(CNN/WTVO) — Conservative leaders and the director of ICE are slamming congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, over her statement on migrant detentions centers at the southern border.
This is what she said about them on Instagram live Monday night.
“The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are – they are concentration camps,” Cortez said. “I want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that we should not, that ‘never again’ means something.”
Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement director Mark Morgan told Hill.TV that AOC’s comments were “completely inappropriate, it’s reckless, it’s irresponsible, it’s misinformed, and it’s flat out wrong,” Morgan said, noting that “there is so much oversight in these facilities.”
“I encourage the check and balance, I encourage inspections. I feel very satisfied that if you go to these facilities, whether it’s a border patrol facility or an (Health and Human Services) facility or an ICE facility that there will be safe and adequate conditions to detain individuals,” he added.
Representative Liz Cheney – the number three House Republican – says Ocasio-Cortez demeaned Holocaust victims by comparing the detention centers with concentration camps.
“Please @AOC do us all a favor and spend just a few minutes learning some actual history. 6 million Jews were exterminated in the Holocaust. You demean their memory and disgrace yourself with comments like this,” Cheney said on Twitter.
But the democrat is standing behind her words, saying the term “concentration camp” refers to any mass detention center where civilians are held without trial.
Cortez also noted that the Trump administration’s plan to house 1,400 undocumented migrant children at the Fort Sill, Oklahoma military base is where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II.
According to Time magazine, President Barak Obama also used the base to detain migrants.
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