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AOC Snaps During Border Tour: They ‘Sexually Threatened’ Me and Made Women Drink From Toilets

AOC Snaps During Border Tour: They ‘Sexually Threatened’ Me and Made Women Drink From Toilets

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggested during a tour of Border Patrol facilities in Texas on Monday that she was watching as migrants were forced to drink out of toilets. 

In a series of real-time tweets, the New York Democrat shared what she was learning with her 4.6 million followers. According to her account: “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,” she said of her experience at the El Paso station.

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Ocasio-Cortez linked her accusations to a ProPublica report published earlier in the day that found Border Patrol agents were making crude jokes about her in a private Facebook group, including sharing an illustration of her giving oral sex to a detained migrant.

In a second tweet from El Paso, Ocasio-Cortez said she had now “seen the inside of these facilities,” and was able to report: “It’s not just the kids. It’s everyone. People drinking out of toilets, officers laughing in front of members Congress.”

“I brought it up to their superiors,” she said. “They said ‘officers are under stress & act out sometimes.’ No accountability.”

Shortly thereafter, Ocasio-Cortez said she had “forced” herself into a cell with women and heard their stories of enduring “psychological warfare” by agents: “waking them at odd hours for no reason, calling them wh*res, etc.”

“Tell me what about that is due to a ‘lack of funding?’ Ocsaio-Cortez asked, in an apparent attempt to defend her vote last week against a bill Congress passed to fund humanitarian aid for migrant children.


With her visit to the first Border Patrol facility complete, Ocasio-Cortez announced she was on her way to another station in Clint, which has faced criticism for allegedly holding children in inhumane conditions.

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“This has been horrifying so far,” she said. “It is hard to understate the enormity of the problem. We’re talking systemic cruelty w/ a dehumanizing culture that treats them like animals.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s office did not immediately respond to an email asking to clarify her allegations and questioning why she had not taken more dramatic action if she in fact witnessed such horrific behavior. Pluralist also asked the Border Patrol for comment but did not immediately hear back.

Two unnamed witnesses confirmed parts of Ocasio-Cortez’s account to the Washington Examiner on Monday. They said she shouted at agents and refused to continue the tour.

Rep. Judy Chu of California, one of 14 House Democrats on the tour, agreed on Twitter that Border Patrol had told one woman they met to “drink from a toilet.” She did not make clear in the tweet how she heard the story. Her office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Ocasio-Cortez isn’t the first to allege migrants are “drinking out of toilets”

A number of news outlets quickly published Ocasio-Cortez’s claims without context or confirmation, and many of her Twitter fans joined in the outrage. However, others raised doubts.

At least one user simply called “BS.”

The allegation that Border Patrol agents forced migrants to drink from toilets is not entirely new. Last July, the Center for Human Rights filed a report in federal court in Los Angeles that included more than 200 accounts from migrant children and their parents of allegedly inhumane treatment they endured while detained in Border Patrol facilities.

One mother, named Yojana, said, “We had to drink water from the toilet to keep hydrated.”

But, in what could be less dramatic explanation, another migrant named Cristobal said that agents told him and his young son to “drink from the sink above the toilet.”

“We did not get any clean water the entire time,” he said.

The Border Patrol declined to comment on the migrants’ accounts at the time.

The agency has lately become a lightning rod in the culture wars over President Donald Trump’s response to a surge of immigrant families arriving at the U.S. border from Central America. Ocasio-Cortez has been a leading critic of the president’s policies, railing against them in emotional and often inaccurate terms.

Since the Border Patrol announced last Tuesday that Commissioner John Sanders was resigning, scrutiny of conditions at border detention camps has only increased. However, as CNN anchor John King suggested last week, Trump’s immigration policy is arguably not so different from that of former President Barack Obama. The Associated Press recently noted in a fact check that Obama operated and in some cases built the detention centers liberals are now bemoaning.

Amid the uproar, Congress on Thursday passed a $4.6 billion bill to fund humanitarian aid for migrant children. But Ocasio-Cortez joined a handful of other Democrats in opposing the legislation for fear the money would go toward enforcement of immigration law.

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