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Ocasio-Cortez sends Christmas greeting to 'refugee babies in mangers'

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump strips protections for Tongass forest, opening it to logging | Interior 'propaganda' video and tweets may violate ethics laws, experts say | Democrats see Green New Deal yielding gains despite GOP attacks Ocasio-Cortez says she doesn't plan on 'staying in the House forever' Ocasio-Cortez: 'Trump is the racist visionary, but McConnell gets the job done' MORE (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday linked the Christmas nativity story to the plight of refugees, referencing "refugee babies in mangers" and their parents.

"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 wrote in a Christmas Day tweet.

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Democrats have been highly critical of President TrumpDonald John TrumpHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Police called after Florida moms refuse to wear face masks at school board meeting about mask policy Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline MORE's immigration policies, which aim to limit asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.

In the run-up to the midterm elections, Trump frequently focused his ire on a migrant caravan largely made up of refugees making its way toward the United States, claiming that its members were criminals, terrorists and disease carriers.

Trump is at loggerheads with Democrats over funding for his proposed border wall, an issue that led to a funding lapse for a quarter of the government and a partial shutdown now in its fourth day.

Ocasio-Cortez grabbed the national spotlight when she defeated Rep. Joseph Crowley (N.Y.), a member of the Democratic leadership, in a primary election earlier this year.