Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tore into President Joe Biden’s administration’s handling of the southern border crisis, calling conditions ‘barbaric’ and ‘inhumane’ during a town hall Wednesday evening.
“As we’ve seen there are arrivals and undocumented children – rather unaccompanied children that have come at the border and this had lead to completely inhuman and unacceptable, horrifying conditions of children in CBP [Customs and Border Protection] custody. And it’s unacceptable and it’s horrifying,” AOC told constituents during the virtual event.
She also said the migrant families separated at the border during Trump’s presidency are ‘owed reparations Period.’
“I’ve been in contact with the Biden Administration personally. What is different is they’re trying to figure out,”
“How to find the resources to end his problem.
“I don’t want to excuse any of this,” she said of Biden’s policies. “We should be doing better by now.”
“They wanna say, ‘But what about the surge? Well, first of all, just gut check, stop. Anyone who’s using the term ‘surge’ around you consciously is trying to invoke a militaristic frame,” AOC said.
“And that’s a problem because this is not a surge, these are children and they are not insurgents and we are not being invaded, which by the way is a white supremacist idea-philosophy, the idea that if another is coming in the population that this is an invasion of who we are,” AOC said.
From The Daily Mail:
In Biden’s first few month’s in office, the U.S. has seen the highest-ever numbers of illegal border crossers at the U.S.-Mexico border – particularly when it comes to unaccompanied minor migrants.
Biden put Vice President Kamala Harris in charge of the administration’s efforts to address the problem, as the White House still refuses to call it a ‘crisis.’
Harris, however, has still not visited the southern border or the overflowing facilities as senior officials have walked back on her role, claiming she is more focused on addressing ‘root causes’ in migrants’ home countries.
‘The fact that this keeps happening is a political failure of both parties,’ Ocasio-Cortez said during a question-and-answer portion of her town hall.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers unveiled a bill Tuesday that would create a $1 billion emergency fund for border crises, but the proposal requires the Department of Homeland Security to decide on specific metrics that would unlock the money.
The bill, proposed by Homeland Security Committee ranking member John Katko and border district Democrat Henry Cuellar, would prevent DHS from having to reallocate its own funds for food, transportation or clothing during migrant surges.