Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez got serious backlash from current and past ICE officials over high-profile accusations of cruel treatment at an El Paso border station, majorly rejecting her assertion that agents forced detainees to “drink out of the toilets” while also insisting that their personnel “don’t treat people that way.”
Ocasio-Cortez, one of the freshman in congres traveled to the border on Monday with fellow members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, where she blasted border officials as “violent” and “inhumane” — while also making false claims that agents forced migrant women and children being detained in cells to drink toilet water.
“They are not drinking out of the toilet—no Border Patrol agent is going to make anyone drink out of the toilet,” former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director Tom Homan told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” in an interview on Tuesday. “It’s just ridiculous on its face.”
Homan further accused Ocasio-Cortez of “clearly, intentionally misinforming the American public.”
“She’s lost all credibility,” he said.
Homan said she was simply referring to the “apparatus” in holding cells that has an attached sink and toilet, but two separate water lines.
“You’re drinking out of the same apparatus, the same piece of equipment, but there are two separate water lines—one going to the commode, one going to the sink,” Homan explained. “… [T]hey are designed that way to try to save space and make it more comfortable for the people who are in those facilities.”
Images of that “apparatus” were circulating on social media as Ocasio-Cortez critics challenged her account.
“NO ONE is drinking TOILET WATER,” said a @customsborder official in response to @repocasiocortez’ claim that asylum-seekers are being forced to drink from a toilet They’re drinking POTABLE WATER from a sink ATTACHED to a toilet It’s what you would find in ANY MUNICIPAL JAIL across the United States” 🙄 #Facts #GooseGander #SeeLinkInBio
Homan acknowledged that the facilities “are jails” and “were not built for women and children,” saying that’s why agents have been “begging” Congress for more funding for beds “so these families can be moved into a proper facility with proper care.”
Also sharing these sentiments was former acting ICE director Ron Vitiello who pushed back on Ocasio-Cortez’s claims.
“I have never seen anything like that,” Vitiello said on “Fox & Friends.” “And look, she was there for three minutes and now she’s an expert on what this facility looks like?”
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was booed when she tried to introduce herself at a joint press conference in El Paso
She had an earlier rant called the detention centres “concentration camps” in an effort to demonize President Trump. AOC is currently showing Americans what it means to be a radical leftist without ideas of how to make America great again.