Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and several other House Democrats last week visited border detention facilities in Clint and El Paso, Texas amid reports of migrant children and adults being kept in decrepit conditions under Customs and Border Patrol custody. And while their stories of people drinking from toilets made headlines as the visit was still happening, some of the members brought their experiences to light again Friday as they testified for the House Oversight Committee.
Ocasio-Cortez went first, describing how "children were being separated from their parents" and "women were being called" derogatory names all "under American flags" that hung around the facilities.
.@RepAOC@AOC: "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. I believe these women." pic.twitter.com/G6X0fC9uqb