Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez discussed the way President Joe Biden handled the southern border crisis, calling the conditions “ barbaric ” and “ inhumane ” at a town hall Wednesday night.
As we have seen, there are arrivals and undocumented children – previously unaccompanied children who have made it to the border and this had led to completely inhumane and unacceptable, horrific conditions of children in CBP. [Customs and Border Protection] detention. And it’s unacceptable and it’s gruesome, ”the New York representative told voters at the virtual event.
AOC did not go so far as to blame Biden for the crisis, claiming that the president is working to fix the problem and instead blaming US foreign policy for exacerbating bad situations in Central American countries from which migrants are fleeing.
‘I have had personal contact with Biden’s administration. What’s different is they’re trying to find out, ”she said. “How to find the means to end his problem.”
She also claimed that families who were divorced from Trump during the presidency are “ due to pay reparations. ”
“I don’t want to be an excuse for this,” she said of Biden’s policy. “We should do better now.”
The congressman’s comments came the day after she was beaten for telling supporters during a lengthy Instagram live Tuesday night to stop calling the record number of migrants arriving at the border a “ wave, ” while she insisted it isn’t. .
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said on Wednesday that conditions at border facilities under President Joe Biden are “ horrific, ” “ barbaric, ” and “ unacceptable. ”
Speaking at a virtual town hall Wednesday night, she said massive unaccompanied minor arrivals “ have resulted in completely inhumane and unacceptable, horrific conditions for children in CBP custody. And it’s unacceptable and it’s horrifying ‘
Dental and care facilities on the southern border are overcrowded – some with a capacity of over 1,700%
She said that using that language places the crisis in a “militaristic framework.”
‘They want to say,’ But what about the wave? Well, first of all, just check your belly, stop. Anyone who knowingly uses the term ‘wave’ around you is trying to evoke a militaristic framework, ‘AOC claimed.
And that’s a problem because this is not a wave, these are children and they are not insurgents and we are not being invaded, which by the way is a white supremacist idea philosophy, the idea that if there is another in the population that this is an invasion of who we are, ”the congressman said.
Critics have called the comments ‘peak AOC’ and made fun of her for not knowing the difference between the word ‘wave’ and ‘insurgent’.
The criticism came after AOC told its Instagram on Tuesday that using the word ‘surge’ to describe the border crisis is incorrect and puts it in a ‘militaristic framework’ – despite the number of illegal crossings hitting record numbers under Biden.
Critics claimed that AOC confused the meaning of the word ‘wave’ and ‘insurgent’
From Tuesday to Wednesday, Guatemala migrants cross into the US from the Rio Grande
In the first few months of Biden in office, the US has seen the highest number of illegal border crossings ever at the US-Mexico border, especially when it comes to unaccompanied minor migrants.
Biden put Vice President Kamala Harris in charge of the government’s efforts to address the problem, as the White House still refuses to call it a “ crisis. ”
Harris has still not visited the southern border or the overcrowded facilities, however, as senior officials have walked back on her role, claiming she is more focused on addressing ‘root causes’ in migrants’ home countries.
“That this keeps happening is a political failure on both sides,” Ocasio-Cortez said during a question-and-answer section of her town hall.
AOC’s criticism of the border situation came after she was accused of giving Biden a pass during her Instagram video on Tuesday, but former President Donald Trump excused his border and immigration policies that also resulted in problems at detention and detention facilities.
In 2019, Ocasio-Cortez visited facilities on the border and said the conditions under Trump were like “ concentration camps. ”
Biden’s border crisis is many times Trump’s.
The number of unaccompanied minors arriving at the border is also at an all-time high, with children tucked into small pods in facilities where they sleep on the floor
Facilities were overcrowded, some with a maximum capacity of nearly 2,000%, and Customs and Border Protection forecasts last month showed numbers expected to hit a record 26,000 in September, more than double the record crossings under the previous administration.
About 16,000 minors crossed the southern border in March, a record high.
The influx of children creates a bottleneck at shelters as agencies along the border try to provide additional accommodation with improvised facilities.
According to CBP data, 5,767 children were detained by customs and border guards on Sunday, compared to 5,495 children on Thursday. In June 2019, when Donald Trump was president, the highest number of unaccompanied minors in custody was about 2,600, according to CBP data.
In addition, there are 11,886 children under the care of Health and Human Services.
Combining the figures from HHS and CBP, Biden’s administration has more than 17,500 children in custody.
Biden’s government also faced claims of transparency issues for weeks after they refused to allow journalists in detention centers to report and capture images of the conditions.
On Tuesday, Biden finally admitted journalists into his main border detention center for migrant children.
The tour revealed a seriously overcrowded tent structure in Donna, Texas, where more than 4,000 migrants – children and family united – are crammed into pods.
The youngest are kept in a large, colorful playpen with mats on the floor for sleeping, as the facility is flooded by over 1,700% of its capacity and the dormitories are full.
Border guards say 14% – about one in seven – of migrant children have tested positive for COVID, while photos also show detainees being treated for lice for fear of an outbreak.