Ocasio-Cortez says 'humane' shelters have space following visits to border facilities

Ocasio-Cortez says 'humane' shelters have space following visits to border facilities
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez mocks 'White House ethics' in Instagram post Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi set to unveil drug price plan | Abortion rate in US hits lowest level since Roe v. Wade | Dems threaten to subpoena Juul Kennedy to challenge Markey in Senate primary MORE (D-N.Y.) said Monday the "humane" shelters where families wouldn't be separated have space to take in more migrants, despite arguments that defend overcrowding at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) migrant facility conditions by claiming shelters are at capacity. 

The freshman representative tweeted conditions she witnessed throughout the day as congress members toured border facilities in Texas. 

"Meanwhile, one refrain we‘ve heard is that people are overcrowded in CBP concentration camps because the shelters (which are humane places where families can stay together) are full. So we went to a shelter. They said that wasn’t true at all. Only 150/500 spots were filled," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

At the border camps, Ocasio-Cortez said CBP officers told women to drink out of toilets, and one women described the treatment as "psychological warfare." 

"Tell me what about that is due to a “lack of funding?” Ocasio-Cortez said. 

The Hill reached out to CBP for comment. 

Rep. Madeleine DeanMadeleine Dean3D-printable guns will require us to rethink our approach on gun safety Democrats' impeachment message leads to plenty of head-scratching Democratic leaders seek to have it both ways on impeachment MORE (D-Penn.) shared similar report after the tour, saying conditions are "far worse than we could have imagined." 

Dean tweeted 15 women in their 50s and 60s were sleeping in a "small concrete cell" with no running water. 

"This is a human rights crisis," she said. 


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