Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) blasted fellow freshman legislator Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) Tuesday over her comments comparing U.S. immigration policy to Holocaust-era concentration camps.
After Ocasio-Cortez posted an Instagram-live video Monday night likening United States border policy to concentration camps, she defended her remarks today via Twitter.
This administration has established concentration camps on the southern border of the United States for immigrants, where they are being brutalized with dehumanizing conditions and dying.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 18, 2019
This is not hyperbole. It is the conclusion of expert analysis ??https://t.co/2dWHxb7UuL
And for the shrieking Republicans who don’t know the difference: concentration camps are not the same as death camps.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 18, 2019
Concentration camps are considered by experts as “the mass detention of civilians without trial.”
And that’s exactly what this administration is doing.
Crenshaw called out Ocasio-Cortez for her misrepresentation of U.S. border policy, saying her "expert definition doesn't apply."
Clearly I need to explain that, in concentration camps, people are unjustly sought out and confined.— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) June 18, 2019
This isn’t what is happening at the border. Migrants are illegally crossing our border. Most are asylum seekers, thus pending trial, so your expert definition doesn’t apply. https://t.co/gE6kaj7jGz
The Texas lawmaker continued his criticism of Ocasio-Cortez by saying that her comments reveal "a total disregard" for U.S. sovereignty and a "deep ignorance" which belittles the Holocaust.
Your comments reveal total disregard for our sovereignty & a deep ignorance that belittles the horrors of the Holocaust.— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) June 18, 2019
If you’re worried about conditions at the border, why don’t you do something about it & support @RepMikeRogersAL’s bill securing billions in humanitarian aid?
Crenshaw's comments come after the Trump Administration recently proposed 4.5 billion in humanitarian aid to alleviate the crisis at the southern border. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, told Fox News on Monday, that he will also propose a "freestanding" bill next week to address the crisis.