By David Montanaro
Published June 19, 2019
Acting Director of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Mark Morgan pushed back against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wednesday on "Fox & Friends" for her "reckless" comparison of U.S. border facilities to concentration camps.
Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., made the comparison during an Instagram live stream on Monday.
"The fact that concentration camps are now an institutionalized practice in the land of the free is extraordinarily disturbing," she declared.
"And for the shrieking Republicans who don’t know the difference: concentration camps are not the same as death camps. Concentration camps are considered by experts as 'the mass detention of civilians without trial.' And that’s exactly what this administration is doing," she wrote.
Morgan, who served as chief of the U.S. Border Patrol in the final months of the Obama administration, said he also will not back down from defending the men and women of ICE and Border Patrol.
"This type of rhetoric from our elected leaders is reckless, irresponsible, misinformed and wrong," he said, emphasizing that the agencies have been "sounding the alarm" consistently about the border crisis "overwhelming" the system.
"Those facilities are designed for adults, they're not designed for families and kids and we've been saying that for a very, very long time. Congress could pass meaningful legislation that could end this tomorrow, so the irony is unbelievable here," said Morgan.