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Dem senator: American Jews 'disgusted' by treatment of migrants at border

Dem senator: American Jews 'disgusted' by treatment of migrants at border
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Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzTech CEOs clash with lawmakers in contentious hearing Bitter fight over Barrett fuels calls to nix filibuster, expand court Senate Democrats hold talkathon to protest Barrett's Supreme Court nomination MORE (D-Hawaii) said that American Jews are “disgusted” by the treatment of migrants at the border as Republicans pounce on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezBiden names John Kerry as 'climate czar' in new administration Maloney vows to overhaul a House Democratic campaign machine 'stuck in the past' Ocasio-Cortez defends Harry Styles wearing dress on Vogue cover: 'It looks wonderful' MORE (D-N.Y.) for saying that the detention centers housing immigrants are concentration camps.

“Every American Jew that I know is disgusted by the cruel treatment of children and families at our southern border. If you want to show solidarity with American Jews, help us to stop this, and don’t feign outrage at the language that people use to describe this tragedy,” Schatz, who is Jewish and frequently turns to Twitter to slam President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden team wants to understand Trump effort to 'hollow out government agencies' Trump's remaking of the judicial system Overnight Defense: Trump transgender ban 'inflicts concrete harms,' study says | China objects to US admiral's Taiwan visit MORE, tweeted Tuesday night.

Schatz’s comment is just the latest to wade into a brewing controversy that was sparked by Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks about migrant detention facilities.

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“The U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are,” Ocasio-Cortez said during an Instagram Live appearance on Monday night.

“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.”

Republicans quickly condemned the remarks, saying the comparison was inappropriate. 

“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,” tweeted Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyPressure grows from GOP for Trump to recognize Biden election win Trump: Liz Cheney's election remarks sparked by push to bring US troops home Biden's lead over Trump surpasses 6M votes as more ballots are tallied MORE (R-Wyo.), the third-ranking House Republican. 

The online back-and-forth comes as the White House’s request for $4.5 billion in emergency funds to help deal with the flow of migrants at the southern border. The funds would include $3.3 billion for humanitarian aid to help with care for unaccompanied minors and families crossing the border and $1.1 billion for other operations like increasing the number of detention beds.