Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has slammed President Biden’s handling of the migrant crisis at the southern border, calling the conditions “barbaric”, “horrifying” and “inhumane”.
The progressive firebrand unloaded on the White House during a virtual town hall meeting on Wednesday, a day after she was criticized for insisting that using the term “migrant surge” was a white supremacist dog whistle.
During last night’s event, AOC spent much of her time denouncing the “completely inhumane” conditions at the border, taking both parties to task for causing the crisis on account of decades of systemic failures.
“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,” she said.
“And it’s unacceptable and it’s horrifying.”
As of Sunday, there were 5,767 children in Customs and Border Protection custody up from 5,495 children on Thursday, according to CBP data. Under Trump, the largest number of unaccompanied minors was 2,600, which came in June 2019.
Worse still, there are a staggering 17,650 children in the custody of the federal government overall, including shelter facilities and other housing.
The Biden administration is struggling to meet the demand of the thousands of unaccompanied children flocking to the US.
The surge has caused a huge backlog, leaving those children detained in stark, overcrowded conditions which one Democratic lawmaker described as “terrible.”
Agreeing with that stance Wednesday, AOC – who once likening border facilities to “concentration camps” under Trump – also blamed decades of US foreign policy in Central America for contributing to the perpetual crisis.
“The fact that this keeps happening is a political failure of both parties,” she said. “It’s a result of the fact that we have built our immigration system on the same scaffolding of our incarceration system, and neither are just.”
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