Earlier this month, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) visited a border detention center in Texas along with a Congressional delegation of other Democrats. She made some alarming claims after her visit, including alleging that migrant women told her they were forced to drink water out of toilets.
Here’s what she said at the time:
Just left the 1st CBP facility.
I see why CBP officers were being so physically &sexually threatening towards me.
Officers were keeping women in cells w/ no water & had told them to drink out of the toilets.
This was them on their GOOD behavior in front of members of Congress.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 1, 2019
There have been other disturbing things alleged about the conditions at these centers, but while most Republicans and Democrats agree (for now, anyway) that the conditions represent a crisis, reports that migrants had to drink from toilets seemed to be far-fetched. Nevertheless, the mainstream media latched on to them as evidence that President Trump was deliberately mistreating those being detained.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) posted a video on Instagram Tuesday in which he indicated he wanted to “set the record straight” on AOC’s claims about migrants and the toilet water. Here’s what he said (transcribed):
“You all remember the controversy of immigrants having to drink out of toilets. Now, I don’t think that most people believed that but let’s actually clarify it.
I spoke to the agents today here in El Paso who were there when AOC was making that accusation. Here’s what happened.
When she was asking immigrants where they got their water from, they said ‘el baño.’ Okay. In Spanish, ‘el baño’ could mean toilet, it could mean bathroom. Here’s what they were actually pointing at.
They were pointing at this. You see a sink and you see a toilet. This is potable water. This is where migrants actually get their water from a lot of times. Either this, or a water cooler right outside.
In subsequent conversations, they made that very clear. They said no, no, no we’re not actually drinking out of a toilet, but that lie …”
The video cut off at that point. Watch Crenshaw’s demonstration below:
The first term Congressman has not been shy in the past about taking on AOC’s assertions about the illegal immigration issue on the whole and conditions at the border specifically. In fact, he has emerged as a leading Republican voice in the House when it comes to the border crisis and how the true Democratic party position is for open borders with no enforcement.
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