Members of congress who toured migrant detention centers in Texas on Monday recounted the squalid conditions that undocumented migrants in the overcrowded facilities are living in. Multiple representatives said that migrants were told to drink from the toilet, were going days without showers, and living with 15 people in one cell.
Yet Fox and Friends host Brian Kilmeade likened the situation simply to an overcrowded house party.
Fox & Friends' Brian Kilmeade likens overcrowded detention facilities at the border to having a house party with 10… https://t.co/NE6kB4PJKJ— Courtney Hagle (@Courtney Hagle) 1562071304.0
"Here's the thing. Picture yourself, you have a house, family of five. You have a party, you have 30 people over. Maybe you have a big party and you have 100 people over and you have two and a half baths. In the beginning, it would be OK with 30. Then after 100 people, it would be a little bit taxed, maybe you got to get an outdoor facility. Can you picture 5,000?
He went on to compare the facilities to an overcrowded hotel, asserting that conditions would be unsatisfactory in any facility so overcrowded.
Brian Kilmeade unfortunately cannot picture the situation at the border unless he first puts it in terms of hotels… https://t.co/zgv7azDIiW— Courtney Hagle (@Courtney Hagle) 1562072024.0
People quickly pointed out why these analogies don't hold up—including Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who recently toured one of the facilities.
Hey, @kilmeade: What was the last “party” you went to where you: - Were locked in a cage under armed guard - Dran… https://t.co/SQ3wL5LVhV— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1562074264.0
@CourtneyHagle @kilmeade this is the worse analogy ever. 1) people going to a house party go of their own free wil… https://t.co/mFAr7IStgJ— TX_Vet (@TX_Vet) 1562074615.0
@CourtneyHagle @kilmeade when was the last time you threw a house party and locked everyone in cages, refused basi… https://t.co/pTAUtU1THp— Cathy Blinn (@Cathy Blinn) 1562075968.0
@CourtneyHagle But you can leave the frat party— Ilene Powell (@Ilene Powell) 1562072399.0
@CourtneyHagle This is the way racist Trump supporters completely minimize suffering & death at #TrumpCamps by call… https://t.co/ttEFq4ntYe— Normah Jean ☘ (@Normah Jean ☘) 1562072529.0
Members of Congress who actually toured the concentration camps, made it clear they were anything but a party.
Meanwhile, one refrain we‘ve heard is that people are overcrowded in CBP concentration camps because the shelters (… https://t.co/gzrNsnjR6r— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1562024197.0
This moment captures what it’s like for women in CBP custody to share a cramped cell—some held for 50 days—for them… https://t.co/NMWx0BdIw8— Joaquin Castro (@Joaquin Castro) 1562025413.0
Here’s another photo from inside taken by @JoaquinCastrotx, where we’re trying to comfort women trapped in cells.… https://t.co/6h0iuKKuLa— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1562028215.0
Awareness of the facilities' conditions is steadily growing, as is the outrage.