Hispanic pastors visited U.S. migrant border facilities and insisted that these camps aren't at all what some in the liberal media are making them out to be.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) visited the detention centers at the U.S.-Mexico border after branding them "concentration camps." She received heavy criticism from both sides of the aisle, but later — after having visited the camps — insisted that the facilities are as bad as she initially thought.
After a visit at the facilities in El Paso and Clint, Texas, the freshman congresswoman insisted that detainees were drinking from toilets. She also insisted that Border Patrol agents did not make her feel safe on her trip.
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Several Hispanic pastors visited the detention centers to form their own opinions on the conditions inside. They stated that the camps are both humane and well-run by federal officials.
According to Fox News, "Rev. Samuel Rodriguez was 'full of indignation' when he saw the reports and heard from politicians about the deplorable and inhumane conditions for illegal immigrants at an El Paso County, Texas, migrant detention center."
What Rodriguez saw during a visit, according to Fox News, was "drastically different" from what was being reported.
Rodriguez, who is president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, previously advised former Presidents Bush, Obama, and Trump on matters of immigration.
On Monday, he announced that he didn't feel any need to be concerned over the camps at the border.
"I read the reports, I saw the news clips," he said. "I just wanted to see what was actually happening in order to better enable our efforts to find a fair and a just solution to our broken immigration system."
"To my surprise," he continued, "I saw something drastically different from the stories I've been hearing in our national discourse. Even as a veteran of immigration advocacy in the U.S., I was shocked at the misinformation of the crisis at the border."
"We found no soiled diapers, no deplorable conditions, and no lack of basic necessities," he insisted. "We were witnessing the identical conditions the attorneys saw when they toured the facility days earlier."
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) also took aim at Ocasio-Cortez's rhetoric on the detention facilities Tuesday night during a Fox News interview.
Crenshaw argued that Democrats were simply lying about conditions of the camps.
"It's sad to see, [Ocasio-Cortez is] getting bolder with her lies on this, and this is what is actually happening, and this is what the American people need to understand," he insisted.
"People like AOC are operating off of a false premise, and it's deliberately designed to misinform the American people for her own political ends, right? Remember first there was no crisis at all, OK? Then it was a manufactured crisis, then it was a crisis completely created by Trump, then there were concentration camps, then people are Nazis," Crenshaw recalled.
"Now," he continued, "[Ocasio-Cortez is] saying that Border Patrol harassed her and forced migrants to drink out of toilets?"
Crenshaw added, "This is insanity. This is not true — there's just nobody else corroborating these kinds of reports. And yet, she's using it to try to make her case that we shouldn't have any enforcement and that we should have open borders."
"This is really dishonest behavior from a member of Congress, and I honestly can't believe it," he concluded.