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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., linked the increase in flights in New York to the expiration of the child tax credit at the end of the year, according to an interview published Monday.
Ocasio-Cortez, who recently made waves when she predicted a Democratic takeover of Texas, sat down for a wide-ranging interview with The New Yorker and the subject turned to crime in New York.
The representative said she had hired “hospitals, doctors and social workers” and was told that the rise in violence was driven by young people, mainly young men.
“And we allow the speech to feel like it’s, like, these shady figures in the bush jumping out of a corner. They’re young men. They’re boys. We’re also not discussing the crisis of mental health that we are experiencing as a country due to the pandemic,” she said.
The rep’s office did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News.
She pointed out that the child tax credit, which was seen as a lifeline for many families, expired on December 31 “and now people are stealing formula.”
The monthly tax credits were part of President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package. Biden had offered to extend them for another full year as part of a separate measure focused on economic and social programs, but Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin opposed extending the credit, fearing the money would discourages people from working and that any additional federal spending would fuel inflation that has already peaked in nearly 40 years.
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“We don’t want to have this discussion. We want to say these people are criminals or we want to talk about ‘violent people’ instead of ‘violent environments’ and what we do to contribute to that or dismantle that. “
On the day the interview was published, an Asian-American woman in New York’s Chinatown was stabbed to death in her apartment after police said she was followed inside by a homeless man , reported the New York Post.
The Associated Press contributed to this report