Democrat congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez extended her greetings for Christmas in a Twitter message, reminding her followers that Jesus Christ was also a refugee when he was a baby.
“Joy to the World!” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “Merry Christmas everyone – here’s to a holiday filled with happiness, family, and love for all people. (Including refugee babies in mangers + their parents.)” she added.
According to Newsweek, Ocasio-Cortez used the term “mangers” as a direct reference to the story of the birth of Jesus Christ as written in the Bible, celebrated on December 25 by western Christians. In the book of Luke of the New Testament, Mary and Joseph, the parents of Jesus, were forced to spend the night in a stable as they were unable to find a place to stay in Bethlehem. Mary then gave birth to Jesus and laid him in a “manger” – a feeding trough for the animals.
“We have witnessed refugees dodge tear gas while running with children holding their hands. We have seen them detained, we have seen children separated from their parents, then placed in facilities that are more like prison camps and that are unsuitable for children,” political analyst Mary Anne Marsh wrote.
CNN host Joe Scarborough made a similar point in a Christmas Twitter post as well.
“Merry Christmas and prayers also for those beautiful and beloved children still incarcerated along America’s border,” Scarborough wrote.
“May Congress and the American people demand their return to broken-hearted parents,” he added. “What would Jesus do? Just that. We must do better in 2019.”