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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez takes her immigration fight with Trump directly to the White House

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took her immigration reform plea directly to the White House on Tuesday morning, joining a group of migrants asking the U.S. government to grant them amnesty.

The migrants fled their home countries after disasters on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) orders that allowed them to relocate to the United States. 

A lawsuit filed on their behalf this week includes 15,000 migrants affected by a 2015 earthquake in Nepal and 86,000 Hondurans who were displaced by a 1998 hurricane.

They want U.S. lawmakers to make them ‘permanent’ residents as part of an immigration overhaul.

‘We are fighting for the longstanding principle, and the longstanding that the people who built this country, stay in this country,’ Ocasio-Cortez told the group protesting outside the Whie House amid light rain. 

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took her immigration reform plea directly to the White House on Tuesday afternoon, joining a group of migrants asking the U.S. government to grant them amnesty

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took her immigration reform plea directly to the White House on Tuesday afternoon, joining a group of migrants asking the U.S. government to grant them amnesty

'We are fighting for the longstanding principle, and the longstanding that the people who built this country, stay in this country,' Ocasio-Cortez told the group amid light rain

‘We are fighting for the longstanding principle, and the longstanding that the people who built this country, stay in this country,’ Ocasio-Cortez told the group amid light rain

Demonstrators participate in the March For TPS Justice as they rally in support of DACA recipients and temporary protected status holders during a protest for permanent residency outside the White House

Demonstrators participate in the March For TPS Justice as they rally in support of DACA recipients and temporary protected status holders during a protest for permanent residency outside the White House

Ocasio-Cortez talks to  immigration rights activists during the rally outside the White House

Ocasio-Cortez talks to immigration rights activists during the rally outside the White House

Demonstrators participate in the March For TPS Justice as they rally in support of DACA recipients and temporary protected status holders during a protest for permanent residency outside the White House

Demonstrators participate in the March For TPS Justice as they rally in support of DACA recipients and temporary protected status holders during a protest for permanent residency outside the White House

To cheering, the congresswoman from New York said, ‘And we are part of the long, long fight for the people whose hands built this country be honored and respected in the United States of America.’

She alternated between English and Spanish for the remarks that lasted approximately three minutes, according to a video captured by a reporter for the Washington Examiner.

‘We need to make sure that we as a nation honor our promises, and that is what this is all about. From Nepal to Honduras,’ she said.’ We have made a promise to say that the United States will be a safe haven.’

From disasters to war, Ocasio-Cortez argued that the U.S. has promised to be a ‘lantern’ for refugees around the world. 

‘We are a nation that turns peril into promise. We are a nation that builds from many. And we have to protect our basic character as a nation to be that,’ she said.

The Democratic congresswoman explicitly called for immigrants to become ‘permanent’ members of American society.

To cheering, the congresswoman from New York said, 'And we are part of the long, long fight for the people whose hands built this country be honored and respected in the United States of America'

To cheering, the congresswoman from New York said, ‘And we are part of the long, long fight for the people whose hands built this country be honored and respected in the United States of America’

President Trump included a three-year extension of the TPS recipients’ status in a deal last month Democrats rejected. 

The opposing party said that the timeframe wasn’t long enough. They believe the migrants, and illegal immigrants who were brought to the nation in their youth, should be able to remain in the U.S. indefinitely and have the ability to become citizens. 

Negotiators are on the brink of revealing another deal that does not resolve the TPS holders’ situation. The spending deal addresses a dispute over detention beds and Trump’s border barrier but doesn’t go much deeper than that.

The National TPS Alliance organized the protest outside the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue that Ocasio-Cortez showed up to before it was clear what was in the deal.

A media advisory said the purpose of the rally was to send a message to President Trump and the new Congress. A second event is taking place on Capitol Hill later on Tuesday. 



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