A set of previously unreleased photos of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at the US/Mexico border have caused a stir online.
The issue of immigration to the United States once again becoming a huge issue following the publication of a shocking photo of a drowned father and daughter from El Salvador in the Rio Grande river.
In light of this, a series of photos have emerged online of Ocasio-Cortez at a child-housing complex in Texas. prior to her successful election in the 2018 New York primary.
They were shared online by Ivan Pierre Aguirre and show a clearly emotional Ocasio-Cortez, moved to tears at the sight of the crisis at hand.
The Houston Chronicle reports that she was part of a group of protesters at the facility, which occurred whilst she was still campaigning to become a congresswoman.
The 29-year-old would later retweet the images, adding that she would 'never forget' visiting the location as it was the moment she realised 'that the America I love was becoming a nation that steals refugee children from their parents and caged them.'
Initially, people responded with sympathy and said that the photos were moving.
However, the majority of the tweets in response to the images came from members of the American right wing who have been quick to claim that the photos are staged and that the Congresswoman was 'performing.'
However, it should be pointed out that aside from that single retweet, those photos were not shared by Ocasio-Cortez.
In response to the criticism a spokesperson for the freshman lawmaker told The Hill:
I cannot control what kind of right-wing garbage shows up on the bottom of the posts.
[Claims that the photos are faked are] in no way related to reality or truth.
Ocasio-Cortez has come under fire in recent days after she compared migrant detention centres to Holocaust concentration camps.
HT Daily Dot