The National Border Patrol Council’s vice president expanded a private invite to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) to visit a detention facility after she claimed the U.S. government is “running concentration camps on our southern border” to keep illegal immigrants.
“She needs to come down here, I’ll offer to show her myself the area,” Art Del Cueto, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council and a Border Patrol agent, told Bill Hemmer Tuesday while appearing on “America’s Newsroom.”
Del Cueto responded to the comments made by Ocasio-Cortez on her Instagram during a live stream the previous evening.
“That is exactly what [holding facilities] are. They are concentration camps,” Ocasio-Cortez said at the time. “I want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that ‘Never Again’ means something. The fact that concentrations camps are now an institutionalized practice in the home of the free is extraordinarily disturbing and we need to do something about it.”
Art Del Cueto expressed his frustration with her statements on “America’s Newsroom.”
“I haven’t seen her down here in Arizona, I can tell you that,” del Cueto complained to Fox News host Bill Hemmer on Tuesday. “It’s disgusting to compare concentration camps to what the men and women are doing here protecting our country. In my eyes, honestly, you lose credibility. I’ve had it up to here with all these individuals constantly trying to compare concentration camps to what we’re doing.”
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The Border Patrol agent explained that he had recently visited one of the detention facilities where children were playing outside of their “cell.”
“I was just at one of the detention facilities,” he explained. “The kids were outside their cell. They were out on the floor, playing puzzles, watching movies, eating cookies. What have you. She needs to come down here.”
He stated that before creating such comparisons, the freshman lawmaker should “crack open a history book” on the Holocaust.
Critics have blasted Ocasio-Cortez for making the comparison, with noting that 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust.
“Please @AOC do us all a favor and spend just a few minutes learning some actual history,” Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) tweeted Tuesday. “6 million Jews were exterminated in the Holocaust. You demean their memory and disgrace yourself with comments like this.”
Florida Senator, Rick Scott tweeted, calling Ocasio-Cortez’s comments”dangerous” and “disgusting.”
“This is wrong @AOC. These are incredibly dangerous and disgusting words that demean the millions murdered during the Holocaust,” he wrote. “If House Dems are so concerned, then they should take the crisis at the border seriously and help fund border security.”
House Minority Leader, Kevin McCarthy blasted Ocasio-Cortez for her remarks and called for an apology, according to Global News.
“I think Congresswoman AOC needs to apologize,” he said. “Not only to the nation but to the world. She does not understand history.”