Democratic congressman’s modest proposal: reparations for illegal aliens

Democratic congressman’s modest proposal: reparations for illegal aliens
Joe Crowley; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. (Campaigns, Twitter)

If you know the name Joe Crowley, it may be because the veteran Democrat, who has represented New York’s 14th congressional district since 2013, lost his seat in a June primary to much-in-the-news Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. What made the upset newsworthy is that Ocasio-Cortez is a card-carrying Democratic Socialist.

Judging from a proposal Crowley made on Capitol Hill this week, Ocasio-Cortez does not have a monopoly on radical thought. In his opening remarks at a press conference, a video of which follows, he recommended that families that have separated at the border “be compensated for what this administration did to them.”

One might reasonably argue that these aliens own total responsibility for what has happened to them by attempting to cross our sovereign border illegally.

But let’s back up for a minute and take a closer look at Crowley’s proposal. He is essentially seeking reparations for these people!

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The last group in America to receive reparations from the federal government was the more than 100,000 people of Japanese extraction who were incarcerated in internment camps during World War II, following an executive order to that effect by Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1988, Pres. President Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act, which awarded $20,000 in cash to each surviving victim, along with an apology.

What made the wholesale imprisonment of these people so reprehensible is the fact that many were American citizens, a fair percentage of them born here. It is precisely the fact that none of the people intercepted on our southern border are that makes Crowley’s proposal so outrageous.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.