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Ocasio-Cortez: Latinos Are Descendants of Native Americans, So They Can’t Be Illegals

"It is a right because we are standing on native land, and Latino people are descendants of native people..."

By NTK Staff | 02.07.2019 @10:56am

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said that America needs to allow illegal immigrants, who are Latino, to stay in the country because they are descendants of Native Americans, and the United States is on native lands. She made the remarks during a press conference in which she called for the abolishment of ICE on Thursday.

“We have to have respect for children, respect for families, respect for human rights, and respect for the right of human mobility because it is a right,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “It is a right because we are standing on native land, and Latino people are descendants of native people, and we can not be told and criminalized simply for our identity or our status, period.”

According to the Office of Management and Budget’s 2010 Census Brief:

“Hispanic or Latino” refers to a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race.

While there are certainly Latinos who have Native American ancestry, it might be a stretch for Ocasio-Cortez to suggest that all Latinos have Native American ancestry, as many can trace their heritage to countries like Italy, Germany, Spain, Poland, Portugal, and many African countries.

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