Former Border Patrol Chief Slams AOC’s Criticism of CBP, Reiterates That Agents Are ‘Overwhelmed’

A former U.S. Border Patrol Chief is swiping back at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) after she took a swing at U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents.

Ocasio-Cortez’s trip to the southern border, where she toured a migrant holding center, on Monday ended up creating conflict, as the freshman Congresswoman allegedly screamed at Border Patrol agents “in a threatening manner,” according to a report from The Washington Examiner.

The controversial representative, however, delivered a response to her trip, claiming migrants were “drinking out of toilets.”

Responding on “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday, former U.S. Border Patrol Chief Ron Vitiello dismissed Ocasio-Cortez’s claims that immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border are being given toilet water, saying, “That’s not how these facilities are designed. That’s not what our people are trained to do.”

Vitiello noted that the detention facilities are regulated “very highly” by border agents.

As the law enforcement continues to see an increase in apprehensions of illegal immigrants at the southern border, Vitiello claimed they were “being overwhelmed.”

Congressional Republicans and Democrats butt heads on supplemental border aid funding after passing a Senate bill last week, a situation that caused delays and backlogs at the border according to Vitiello.

The House “reluctantly” passed the Senate bill last Thursday to provide $4.6 billion of border aid to address the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border, as IJR News previously reported.

Vitiello noted that the additional funds will temporarily help relieve the burden placed on border facilities, but he urged Congress to take action to close asylum loopholes.

“If Congress doesn’t act and close these loopholes, we’re going to be back in the same place this time next year,” he added.

In the month of May, there were over 144,000 apprehensions of migrants at the southern border, a 32% increase from the month prior.

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“We don’t treat people that way,” Border Patrol chief Brian Hastings also reacted to Ocasio-Cortez’s criticism of CBP agents, claiming migrants are provided fresh drinking water at the facilities.


  1. Poor, pathetic, dimwitted AOC. She’s delighted to complain about conditions for detainees, yet opposed more funding for them. She even supported Mayfair’s decision to NOT make beds for the children.

    I wish she and her Lefist congressional ilk would either fix the problem or shut their faces. They ARE legislators and can do something, anything.

    1. Do NOT look for the Dimwit Party to do anything about the immigration problem (IF they determine it IS a problem) until AFTER Trump completes his second term. They are the Socialist Obstructionist Brigade sometimes referred to as the SOBs.

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