Two freshman Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) are criticizing officials for the situation at the southern border in regards to lack of room at detention facilities, but they might be forgetting Democrats wanted fewer detention beds.
Self-described democratic socialist Ocasio-Cortez, a frequent critic of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, tweeted in response to The Washington Post’s Nick Miroff’s image of hundreds of immigrants at the El Paso sector detained in a parking lot “because there is no room for them inside, or anywhere else.”
— Nick Miroff (@NickMiroff) March 27, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez claimed the photo is a “mirror” to what America is, adding that she “cannot and will not accept it.”
Look at this picture.
When you’re looking at this photo, you’re looking at a mirror. This is America. This is Texas. This is our the course of action, the one we chose.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 28, 2019
Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra, however, noticed Ocasio-Cortez griping about the lack of space at the detention facilities and quickly pointed out federal agencies asked for several thousands more detention beds than Democrats ended up giving them.
Ocasio-Cortez complains about there not being enough room for illegal aliens at detention facilities used by federal officials
Federal agencies requested 52,000 detention beds per day in the recent omnibus bill
AOC and the Democrats only gave them 45,274 detention beds https://t.co/xkq5OlNDWK
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) March 28, 2019
The recent federal spending bill included around 45,274 detentions beds, falling short of the 52,000 detention beds requested by Trump’s administration, CNN reported, and intends to reduce to 40,520 detention beds by the end of September.
At the time of the bill’s passage, several Republican lawmakers blasted Democrats and accused them of providing fewer detention beds “so that we can’t hold as many people who break the law. We would have to release them,” as Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Tex.) wrote.
Latest in stalled border security negotiation:
Dems want less detention beds so that we can’t hold as many people who break the law. We would have to release them.
They actually want to make it harder for DHS to enforce the laws that Congress wrote.
This is terrible policy.
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) February 10, 2019
Democrats now want a hard cap on the number of beds at ICE detention facilities. How is that a serious or defensible position? They are openly trying to hamstring law enforcement and make it easier for thousands of migrants (some with criminal records) to be released into the US.
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) February 11, 2019
Omar, who is a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, called the image of immigrants at the southern border “abhorrent and inhumane,” and then blamed it on “white nationalism.”
This is abhorrent and inhumane.
It's without a doubt a reflection of what white nationalism is doing to our country. As a country, we have to acknowledge that this is how people are being treated here and decide that we are better and we must do better. https://t.co/5YNAJFNZo7
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 28, 2019
She was also called out for her remark:
Pardon, but I believe it was the Democrats who just intentionally decreased the number of beds at immigration detention centers. But sure, blame "white nationalism," whatever that's supposed to mean. https://t.co/m7yWLklmrV
— Brittany Hughes (@RealBrittHughes) March 28, 2019
How about more detention facilities and an end to asylum processing policies that encourage migrants to leverage children to cross the border?
Or just make up nonsense about “white nationalism”. Seems like totally coherent policy. https://t.co/tKSCDjjqhL
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) March 29, 2019
There is, in fact, a situation at the U.S.-Mexico border, as U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner in El Paso, Kevin McAleenan, declared on Wednesday the “breaking point has arrived this week.”
McAleenan told the Post’s Miroff the CBP is “reluctantly” releasing immigrants into the U.S., which he called a negative outcome but said it is “the only current option we have” due to the overflow of dentition facilities leading to immigrants flooding to the southern border because immigrants know they’ll get onto U.S. soil with asylum claims.
“CBP is facing an unprecedented humanitarian and border security crisis all along our southwest border, and nowhere has that crisis manifested more acutely than here in El Paso,” he said.
The number is continuing to grow of immigrants trying to cross into the U.S. illegally, hitting a record high of 3,700 people apprehended on Monday — the largest number in a single day in over ten years, as IJR Red reported.
It is worth noting, this all seems to contradict 2020 Democratic hopeful and Beto O’Rourke’s (D-Tex.) continual cry that “we do not need any walls” because he doesn’t believe there’s a problem at the southern border.