Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a prominent figure within the far-left wing of the Democratic Party, is saying that Americans should be prepared to welcome Palestinians into their communities.
In a CNN interview, Ocasio-Cortez was asked about whether Middle Eastern Arab nations should consider opening their borders to Palestinians instead of the United States.
In her reply, Ocasio-Cortez indicated her willingness to back the idea of Arab countries accepting Palestinians. However, she also emphasized the importance of Americans being open to refugee resettlement.
The exchange went as follows:
CNN ANCHOR: Should Arab countries be taking on the lion’s share of the burden to absorb what could be over a million, if not more, refugees from Gaza?
OCASIO-CORTEZ: I think there’s something to be said about the region’s partners being able to support and step up for Palestinians. However, that does not abdicate the United States from our historic role that we’ve played in the world of accepting refugees and allowing people to restart their lives here.
Ocasio-Cortez is one of just two Democrat lawmakers who have suggested the U.S. must resettle Palestinians in American communities.
Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) told the New York Post last week that the U.S. ought to ‘welcome’ Palestinians.
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