Socialist Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York opined that birth rates are dropping because of capitalism and more immigration was the only solution to keep the social safety afloat.
Ocasio-Cortez made the claim in a video post on social media.
“You take a look at it, there are, and it’s not just Japan and South Korea, there are quite a few countries that are really struggling because young people under the burdens of capitalism and under living under a society that’s increasingly concentrating wealth among the rich, we’re not having kids, and we’re not having kids at the same rate,” she said.
“And we actually need immigrant populations to help balance things out. We can’t continue to fund Social Security, Medicare, all of this stuff without immigrants and it’s always been that way,” Ocasio-Cortez added. “Don’t act like it’s some new trend or anything like that.”
Ocasio-Cortez has been an outspoken critic of capitalism and advocate for illegal aliens. In 2021, she called on illegal aliens to apply for a child tax credit signed into law by President Joe Biden.
“Any child with a Social Security number is eligible. Do not count yourself because a parent and guardian is undocumented. You just need your individual tax identification number,” said Ocasio-Cortez at the time.
The migrant crisis at the border has worsened under Biden’s watch. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection has reported that more than 2.3 million migrants will have crossed the border for the 2022 fiscal year.
“Failing communist regimes in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba are driving a new wave of migration across the Western Hemisphere, including the recent increase in encounters at the southwest U.S. border,” said Chris Magnus, CBP Commissioner.
He went on to praise Biden for the falling immigration rates among Mexican citizens to the U.S.