‘Agents…are bringing toys for children and buying them with their personal money. Agents are bringing in clothes…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Department of Homeland Security officials responded this week to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‘s claim that detention facilities for illegal aliens are “concentration camps.”
Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost called Ocasio-Cortez’s comments “personally offensive,” during a House Homeland Security subcommittee hearing, Newsweek reported.
“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,” Provost said, responding to questions from Republican Rep. Michael Guest of Mississippi.
She said Border Patrol and ICE personnel did not join the immigration enforcement to care for illegal aliens.
“I’m calling agents that are bringing toys for children and buying them with their personal money. Agents are bringing in clothes,” Provost said. “They’re going above and beyond day in and day out to try to care for these individuals to the best of their ability.”
Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Mark Morgan denounced Ocasio-Cortez as well.
“It’s completely inappropriate, it’s reckless, it’s irresponsible, it’s misinformed, and it’s flat out wrong,” he told The Hill.
Morgan said both non-governmental organizations and Inspectors General have access to the detention facilities.
“There is so much oversight in these facilities,” he said. “I encourage the check and balance; I encourage inspections. I feel very satisfied that if you go to these facilities, whether its a border patrol facility or [a Department of Health and Human Services] facility or an ICE facility that there will be safe and adequate conditions to detain individuals.”
The Department of Homeland Security Inspector General found “egregious” conditions, “unusable” bathrooms, overcrowding, and outdated food.
Immigration officials said the border crisis and underfunding have led to poor conditions.
The Republican-controlled Senate passed a $4.59 billion funding bill Wednesday that should improve conditions in detention centers.
The House still needs to approve the legislation.