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PoliticsOcasio-Cortez defends comparing migrant detention centers to 'concentration camps'

20:40  18 june  2019
20:40  18 june  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

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Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez , D-N.Y., on Tuesday defended her comments comparing migrant detention centers on the U.S. southern border to They are concentration camps ," Ocasio - Cortez said. "I want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that 'never again'

Representative Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez said her use of the phrase “ concentration camps ” to refer to migrant detention centers was “This administration has established concentration camps on the southern border of the United States for immigrants, where they are being brutalized with

Ocasio-Cortez defends comparing migrant detention centers to 'concentration camps'© Yuri Gripas Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., on Tuesday defended her comments comparing migrant detention centers on the U.S. southern border to "concentration camps," which critics slammed as insensitive to Holocaust survivors.

The freshman lawmaker made the comparison while filming an Instagram Live Monday night in which she excoriated President Donald Trump's administration for its treatment of migrants at the border.

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AOC doubles down on concentration camp claims, accuses ICE director of covering it up Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., seemingly accused Mark Morgan, the acting director for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, of "[running] concentration camp systems" and hiding the nature of them. Despite fierce backlash, Ocasio-Cortez showed no signs of backing down Tuesday evening on her comparison of U.S. migrant detention centers with concentration camps. Retweeting an interview in which Morgan told Hill.

Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez calls Trump's migrant detention centers ' concentration camps ' and his Ocasio - Cortez 's remarks ignited a fierce debate over whether it's ethical to invoke World War II But some Jews and descendants of Holocaust survivors defended Ocasio - Cortez 's argument

Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez blasts conditions at migrant detention centers . Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez once again compared border detention facilities to concentration camps on Ocasio - Cortez , though, maintained that while she did see the combination toilet-sink facilities, the

"The U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border and that is exactly what they are. They are concentration camps," Ocasio-Cortez said. "I want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that 'never again' means something. The fact that concentration camps are now an institutionalized practice in the 'home of the free' is extraordinarily disturbing and we need to do something about it."

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., condemned Ocasio-Cortez for the remarks Tuesday.

"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," Cheney said on Twitter.

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Dem senator: American Jews 'disgusted' by treatment of migrants at border Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) said that American Jews are "disgusted" by the treatment of migrants at the border as Republicans pounce on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (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 Trump, tweeted Tuesday night.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez stood by her use Monday of the term " concentration camps " to describe detention centers holding undocumented immigrants along the southern border.

AOC compares ICE detention to concentration camps 01:42. Washington (CNN) Rep. Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez invited controversy this week Others, mostly Democrats, defended Ocasio - Cortez for being technically accurate and for drawing attention to conditions in today's migrant camps .

Josh Holmes, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's former chief of staff, called Ocasio-Cortez's comments "an alarming and dangerous false equivalence that suggests a breathtaking lack of appreciation for the unparalleled evil of the Holocaust."

However, the Democratic lawmaker refused to walk back the comparison, responding directly to Cheney's criticism in a Tuesday tweet.

"Hey Rep. Cheney, since you're so eager to 'educate me,' I'm curious: What do YOU call building mass camps of people being detained without a trial?" she wrote. "How would you dress up DHS's mass separation of thousands [of] children at the border from their parents?"

AOC says she will 'never apologize,' blasts GOP for focus on 'concentration camps' comparison

AOC says she will 'never apologize,' blasts GOP for focus on 'concentration camps' comparison Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., refused to apologize Wednesday for labeling migrant detention centers as "concentration camps." require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "I will never apologize for calling these camps what they are," she tweeted response to a call by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's, R-Calif., for her to apologize. "DHS ripped 1000s of children from their parents & put them in cages w inhumane conditions," she added.

Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez (D-NY) doubled down and likened migrant detention centers to torture facilities in a tweet posted Sunday night. The New York lawmaker has been under fire for describing migrant detention centers as concentration camps and using phrases – like “Never Again”

Ocasio - Cortez described migrant detention facilities at the southern U.S. border as " concentration camps " during an Instagram live stream June 17. Following up on Twitter, she said the centers "brutalized" migrants with "dehumanizing conditions." Ocasio - Cortez quickly came under fire from

Ocasio-Cortez also tweeted a link to an Esquire magazine article, which quotes author and historian Andrea Pitzer calling the situation on the southern border "a concentration camp system" and defining concentration camps as the "mass detention of civilians without trial."

"This is not hyperbole. It is the conclusion of expert analysis," Ocasio-Cortez wrote Tuesday.

During her Instagram Live Monday, she said, "I don't use those words lightly. I don't use those words to just throw bombs. I use that word because that is what an administration that creates concentration camps is. A presidency that creates concentration camps is fascist and it's very difficult to say that."

The Democratic lawmaker noted the Trump administration's reported plan to house 1,400 undocumented migrant children at Fort Sill, an Oklahoma military base that was previously used to detain Japanese Americans during World War II.

President Barack Obama also used the base to house migrants but stopped after criticism, according to Time magazine.

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