All day long on Tuesday, socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) tried to defend herself against a barrage of criticism after she likened America’s temporary holding facilities for illegal aliens to Nazi concentration camps.
And then she tried to desperately walk back her remark as the acting ICE director blasted her for the comparison.
“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,” Ocasio-Cortez claimed.
Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director Mark Mogan fired back, according to Fox News, saying, "This type of rhetoric from our elected leaders is reckless, irresponsible, misinformed and wrong.”
He then turned it around on AOC and her fellow legislators for allowing illegal aliens to overwhelm America’s border security and immigration system.
"Those facilities are designed for adults, they're not designed for families and kids and we've been saying that for a very, very long time. Congress could pass meaningful legislation that could end this tomorrow, so the irony is unbelievable here," Morgan said.
Speaking to a CNN reporter, Ocasio-Cortez tried to change what she originally said, claiming that she was only referring to general concentration camps and not Nazi death camps.
"There is a very clear academic consensus on what constitutes a concentration camp, and that is the mass detention of a community of people without a trial or due process," she said. “I think it’s pretty universally non-controversial to say that the administration is doing exactly that.”
“You’re not comparing this to what happened in World War II?” the reporter asked her.
“No, no,” she replied. “While concentration camps were employed during that time, concentration camps were also utilized all over the world, including in the United States with the Japanese internment.
But there’s a big problem with her claim.
AOC clearly evoked the common Holocaust saying “never again” when referring to the U.S. holding facilities during an Instagram video she shot on Tuesday. That made her comparison between U.S. facilities and Nazi death camps like Auschwitz obvious.
“I want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that we should not...that ‘never again’ means something,” she said.
Yes, “never again” does mean something, AOC.
The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York City definitely understood that and told the congresswoman that using phrases like "concentration camps" and "never again" are absolutely "synonymous with and evocative of the atrocities committed by Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany."
The ICE director also responded to Trump’s tweet on Monday about his department starting the process to begin “removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States.”
“So clearly, we don’t have the resources to deport, you know, 11 million people in a short period of time,” Morgan said, according to The Hill. “But we have and we remove people every single year. And we're going to continue to do that.”
He said not deporting illegal aliens will make the border crisis worse “because then we're sending this message that if you belong to a certain demographic, and you come here illegally, and you stay here illegally, even after you receive due process in order [to be removed], then the message is if you're in that demographic, you will never be touched, what's going to happen?”