Friday, July 19, 2024

Ocasio-Cortez says the Trump administration is running ‘Concentration Camps’ at the border

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is accusing the Trump administration of establishing concentration camps along the U.S.-Mexico border where migrants are “brutalized with dehumanizing conditions and dying.”

In a Tuesday morning tweet, the congresswoman pointed to the analysis of journalist and author Andrea Pitzer, an expert on the history of concentration camps. In an Esquire article published last week, Pitzer stated that by her own definition of concentration camps ― “the mass detention of civilians without trial” ― such a system is indeed in place on the border.

Ocasio-Cortez’s remark follows her Monday night live broadcast on Instagram during which she said “concentration camps are now an institutionalized practice in the home of the free,” calling it “extraordinarily disturbing.” The congresswoman’s statements have drawn condemnation from conservatives and Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer, who suggested during his broadcast that she owes “every Jew on the planet an apology.”

In a follow-up tweet that morning, Ocasio-Cortez lambasted “the shrieking Republicans” apparently unaware of the difference between concentration camps and death camps, referring back to Pitzer’s definition. “Concentration camps are considered by experts as ‘the mass detention of civilians without trial,’” she said. “And that’s exactly what this administration is doing.”

Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General released a report citing concerns over the treatment of people detained by ICE. It identified issues at four facilities located in California, Colorado, Louisiana and New Jersey. According to the report, “immediate risks or egregious violations of detention standards” were found, “including nooses in detainee cells, overly restrictive segregation, inadequate medical care, unreported security incidents, and significant food safety issues.”