Most people would agree that, in the grand scheme of things, dispensing accurate and precise figures matters little if your worldview is essentially immoral. Indeed, two people with opposing political philosophies can look at the same empirical information and argue that it “really” supports their contention.

Take, for example, the debate over illegal immigration. While conservatives tend to think the crimes illegal aliens commit warrant a far more active border security policy, liberals assert the opposite. Both sides generally recognize that illegally present foreign citizens commit fewer crimes (including homicides) than native-born Americans.

Yet conservatives also point out that illegal aliens commit more crimes than do those with legal residency. And even if just one American is killed by an illegal immigrant, it is worth taking action because the murderer “was not supposed to be here.”

For folks like Ocasio-Cortez, however, the moral imperative to help impoverished foreigners outweighs the risk of admitting criminals.