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‘Seeking Asylum is Legal’: AOC Calls Out Musk for Unfounded Anti-Immigration Claim

By Jake Beardslee · March 31, 2024

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has fired back at tech mogul Elon Musk for making an unfounded claim about Democrats' immigration stance.  The Royal Society/nrkbeta/Wikimedia

Musk had shared a headline from The Daily Caller suggesting the Biden administration was considering amnesty for undocumented immigrants, captioning it with the assertion that Democrats want to "import voters," in a post on X.  Justin Pacheco/Wikimedia

Ocasio-Cortez responded, "You're literally an immigrant," noting that Musk himself was born in South Africa before moving to Canada and then the United States.  nrkbeta/Wikimedia

She added, "And for everyone saying 'yeah, but legal!!' may I once again remind you that seeking asylum is legal, too."  nrkbeta/Wikimedia

Neither the headline Musk shared nor the accompanying article mentioned anything about "importing voters" as he claimed.  U.S. Air Force / Trevor Cokley/Wikimedia

This wasn't the first clash between the two over immigration.  NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs/Wikimedia

Last September, Musk dismissed Ocasio-Cortez as "just not that smart" after she said more migrants historically entered through Ellis Island than were currently crossing the Rio Grande illegally.  UK Government/Wikimedia

Ocasio-Cortez responded, "I wasn't born rich and became the youngest woman in American history to be elected to Congress...Then I investigated Cohen, authored the largest FEMA funeral assistance program in history and led creation of a US Climate Corps to create tens of thousands of new jobs."  nrkbeta/Wikimedia

Musk recently visited the US-Mexico border with Republican congressman Tony Gonzales.  US House of Representatives/House Creative Services/Wikimedia

During the visit, Musk claimed, "We are in this absurd situation where the vast majority of people are not in fact asylum seekers - you can actually read on Google in any language you want what are the magic words you need to say."  Ministério Das Comunicações/Wikimedia

Ocasio-Cortez critcized Musk and Gonzales, tweeting, "The House is holding important votes in DC tonight, people are scrambling to avoid a shutdown, but this Republican Congressman decided to skip town to joyride with a billionaire when his own party has just a single-digit margin and needs his vote."  nrkbeta/Wikimedia