“The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are,” Ocasio-Cortez said late Monday during an Instagram Live video, as IJR Red reported. “[…] A presidency that creates concentration camps is fascist, and it’s very difficult to say that.”
Her remarks come at a time when the Trump administration plans to house undocumented migrant children at Fort Sill in Oklahoma, which was a Japanese American internment camp that was turned into a military base — the same base once used by the Obama administration for the same purpose.
Watch her full comments below:
Ocasio-Cortez falsely claims Trump is operating concentration camps, compares the situation to the Holocaust: “The U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border and that is exactly what they are. … ‘Never Again’ means something … we need to do something about it” pic.twitter.com/F2MmZ8y2dT
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 18, 2019
Crenshaw — who previously told IJR that it all boils down to understanding “sovereignty” when it comes to fixing U.S. immigration laws — blasted Ocasio-Cortez for having “total disregard for our sovereignty & a deep ignorance that belittles the horrors of the Holocaust.”
Crenshaw also responded to Ocasio-Cortez after she defined concentration camps as “the mass detention of civilians without trial”:
Clearly I need to explain that, in concentration camps, people are unjustly sought out and confined. This isn’t what is happening at the border. Migrants are illegally crossing our border. Most are asylum seekers, thus pending trial, so your expert definition doesn’t apply.
Your comments reveal total disregard for our sovereignty & a deep ignorance that belittles the horrors of the Holocaust.
If you’re worried about conditions at the border, why don’t you do something about it & support @RepMikeRogersAL’s bill securing billions in humanitarian aid?
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) June 18, 2019
The “concentration camps” comment is only the latest comment Ocasio-Cortez made in seemingly comparing an issue to Nazi Germany, as she previously compared climate change plans to Nazi Germany.
As for the southern border, Crenshaw pressed Ocasio-Cortez to “do something” about the crisis at the border by helping to secure a large sum for humanitarian aid, which echoes other Republican lawmakers who called her out for “not lifting a finger to solve the problem.”
As IJR Red noted, the chief Border Patrol agent of the El Paso sector, Aaron Hull, recently warned that every day that the “ever-increasing flow” of migrants at the U.S. southern border continues, “every day our border security threats increase.”