Brandon Judd, the president of the National Border Patrol Council, a union of Border Patrol agents, accused freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D–N.Y.) of trying to “dehumanize” Border Patrol agents with her inflammatory remarks in recent weeks surrounding the freshman congresswoman’s trip to detention facilities on the U.S-Mexican border.
“I am personally and professionally offended by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s outrageous, inflammatory and false claims about the dedicated law enforcement officers I represent,” Judd wrote in a Fox News op-ed on Tuesday, going after Ocasio-Cortez for comparing agents securing U.S. borders and detention facilities to Nazis and concentration camps. “By comparing Border Patrol agents to Nazis, Ocasio-Cortez is trying to dehumanize us.”
“This is a horrible insult to the memories of the innocent men, women and children slaughtered by the Nazis, and to our Border Patrol agents—implying that our agents are no different from the Nazi butchers,” Judd asserted. “The outrageousness of this vicious slander is breathtaking—especially coming from a member of Congress.”
Judd went on to defend Border Patrol agents and pushed back against Ocasio-Cortez’s claim, lodged earlier this week that women held in detention on the border were being instructed to drink water from the toilets, pointing out that the claim was based “a single female detainee.”
“Detainees have never been told to drink toilet water,” Judd said. “And Border Patrol agents are doing everything in their power to treat the illegal immigrants as humanely as possible under overcrowded conditions.”
The op-ed comes as Ocasio-Cortez has made countless headlines in recent weeks for comparing migrant detention centers to concentration camps—remarks that have caught widespread criticism, even provoking condemnation from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Ocasio-Cortez has doubled down on her comparisons however, once again referring to detention centers housing migrants along the southern border as concentration camps in a tweet on Tuesday.
These are concentration camps.
According to concentration camp experts, people begin to die due to overcrowding, neglect, and shortage of resources.
We saw all three of those signs on our trip yesterday. Another person died yesterday.
And those are the deaths we know about. https://t.co/MhujNAYohJ
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 2, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez joined other Democratic representatives to tour migrant detention centers in Texas earlier this week and has been one of the vocal members criticizing the Department of Homeland Security for the conditions of the overcrowded facilities.
This was in fact the type of toilet we saw in the cell.
Except there was just one, and the sink portion was not functioning – @AyannaPressley smartly tried to open the faucet, and nothing came out.
So the women were told they could drink out of the bowl. https://t.co/rcu9Rt6B2x
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 1, 2019
The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General released a report earlier this week detailing the horrid conditions of the detention centers that found severe overcrowding and prolonged detention periods past what the centers were intended.