Critics ridiculed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after she coined a new name for migrant detention centers.
The moniker: In February, Ocasio-Cortez characterized migrant described centers as “influx facilities.”
- During former President Donald Trump’s administration, she referred to the same facilities as “concentration camps.“
- Podcaster Tim Pool resurfaced the New York Democrat’s February tweet in early April, saying she had “flip flopped” on the issue and “now supports concentration camps so long as they get licensed by Biden.”
Context: Numerous commentators from both right and left, including independent journalist Glenn Greenwald, have slammed Ocasio-Cortez’s perceived flip from vocal opponent of Trump’s immigration enforcement to a more muted critic of the Biden administration’s policies.
- Ocasio-Cortez has in recent months claimed there is no “crisis” at the U.S. border, despite bipartisan criticism of how the Biden administration has dealt with a surge of migrants seeking to enter the country.
- In particular, detractors have raised concerns about the treatment of migrant children separated from their families.
- Most recently, the Biden administration proposed housing children in foster care and group homes in South Carolina, a measure Republican Governor Henry McMaster forcefully rejected.
“The heartbreaking humanitarian crisis on our border was created by the Biden Administration. Sending unaccompanied migrant children from the border to states like South Carolina only makes the problem worse,” he tweeted.