Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is aggressively doubling down on her argument that the US government’s migrant detention centres are “concentration camps,” despite substantial pushback.
The freshman congresswoman has tweeted more than a dozen times about the issue and re-tweeted nearly two dozen scholars, journalists, and descendants of Holocaust survivors who defended her.
Ocasio-Cortez said the migrant detention facilities amount to concentration camps because they’re detaining people without trial.
She argued that those upset with her use of the term should instead focus on what she says is the dehumanization of migrants on the border.
“I will never apologise for calling these camps what they are. If that makes you uncomfortable, fight the camps – not the nomenclature,” she tweeted Wednesday.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has spent the last few days doubling down on her argument that the US government’s migrant detention centres are “concentration camps,” despite receiving substantial pushback.
Since Tuesday morning, the New York Democrat has tweeted more than a dozen times elaborating on her argument that the migrant detention facilities function as concentration camps because they’re detaining people without trial in “dehumanising” conditions.
She’s repeatedly argued that the country should focus on how the government is treating migrants at the border, rather than debate the terminology she’s using to describe it. The lawmaker first used the term “concentration camp” during an Instagram live stream on Monday night.