Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams the abuse of migrants under Trump: 'We cannot allow for this.'
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) issued a powerful rebuke of Trump's abusive migrant detention policy in congressional testimony on Friday.
Ocasio-Cortez spoke before the House Oversight Committee in a hearing on mistreatment of children stemming from Trump's cruel family separation policy.
Before she spoke, Ocasio-Cortez took the unusual step of asking committee Chairman Elijah Cummings to swear her in under oath to reinforce the veracity of her comments.
"When these women tell me that they were put into a cell, and that their sink was not working — and we tested the sink ourselves, and the sink was not working — and they were told to drink out of a toilet bowl, I believe them," the congresswoman testified.
"I believe these women," she continued. "I believed the canker sores that I saw in their mouths because they were only allowed to be fed un-nutritious food. I believe them when they said they were sleeping on concrete floors for two months. I believe them."
"And what was worse about this, Mr. Chairman, was the fact that there were American flags hanging all over these facilities — that children being separated from their parents in front of an American flag — that women were being called these names under an American flag."
"We cannot allow for this."
Ocasio-Cortez was joined in testifying by three of her House colleagues, Reps. Veronica Escobar (D-TX), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).
The congresswomen offered powerful, disturbing accounts of what they saw. Tlaib tearfully recounted trying to communicate with a four-year-old boy who was asking for his father, before she was told to stop by a Border Patrol officer. Pressley recalled a woman terrified of having a seizure because she was epileptic and her medication had been taken away.
Democrats in Congress are working to shine a spotlight on Trump's abuse of innocents as part of his bigoted immigration policies.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.