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 SchatzHarris, Schatz have highest percentage of non-white staff among Senate Democrats Democrats celebrate announcement on citizenship census question White House guests to get VIP tickets to Trump's Independence Day event 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-CortezGeorge Conway calls Trump a 'racist president' in new op-ed House Democrats introduce resolution condemning Trump for 'racist' comments Trump's family separation policy has taken US to 'lowest depth possible,' says former immigration lawyer 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 TrumpCNN's Camerota clashes with Trump's immigration head over president's tweet LA Times editorial board labels Trump 'Bigot-in-Chief' Trump complains of 'fake polls' after surveys show him trailing multiple Democratic candidates 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 CheneyCheney blasts Ocasio-Cortez over DHS dissolution Ocasio-Cortez suggests she's open to dissolving Homeland Security Pennsylvania Republican expected to replace Amash on Oversight 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.