Recently, some employees at furniture and houseware retail giant Wayfair decided to strike after the company refused to stop providing bedroom furniture for a detention facility in Texas which houses detained children illegally in the US.
The decision prompted praise from Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who said “This is what solidarity looks like” while continuing to condemn US officials attempting to enforce immigration laws.
Ocasio-Cortez recently elicited bipartisan outrage and criticism after comparing detention facilities to Nazi-era concentration camps.
Wayfair workers couldn’t stomach they were making beds to cage children.
They asked the company to stop. CEO said no.
Tomorrow, they‘re walking out.
This is what solidarity looks like – a reminder that everyday people have real power, as long as we’re brave enough to use it. https://t.co/667abeLDTG
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 25, 2019
Social media commentary overwhelmingly heaped criticism on Ocasio-Cortez for what many said would only make life worse for children currently detained.
Do they not want kids to even have beds at all?
I’m seriously confused. How is giving them nothing helping?
— Andrew Westmoreland (@drewwest_press) June 25, 2019
That’s great. Once @Wayfair fires them for leaving the job some of those illegals can apply for a job and a work visa. Win-Win
— Dave (@anderdw2) June 25, 2019
So, the children don’t get beds? Who are the workers punishing?
— The Small Investor (@SmallIvy_SI) June 25, 2019
Hi Chairman Mao.
When they need beds, you take the beds away from them.
— Emily Hargan (@EmilyHargan) June 25, 2019
Great now they have to sleep on the ground. Great job making the problem worse. How bout a solution to fix it???
— Tony (@cryptonym_70) June 25, 2019
So they want to make sure the kids do NOT get beds at all. Such wonderful people🧐
— Haley Hull (@HaleyHull18) June 25, 2019
I thought they were sleeping on the floor??? Which is it??
— Robert Ray (@RobertR89261245) June 25, 2019