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AOC screamed threateningly at Border Patrol agents during southern border visit: report

She said women were being forced to drink from toilets

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) reportedly had a contentious visit to immigrant detention facilities in Texas on Monday, according to The Washington Examiner.

Examiner reporter Anna Giaritelli tweeted Monday that Ocasio-Cortez "screamed at law enforcement agents 'in a threatening manner'" during her visit with other members of the House of Representatives.

Ocasio-Cortez's own description of her visit, while not addressing whether or not any screaming occurred, painted a picture of tensions with Customs and Border Protection agents over their behavior and treatment of detainees.

"Just left the 1st CBP facility," Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter. "I see why CBP officers were being so physically & sexually threatening towards me. 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."

The freshman Democrat also recounted a conversation she had with one of the detainees after she "forced" her way into a cell.

"After I forced myself into a cell w/ women & began speaking to them, one of them described their treatment at the hands of officers as 'psychological warfare' — 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?'

"Now I'm on my way to Clint, where the Trump admin was denying children toothpaste and soap," she continued. "This has been horrifying so far. 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 visit to facilities in El Paso and Clint, Texas, included more than a dozen other representatives and was organized by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

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