AOC is going after Joe Biden for opening the facility where children are kept in cages. She criticized Trump over the facility he inherited from Obama but closed it down just one month later.
Now that Biden has reopened it, only AOC among the Democrats is complaining.
The media probably will nominate him for a Nobel Prize. But Biden is so far gone that if he won an Olympic medal, the first thing he would do is have it bronzed.
This is not okay, never has been okay, never will be okay – no matter the administration or party. https://t.co/AEV7s7QQnB
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 23, 2021
At that point she chickened out and tried to tone down her rhetoric by saying, “it’s only 2 months into this admin & our fraught, unjust immigration system will not transform in that time. That’s why bold reimagination is so important. DHS shouldn’t exist, agencies should be reorganized, ICE’s gotta go, ban for-profit detention, create climate refugee status & more.”
What part of reopening did she not understand?
It’s not that Biden hasn’t closed the facility yet because it was closed down by Trump and reopened by Biden in 2021.
Multiple administrations have made the callous choice to lock up thousands of children seeking refuge in the United States of America.
As long as we see people seeking a better life as “aliens” instead of fellow human beings, our immigration system will continue to fail us. https://t.co/xE1lmgSnJj
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 24, 2021
Located in Carrizo Springs, Texas, the center is reopening after the Trump administration utilized it amid the migrant crisis in 2019.
The Washington Post is reporting that Biden has reopened the site which will hold up to 700 children….in cages. Besides decrying “kids in cages” under Trump, Biden also reportedly told lawmakers in 2019 that he would end child migrant detention.
On Monday, a White House spokesperson told Fox News: “The President’s approach is to deal with immigration comprehensively, fairly and humanely. The policy of this administration is not to expel unaccompanied children who arrive at our borders.
The Border Patrol will continue to transfer unaccompanied children to the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement so they may be properly cared for in appropriate shelters, consistent with their best interest.”
When asked for details on whether children are detained by Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the White House referred Fox News to that agency for additional details. CBP did not respond to a request for comment.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki similarly told Fox News on Tuesday that the administration’s policy was focused on not expelling unaccompanied children. “The process, how it works, is that Customs and Border control continue to transfer unaccompanied children to the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement,” she said.