After a group of lawyers that visited one of the detention centers housing migrant children called the conditions inhumane, the public called for action from the federal government. Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York joined a congressional delegation and visited the same facility in Clint, Texas to see conditions firsthand.
What they reported back was not good.
Representative Ocasio-Cortez tweeted:
"Just left the 1st CBP facility."
"I see why CBP officers were being so physically &sexually threatening towards me [in a social media group for CBP employees]."
"Officers were keeping women in cells w/ no water & had told them to drink out of the toilets."
"This was them on their GOOD behavior in front of members of Congress."
Just left the 1st CBP facility. I see why CBP officers were being so physically &sexually threatening towards me.… https://t.co/nNHJgoLLC5— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1562005970.0
After the congressional delegation spoke about what they saw, Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway went on Fox and Friends to accuse the Congresswoman of lying.
"Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez going down to one of these facilities and making this outrageous claim that a woman’s drinking from a toilet, which everybody who has control over that facility, or control for the border patrol has said that’s not true, they’ve not heard of this."
Watch Conway's Fox and Friends appearance here.
But AOC fired back against the woman who once claimed lies were just "alternative facts."
How many migrant women has Kellyanne Conway touched? Hugged? Sat on a concrete floor with? Actually listened to? T… https://t.co/HD78Zfufoc— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1562084330.0
Democratic Representative Judy Chu of California backed AOC's claims, including Customs and Border Protection officers telling a woman who asked for water to drink from a toilet.
"If you want water, just drink from a toilet." That's what border patrol told one thirsty woman we met on today's… https://t.co/SOgpCzwSBp— Judy Chu (@Judy Chu)1562010095.0
Another woman detained by CBP has epilepsy but cannot even get the medication she needs. The humanitarian crisis is… https://t.co/sdItEkQdnR— Judy Chu (@Judy Chu)1562010647.0
‘What we saw today was unconscionable.’ — @AOC spoke out against migrant detention camps after witnessing them firs… https://t.co/S6MvEziffe— NowThis (@NowThis)1562020260.0
Multiple members of the congressional delegation stated CBP officers were openly disrespectful.
I can’t understate how disturbing it was that CBP officers were openly disrespectful of the Congressional tour. If… https://t.co/cXuPu0UVhz— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1562075190.0
When you pair: - 9,500 current + former CBP officers are part of a violently racist & sexually violent secret Faceb… https://t.co/0MY5WEY6Ut— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1562075439.0
Something that got little attention yesterday: In its mild and belated condemnation of its members’ social media p… https://t.co/1t7RLGX5rg— Adam Klasfeld (@Adam Klasfeld)1562075771.0
And now CBP is pushing easily disprovable lies about members of Congress. Truly nuts. And to think this week the G… https://t.co/bNXm2Yl4BY— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1562076090.0
AOC also pointed out that some of the children are Indigenous to the Americas, descended from peoples who lived in South, Central and North America for tens of thousands of years.
It is important to note that many of these children speak indigenous languages. Some I met were budding trilingual… https://t.co/mFIBRErenL— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1562078976.0
People had issues with Conway calling anyone else a liar.
@AOC Imagine that. #KellyanneConway calling ANYBODY a liar. What kind of pickle juice is #Trump giving these people… https://t.co/16mFBaHJXf— Emoluments Clause (@Emoluments Clause)1562088541.0
@AOC The correct response should be ‘these are serious allegations, we’ll investigate’ - not dismiss out of hand. A… https://t.co/g5I3vqVaTk— julie ballantyne (@julie ballantyne)1562090870.0
@AOC I see defenseless humans held captive but ZERO humanity. Kellyanne Conway, are you even one? (a human)… https://t.co/tqAcSsa51s— LLeigh_Laura 🌀 🌊 (@LLeigh_Laura 🌀 🌊)1562093069.0
But some people see no issue with the potential human rights violations.
@brandonoldfiel3 @LeighNYC_Laura @AOC Amazing. Trump could order all those children executed tomorrow and you'd be… https://t.co/dOTo72qcra— Kenni Raine (@Kenni Raine)1562094434.0
The overflowing temporary detention facilities, longterm housing and tent city concentration camps are the result of the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy, drafted by Stephen Miller and issued by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. As part of the new policy, the Trump administration enacted a family separation policy to discourage migrants from seeking asylum in the United States.