Mark Morgan, acting ICE Director, slammed Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez during a recent interview in response to her comparison of federal detention facilities used to house illegal immigrations to Holocaust-era concentration camps.
Clearly frustrated, Morgan called the Democrat congresswoman’s remarks “completely inappropriate, reckless, irresponsible, misinformed,” and “flat-out wrong.”
Ocasio-Cortez recently accused the US government of “running concentration camps on our southern border,” prompting furious outcry from Republicans, only to double down on her comments on Tuesday.
From The Hill:
Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Mark Morgan, in an exclusive interview with Hill.TV, criticized Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) for likening U.S. detention facilities for undocumented immigrants to concentration camps.
“Its completely inappropriate, it’s reckless, it’s irresponsible, it’s misinformed, and it’s flat out wrong,” Morgan told Hill.TV on Tuesday.
Morgan added “there is so much oversight in these facilities,” noting there have been reports from Inspector Generals and non-governmental organizations about the detention centers.
“I encourage the check and balance, I encourage inspections. I feel very satisfied that if you go to these facilities, whether its a border patrol facility or an HHS facility or an ICE facility that there will be safe and adequate conditions to detain individuals,” referring to the Department of Health and Human Services.
Morgan’s comments come after the New York congresswoman said “the U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are,” There are roughly a dozen migrant shelters in Juarez with the capability of holding 1,500 individuals — a fraction of what the city is expected to begin detaining. Additionally, illegal migrants are claiming Mexican law enforcement officials were accepting bribes to pass through to the U.S. border — $15 to $20 per person. in a Monday evening Instagram Live. “If that doesn’t bother you … I want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that ‘never again’ means something.”
Ocasio-Cortez added “the fact that concentration camps are now an institutionalized practice in the ‘Home of the Free’ is extraordinarily disturbing, and we need to do something about it.”
The video quickly garnered intense pushback from Republican lawmakers.
The freshman congresswoman reaffirmed her comments Tuesday saying in a tweet, “For the shrieking Republicans who don’t know the difference: concentration camps are not the same as death camps. Concentration camps are considered by experts as ‘the mass detention of civilians without trial.’ And that’s exactly what this administration is doing.”