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Ocasio-Cortez slams Kimberly Guilfoyle over immigration claims

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezA proposal to tackle congressional inside trading: Invest in the US Biden angers Democrats by keeping Trump-era refugee cap Omar: 'Shameful' Biden reneging on refugee promise MORE (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday panned Kimberly GuilfoyleKimberly GuilfoyleTrump Jr., Kimberly Guilfoyle buy M house near Mar-a-Lago The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Third approved vaccine distributed to Americans Noem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech MORE, the Republican National Convention speaker who on Monday implied her Puerto Rican mother was an immigrant.

"The woman the GOP picked as their 'proud' Latina to tout 'immigrant experience' didn’t seem to know that Puerto Rico is already part of the United States," Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter.

In her speech Monday, Guilfoyle called herself a first-generation American, referencing her parents' places of origin.

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"My mother Mercedes was a special education teacher from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. My father, also an immigrant, came to this nation in pursuit of the American dream," said Guilfoyle.

The comment was poorly received among many Puerto Ricans and mainland residents of Puerto Rican origin, as the territory's inhabitants are U.S. citizens.

Puerto Rico became a U.S. territory after the 1898 Spanish-American War; its residents have been U.S. citizens since 1917.

Guilfoyle, a fervent supporter of President TrumpDonald TrumpFreedom Caucus member condemns GOP group pushing 'Anglo-Saxon political traditions' MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's new free speech site to ban certain curse words Secret Facebook groups of special operations officers include racist comments, QAnon posts: report MORE who is Donald Trump Jr.'s girlfriend, delivered an impassioned speech, taking swipes at Democrats and attacking California, where she once worked as a prosecutor.

Sergio Gor, chief of staff for the Trump Victory Finance Committee, responded to Ocasio-Cortez's remarks by saying: “Along with millions of other immigrants, Kimberly’s father immigrated to the United States. She is a proud daughter of an immigrant, and is the epitome of the American Dream."

Ocasio-Cortez said Guilfoyle's comments are reflective of a misperception of Hispanic Americans among supporters of President Trump.

"It’s quite on message, bc it reflects their belief that Latinos aren’t real citizens, even when we are Native descendants," said Ocasio-Cortez.

Updated at 4:20 p.m.