‘I Will Never Apologize’: Ocasio-Cortez Defends Concentration Camp Comments Amid Backlash


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) warned fellow Democrats Wednesday that their words could be misrepresented by Republicans as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) continued to draw fire for repeatedly describing USA detention facilities for migrants at the southern border as "concentration camps".

It all started after Ocasio-Cortez tweeted: "This administration has established concentration camps on the southern border of the United States for immigrants, where they are being brutalized with dehumanizing conditions and dying".

The Jewish Community Relations Council sent an open letter to the congresswoman, saying "We are deeply disturbed by the language used in your recent Instagram live video which seeks to equate the detention centers on America's southern border with Nazi-era Concentration Camps". But there's another good, historically accurate term she could have used: "Internment Camps". She's minimalizing the Holocaust which massacred six-million innocent Jews, comparing it to an administration that is sending humanitarian aid, giving migrants shelter while they await processing, and ultimately, worst-case, sending them home safely.

Ocasio-Cortez warned, "We are losing to an authoritarian and fascist presidency". "I think this is more an American than a Jewish issue".

Migrant apprehensions at the border with Mexico soared to 144,000 in May, the highest number in 13 years.

Facing criticism from other media - WTAM's Gerald Rivera, for example, called her comments "shameful" - and lawmakers such as her colleague Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), Ocasio-Cortez doubled down on her comments. "You demean their memory and disgrace yourself with comments like this", the Wyoming Republican tweeted.

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It's "unsurprising to me that of all people, it's Elizabeth Cheney coming to the defense of separating children from their parents at the border", Ocasio-Cortez told the Hollywood gossip outlet.

"And for the shrieking Republicans who don't know the difference: concentration camps are not the same as death camps".

"Whether we call them concentration camps, mass detention centers, or cages for children, they are a moral abomination", its CEO, Stosh Cotler, said in a statement.

Ocasio-Cortez made her vicious accusation during a live stream on Instagram Monday night.

"It has caused a deep wound that persists on our proud Polish and European history that we must deal with every single day, and that we reaffirm to one another can never be forgotten, and never allowed to happen again", he continued. "Nearly as unfortunate as the fact that you spent this whole time w/o discussing DHS freezers, "dog pounds", missing children, & human rights abuses that uphold use of this term", Ocasio-Cortez wrote.

"It is definitely a slap in the face to a lot of those people who had family members who actually went through concentration camps", he added. With thousands of people flooding across the border, the USA and Mexico both have to set up facilities to house them while their status gets adjudicated.