Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Twists Christmas Story to Make Jesus an Immigration Talking Point
On Christmas Day, Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) repeated the old liberal canard that because Jesus was a refugee, attempts to secure the U.S. border and limit illegal immigration are anti-Christmas. While Jesus was a refugee, Christmas has nothing to do with immigration policy. Furthermore, the very baby-killing event Jesus was fleeing has a tragic echo in abortion clinics today.
"Joy to the World! Merry Christmas everyone - here’s to a holiday filled with happiness, family, and love for all people (Including refugee babies in mangers + their parents.)," socialist darling Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
The self-declared democratic socialist went on to share an article from Jesuit activist Fr. James Martin arguing that Jesus was indeed a refugee. She claimed this argument was "for all the anti-immigrant pundits uncomfortable with and denying that Christ’s family were refugees, too."
As if that weren't enough, Ocasio-Cortez went on to tweet an icon presenting an Hispanic family of refugees with the haloes of saints — suggesting that Jesus, Mary, and Joseph should be seen as Hispanic refugees.
"True love is radical because it requires us to see ourselves in all people," the democratic socialist tweeted. "Otherwise, it isn’t love. Love is revolutionary because it has us treat ALL people as we would ourselves - not because we are charitable, but because we are one. That is love’s radical conclusion."
This democratic socialist isn't convincing people to "see ourselves in all people," but to see Jesus Christ in Hispanic refugees. Christians should indeed love and serve all people, especially the less fortunate. That does not directly translate into public policy, however.
Ironically, the icon will likely infuriate many Hispanics — especially strong Roman Catholics. The image suggests that Hispanic refugees from other countries are saints (that's what the haloes mean) merely because they're fleeing from horrific circumstances.
So, why is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pushing this narrative?
As James Martin wrote, the Holy Family (Jesus, Mary, and Joseph) were indeed refugees. The three wise men followed the star to Bethlehem, and met with King Herod. They told Herod that a king had been born, and Herod asked them to lead him to Jesus, intending to kill the baby.