Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made some highly controversial and misleading comments earlier this week about a migrant detention facility.
In response, the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol released a video proving that she lied by claiming that migrant women are being forced to drink water from the toilet.
“Good afternoon,” Chief Patrol Agent of the Border Patrol’s Tuscon Sector, Roy Villareal, says into the camera at the start of the video.
“Today is July 3rd. My goal today is to dispel some of the misinformation that’s out there in regards to our detention facilities. So, come with me,” he said, before walking to a nearby supply room.
“This is a supply room that is typical in every one of the stations in Tuscon sector,” he says.
Pointing out supplies around the room, Villareal says: “What we have supplies of are diapers, baby wipes, clothing for children, marked by gender, age. Clothing for men and women. We’ve got supplies… These are feminine hygiene products that are readily available for any of the detainees.”
“Now, come with me as we go into one of our detention cells. Here in front of me is a supply cart that is available to families and unaccompanied children,” he says, stopping at a cart stocked with goods. “Baby formula, crackers, raisins, tuna fish, Mylar blankets.”
Picking up a packaged toothbrush, he says: “Here’s one of the aspects, there’s a lot of misinformation that we are not allowing people to brush their teeth,” in a reference to reports that migrants claiming they had not been given regular access to toothbrushes or toothpaste.
“This is a toothbrush that is pre-loaded with toothpaste and it’s provided to everyone and readily available should they want more than one,” Villareal says.
“Now, let’s look at the biggest misinformation… Come into the cell with me,” he says with a gesture. “Aliens are not forced to drink out of the toilet,” the chief patrol agent says, upon entering the cell.
“Aliens have options. There’s fresh water that’s provided on a regular basis in a water cooler. There’s also water that’s provided in, this is a combination toilet and sink and the sink provides fresh water,” he says, before filling a paper cup with the water and pointing out the words “agua potable,” meaning drinkable water, printed on the wall.
“There’s nothing wrong with this water,” he says, before taking a sip.
He concludes: “We’re not forcing aliens to drink out of the toilet.”
— CBP Arizona (@CBPArizona) July 4, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez and other Democrats took a trip to a CBP facility on Monday, and it was no doubt a publicity stunt.
After accusing them of making her feel “unsafe” and forcing migrants to drink water from the toilet, several Border Patrol agents have responded to Ocasio-Cortez’s ludicrous accusations.
The New York socialist lawmaker claimed — without providing a shred of evidence — that CBP officers told detained women to drink from the toilets while Ocasio-Cortez was standing there.
Multiple CBP officials said that Ocasio-Cortez was lying.