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.”
And to these CBP officers saying they felt “threatened” by me –
They were literally discussing making a GoFundMe for an officer who attacked my on my tour.
They confiscated my phone, and they were all armed. I’m 5’4”.
They’re just upset I exposed their inhumane behavior.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 2, 2019
Now I’ve seen the inside of these facilities.
It’s not just the kids. It’s everyone. People drinking out of toilets, officers laughing in front of members Congress.
I brought it up to their superiors. They said “officers are under stress & act out sometimes.” No accountability.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 1, 2019
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.