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 SchatzAdvocates hopeful dueling privacy bills can bridge partisan divide Key Senate Democrats unveil sweeping online privacy bill GOP braces for Democratic spending onslaught in battle for Senate 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-CortezOcasio-Cortez on food assistance cuts: 'If this happened then, we might've just starved' Youth climate activists grade top 2020 Democrats on Green New Deal commitment Sanders to join youth climate strikers in Iowa 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 TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments 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 CheneyOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Stopgap spending bill includes military pay raise | Schumer presses Pentagon to protect impeachment witnesses | US ends civil-nuclear waiver in Iran Cruz, Graham and Cheney call on Trump to end all nuclear waivers for Iran Pompeo: US ending sanctions waiver for site where Iran resumed uranium enrichment 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.