Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) went after the term "surge" in relation to an influx of illegal immigrants crossing the U.S. border, saying that the word invoked a "militaristic frame."
"They wanna say, 'But what about the surge?'" Ocasio-Cortez said on Tuesday night during an Instagram Live session. "Well, first of all, just gut check, stop. Anyone who's using the term 'surge' around you consciously is trying to invoke a militaristic frame.
"And that's a problem because this is not a surge, these are children and they are not insurgents and we are not being invaded, which by the way is a White supremacist idea-philosophy, the idea that if another is coming in the population that this is an invasion of who we are."
The U.S. has seen an influx of illegal immigrants crossing the southern border, particular unaccompanied minors, in recent weeks.