AOC slams ‘barbaric’ US border conditions under Biden

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed people who described the border crisis as a "surge" were pushing a "white supremacist" philosophy.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday night slammed the overcrowded conditions for immigrants at the US-Mexican border under President Biden as “inhumane”, “horrifying,” “unnaceptable” and “barbaric.”

She also blamed decades of US foreign policy with countries in neighboring Central America as contributing to the perpetual crisis of desperate residents from poor, violence-torn countries flooding the border.

AOC unloaded on the border crisis during a virtual town hall meeting Wednesday night.

“The fact that this keeps happening is a political failure of both parties,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

AOC gave a detailed critique on the current border crisis — after being accused of giving Biden a pass after excoriating former President Trump’s border and immigration policies.

During an earlier interview, she criticized people who describe the situation at the border as a “surge” of pushing a “white supremacist” philosophy.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed people who described the border crisis as a “surge” were pushing a “white supremacist” philosophy.
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She had visited immigration detention centers in 2019 and decried the conditions under Trump as “concentration camps.”

Ocasio-Cortez said the slow processing and verification system at the border causes a “huge pile up” leading to “inhumane conditions” that “are wrong.”

Unaccompanied migrant children play inside a playpen at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility in Donna, Texas on March 30, 2021.
Unaccompanied migrant children play inside a playpen at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility in Donna, Texas, on March 30, 2021.
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While claiming Trump’s immigration policies are more harsh than Biden’s, she added, “I don’t want to excuse any of this.”

“We should be doing better by now,” she said.

At one point, she said families who were forcibly separated during the Trump years “are owed reparations. Period.”

Migrant children sleep inside a cage at the Donna Department of Homeland Security holding facility in Donna, Texas on March 30, 2021.
Migrant children sleep inside a cage at the Donna Department of Homeland Security holding facility in Donna, Texas, on March 30, 2021.
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She blamed US foreign policy for contributing to the border crisis.

“This is not an invasion. US foreign policy has contributed to the destabilization of these regions…where the children are fleeing …. We have decades of interventionist foreign policies that have contributed to this issue.”

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez argues “US foreign policy has contributed to the destabilization,” of Central-American countries where migrants are fleeing from.
AOC argues “US foreign policy has contributed to the destabilization,” of Central-American countries where migrants are fleeing from.
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“People don’t want to talk about it but then they want to act like this is brand new every time,” said of the masses overwhelming the border.

While she decried the current conditions at the border, she claimed Biden is trying to solve the problem.

Two unaccompanied migrant children stand at a makeshift processing checkpoint in Roma, Texas on March 27, 2021.
Two unaccompanied migrant children stand at a makeshift processing checkpoint in Roma, Texas, on March 27, 2021.
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“I’ve been in contact with the Biden Administration personally. What is different is they’re trying to figure out … how to find the resources to end his problem,” AOC said..

She said the border crisis could get worse if the US doesn’t address root causes through its foreign policy and trade and climate policies.

“The volume of these shifts are going to increase as droughts increase,” said Ocasio-Cortez.

Migrants are processed inside the Donna Department of Homeland Security holding facility in Donna, Texas on March 30, 2021.
Migrants are processed inside the Donna Department of Homeland Security holding facility in Donna, Texas, on March 30, 2021.
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