In the New York Post today, Bob Fredericks, reports on the rebuttal by the U.S. Border Control Chief towards Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “concentration camp” comment made earlier in the week:
Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost said Thursday that recent remarks by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez comparing detention facilities at the southern border to concentration camps are “offensive.”
“I personally find them offensive,” Provost told lawmakers during a House Homeland Security subcommittee hearing before complaining about a lack of resources to deal with the number of Central American asylum seekers at the southern border, which has soared since President Trump took office.
“My men and women, as well as the men and women in [Immigration and Customs Enforcement], are doing the best that they can with the limited resources that they have,” she said, The Hill reported.
She was responding to questions from Mississippi GOP Rep. Michael Guest, who asked her about Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks, which drew criticism from some quarters and praise from others for exposing harsh conditions at the feds’ detention centers.
Ocasio-Cortez faced backlash after she said on Instagram Live on Monday that “the US is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are.”
“Recently, a member of Congress has referred to those detention centers as concentration camps. Remarks which myself and other members of Congress find highly offensive. Would you care to comment on that matter?” Guest, a staunch supporter of Trump, asked the Border Patrol chief Thursday.
“I am extremely offended by those comments,” she replied.
Team Trump has housed thousands of immigrant families that have illegally crossed the border.
In May, more than 130,000 asylum seekers and other illegal immigrants were apprehended, compared to below 100,000 the month before.
Advocates say conditions at the centers are insufficient to humanely house such large numbers of people.
- Bob Fredericks