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Furious protestors screaming “close the border” heckled Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Jerry Nadler and other Democrats Friday as they were holding a press conference on the Big Apple’s escalating migrant crisis.
The New York pols were drowned out by the angry screams outside the Roosevelt Hotel mega shelter in Midtown Friday morning.
“Send them back,” one man shouted as the chaotic scenes unfolded outside the city’s main migrant intake site.
“Close the border, close the border. Respect the constitution AOC. I am your constituent,” a male protestor cried out.
At one point, a security guard grabbed a yelling protestor and shoved him behind a barricade.
The protestors — brandishing “Americans first: Vetted & legal migrants only” signs that — descended on the hotel at East 45th Street as the lawmakers were addressing the city’s asylum-seeking crisis.
AOC and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus had just toured the emergency shelter when the chaos erupted.
“What we seek to do is to make sure that all the resources are necessary and that we are joining with the city and state,” Ocasio-Cortez said before a mega-phone wielding man started shouting over the top of her, according to Fox News.
“Illegal immigration is not right! Respect the constitution, close the border,” he screamed.
Ocasio-Cortez tried to continue, firing off solutions to the worsening humanitarian crisis.
“I think that there are three points of consensus here that are very important in getting a solution to that issue. The first is that there is there is consensus here across geographies and state on increased federal resources to cities and municipalities dealing with this issue,” she said.
“The second is to allow for work authorizations so that folks in here can get to work and start supporting themselves as soon as possible. They are prevented from getting jobs. They are prevented from employment and that is part of the strain on our public systems. The faster that folks can access the work that they’re asking for, legally, the better we can solve.”
This is a developing story, check back for updates.