Socialist congresswoman and avid conspiracy theorist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed in a bizarre social media post Wednesday evening that federal immigration officials are “deliberately” trying to “cage children and inject them with drugs” because “of their national origin.”
As evidence, AOC cited absolutely nothing.
“At least I’m not trying to cage children at the border and inject them with drugs. That’s not a mistake. That is a deliberate policy to attack people based on their national origin. That’s not a mistake. That’s just hatred. That’s just cruelty. That’s just wrong,” she yammered to a chatroom of supporters.
It’s unclear who her anger was directed at. What’s clear is that what she said was factually incorrect nonsense. She presumably gleaned this nonsense from the media, which for months now has been publishing an incessant stream of propaganda-like misinformation about the Department of Homeland Security’s handling of illegal alien minors.
Last month DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testified to the Homeland Security Committee that, despite the media’s claims to the contrary, her agency does not cage children.
“Sir, we don’t use cages for children,” she told committee chair Bennie Thompson, adding that the media’s so-called “cages” are in fact “areas of the border facility that are carved out for the safety and protection of those that remain there while they’re being processed.”
When immigration authorities apprehend illegal alien families, they can’t detain the children within the same jail-like facilities used to detain the parents because that’d be cruel. So instead the kids are detained in separate, more upscale facilities like the one seen below:
As for Ocasio-Cortez’s claim that immigration officials “inject them with drugs,” it could be based on a sketchy lawsuit filed last year alleging that children residing at the Shiloh Treatment Center detention facility in Texas were given certain prescription drugs to help them “manage their trauma after being detained and in some cases separated from parents,” as reported by NBC.
In July of last year a judge ruled partly in the plaintiff’s favor by ordering the specific illegal alien children cited in the suit to be moved to another facility. As for the Shiloh Treatment Center, it was allowed to continue operating, as noted in two press releases published at the time.
You mean this place? https://t.co/yY3Wl4FwCG Funny how nobody was charged with anything by any agency. So the county, state and feds are all in..collusion?
— James Tolsona (@JamesTolsona) March 24, 2019
One press release was published on July 13:
“In the past three weeks Shiloh Treatment Center has been visited, audited or investigated by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Residential Childcare Licensing and the Abuse and Neglect Division, The Joint Commission (TJC), Texas Education Agency (TEA), the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), and consulate representatives from Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico. All of the widely distributed allegations about Shiloh were found to be without merit.”
Published July 31, the second release read, “Once again, the allegations specifically about Shiloh have been found to be without merit by multiple regulatory and monitoring bodies.”
The nature of the lawsuit suggests it was a hoax.
But it’s also possible that AOC was referring to the vaccines administrated to illegal alien children to protect them from deadly conditions such as measles, HPV and TB. If this was what she’d been referring to, it’d suggest that she’s an anti-vaxxer. That wouldn’t necessarily be surprising.
— TheBrownConservative (@TheBrownConser1) April 4, 2019
Drugs? You mean the vaccines my children were required to receive?
— GhostRyder (@GhostRyder459) April 4, 2019
What drugs are you talking about. What about the cocaine you and your partner snort on the weekends? You see, what I just wrote is wrong because there is no proof & would be spreading a false narrative. So, @AOC, with my sincerest inquiry, what drugs? Vaccines? Then say vaccines.
— J (@TheRealNYJV) April 4, 2019
— Red1Echo (@Red1Echo) April 4, 2019
You throw a literal temper tantrum when ILLEGALS have to get vaccines! WHILE New York citizens have to quarantine their own children if they aren’t vaccinated.
The dem party HATES Americans thanks for bringing national attention to it.
— Kelly (@Kelly62317572) April 4, 2019
Does she mean VACCINES? Omg
— Carmel Dreamin (@CarmelDreamin) April 4, 2019
I’m betting that the drugs there giving them is because they have medical issues, not anything else
— Jeffrey Nailor (@jnails733) April 4, 2019
The young congresswoman has a history of embracing wild ideas and conspiracy theories. Just last month she took information out of context and used it to tout the lie that President Donald Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. was involved in a “criminal conspiracy” of some sort. But as the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation proved, that’s just not true.
Around the same time she falsely accused Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. of being Islamophobic based on words that Falwell had said in 2015 that were taken out of context.
“I always thought that if more good people had concealed carry permits, then we could end these Muslims before they [unintelligible],” she claimed via a tweet that he’d said.
“This was just this weekend at CPAC, the conference attended by the President and members, to 1000s. Where’s the resolution against Islamophobia?” she wrote in her own words.
Her tweet was a complete lie.
“I always thought that if more good people had concealed carry permits,then we could end these Muslims before they [unintelligible].”
This was just this weekend at CPAC, the conference attended by the President and members, to 1000s.
Where’s the resolution against Islamophobia? https://t.co/eXA9F1fezI
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 5, 2019
“Ocasio-Cortez was commenting on and re-sharing a video from Talbert Swan II, a bishop associated with the Church of God in Christ. The 2015 video shows Falwell Jr. at Liberty University,” the Washington Examiner reported at the time.
“Falwell Jr.’s quote, which came from a speech the day after the 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernadino, Calif., was specifically discussing the potential of thwarting mass shootings if more Americans had concealed carry permits and were armed. Falwell’s mention of Muslims specifically refers to the extremists who carried out the attack. The investigation revealed that the two culprits were inspired by Islamic extremism and discussed among themselves about jihad.”
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