Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) called immigration the Biden administration's weakest issue following ongoing concerns by Republicans over the southern border.
Ocasio-Cortez shared the concerns on Wednesday when asked to grade President Joe Biden's response to the border crisis.
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"Immigration is arguably this administration’s weakest issue," Ocasio-Cortez said.
"This is one area where our policy is dictated by politics, arguably more so than almost any other. There are very clear recommendations and suggestions that we have made to the administration to provide relief on this issue, and it’s my belief that some of the hesitation around this has to do with a fear around just being seen as approving or providing permission structures, or really just the Republican narratives that have surrounded immigration," she added.
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The congresswoman also dodged questions over why she has not personally visited the border since Biden has been in office.
"Well, this is something that we’re actively planning on. What I have done is tours of our New York-area facilities," Ocasio-Cortez said in response to the question.
"Right now, this crisis is in our own backyard, and we have toured the Roosevelt Hotel, and I think it’s been very important for us to — especially to my constituents, who are demanding accountability on this — to look at that front line that is right here in New York City," she added.
The congresswoman visited the border during the Trump administration, famously arguing against "kids in cages" without evidence.
The immigration issue has become much more concerning under the Biden administration as record numbers of migrants have crossed the border, with over 1.6 million gotaways and cities like New York City becoming overwhelmed with migrants.
The admission was a big one for the congresswoman, showing how bad the situation has become for Biden as he seeks reelection.