Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez furiously took to Twitter on Thursday morning and scolded the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement for how they detain migrants who illegally crossed the border.
Sharing a post which included a photo of migrants huddled outside of a detention facility because there was allegedly no room for them inside, the New York congresswoman said: “Look at this picture. When you’re looking at this photo, you’re looking at a mirror. This is America.”
“This is Texas. This is our the course of action, the one we chose. I cannot and will not accept it,” she continued.
Ocasio-Cortez ended the tweet calling for the abolishment of ICE and to end “family separation.”
The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra responded with a CNN report that shows Democrat lawmakers were the reason for less-than-adequate ICE facilities as they rejected the Trump’s administration’s request for more detention beds.
“Ocasio-Cortez complains about there not being enough room for illegal aliens at detention facilities used by federal officials,” Saavedra tweeted.
“Federal agencies requested 52,000 detention beds per day in the recent omnibus bill,” he continued. “AOC and the Democrats only gave them 45,274 detention beds.”
From the CNN report:
The bill includes funding for an average 45,274 detentions beds per day, with the intent to return to 40,520 by the end of the fiscal year, which is the level funded in the last fiscal year, but short of the administration’s request of 52,000 detention beds.
As of January 1, more than 48,000 individuals were in custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Immigration detention became a major point of contention in the last few days. Democrats argued that by allowing ICE to up the number of detention beds, the agency will have the capacity to pursue a larger swath of undocumented immigrants, including those without criminal records. But Republicans view the number of detention beds as central to limiting the ability of detained undocumented immigrants to be released into the US as they await hearings.
Democrats had also pushed for a cap on interior arrests, though that’s not included in the bill.
Here’s how some people responded to the congresswoman: