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ICE chief blasts Ocasio-Cortez for 'reckless' concentration camp comments

Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Mark Morgan, in an exclusive interview with Hill.TV, criticized Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHillicon Valley: Threatening emails raise election concerns | Quibi folds after raising nearly B | Trump signs law making it a crime to hack voting systems Ocasio-Cortez draws hundreds of thousands of viewers on Twitch livestream OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Democrats push expansion of offshore wind, block offshore drilling with ocean energy bill | Poll: Two-thirds of voters support Biden climate plan | Biden plan lags Green New Deal in fighting emissions from homes MORE (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," 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. 

Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyMcCarthy faces pushback from anxious Republicans over interview comments Steve King defends past comments on white supremacy, blasts NYT and GOP leaders in fiery floor speech GOP lawmakers distance themselves from Trump comments on transfer of power MORE (R-Wyo.) tweeted at her colleague, "please @AOC do us all a favor and spend just a few minutes learning some actual history. 6 million Jews were exterminated in the Holocaust. You demean their memory and disgrace yourself with comments like this.​”

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."  

- Saagar Enjeti