AOC, Omar Complain About Lack of Room at Migrant Detention Facilities — Even Though Dems Wanted Fewer Beds

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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.”

Ocasio-Cortez claimed the photo is a “mirror” to what America is, adding that she “cannot and will not accept it.”

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.

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.

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.”

She was also called out for her remark:

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.

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Melvin Ray Johns
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Well, I’m confused. I thought the argument was that there is no crisis at the border. That it was all being made up! But now its suddenly in crisis mode. You do know that to avert a crisis, you try to act on it before it becomes a crisis!

Phyllis Softa
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It is disappointing that Dan Crenshaw, who initially portrayed himself as a no-nonsense candidate now has either not read the immigration law or has chosen to join the path of misleading the public. Requesting asylum is not an illegal act. Many remember Cuban refugees—we never called them law breakers. Meadows campaigned on his ignorance. Trump campaigned on his arrogance of ignorance. No one is surprised at them. Crenshaw did not deliver as he campaigned. Disappointing.

Screwtape
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1. calling them “immigrants” is a lie. They are CRIMINAL ALIENS.
2. who cares how many beds, how much food, and medical care they receive AT OUR EXPENSE. immediately ship them back, use them as experimental animals, or kill them.

Can you imagine the savings and effectiveness once word gets out that illegal crossing gets death or worse?

There exist legal means of immigration and ports of entry. Use them or die

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