering” has nothing to do with the number of resources but a way to deter people from seeking asylum. Rising violence throughout Central America has caused thousands to flee to the U.S., many traveling by caravan across Mexico.

This has led to a backlog in asylum seekers that the CBP says has caused “a 121 percent increase in the number of asylum seekers.” Almost 93,000 claims of “credible fear,” the first step in seeking asylum, were processed this past fiscal year, a 67 percent jump from 2017, according to the CBP.

“What we’re seeing is that, basically, they’re making these migrants wait hour after hour and they’re saying that it’s capacity that’s the issue, but we’re seeing that’s not really the issue,” Gomez told Newsweek. “We’re seeing that they’re just deciding to limit the number of people they let in.”


READ: Trump Is Promising A Government Shutdown If He Doesn’t Get His Border Wall Funding

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