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Ocasio-Cortez criticizes opening of migrant facility for children under Biden

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezProgressives won't oppose bill over limits on stimulus checks Bipartisan bill would ban lawmakers from buying, selling stocks The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - J&J vax rollout today; third woman accuses Cuomo MORE (D-N.Y.) criticized President BidenJoe BidenTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot FireEye finds evidence Chinese hackers exploited Microsoft email app flaw since January Biden officials to travel to border amid influx of young migrants MORE’s administration on Tuesday for opening a migrant facility for children.

This is not okay, never has been okay, never will be okay - no matter the administration or party,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

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The facility is located in Carrizo Springs, Texas, and will be used to hold children ages 13 to 17. The facility is capable of holding up to 700 migrant children.

It’s only 2 mos into this admin & our fraught, unjust immigration system will not transform in that time," Ocasio-Cortez said.

“DHS shouldn’t exist, agencies should be reorganized, ICE gotta go, ban for-profit detention, create climate refugee status & more,” she added.

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The White House also defended the facility on Tuesday, saying that it was only temporary and is needed because of the pandemic. 

“It’s a temporary reopening during COVID-19, our intention is very much to close it, but we want to make sure we can follow COVID protocols,” press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOn The Money: Senate votes to take up COVID-19 relief bill | Stocks sink after Powell fails to appease jittery traders | February jobs report to provide first measure of Biden economy Biden called off second military target in Syria minutes before strike: report White House says Shalanda Young could serve as acting OMB director MORE said. 

Unaccompanied migrant children were moved into the facility the day it was opened. It is unclear how long the administration plans to keep the facility’s doors open.