Watch: AOC Slams Mitch McConnell For Promoting Mistreatment Of Migrant Children
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) called for a humanitarian bill after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) attempted to ram through a bill that does nothing more than fund more military on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Ocasio-Cortez appeared on CNN on Thursday where she slammed the Republican-led Senate for refusing to pass a bill that would give migrant children the basic needs to live in a sanitary environment.
“As you know, the news just came down. I haven’t had the opportunity to look at the Senate version. However, I will say I would only support this type of funding if there are strong enough guardrails, strong enough measures so that the administration has to use any money that’s appropriated specifically to improve the living conditions of the children who are being impacted by this detention,” the freshman congresswoman told CNN’s Jake Tapper.
She said that the first thing she hopes they do is end detentions entirely but until that is done, she at least wants to get supplies to the border.
“We need to end this detention. I also recognize that we want to make sure that children have what they need,” she went on. “The problem is that this administration has a habit and a pattern of taking money that was meant to be spent in one way, and using it in another way.”
“So I understand the concern very much that, you know, you need to be sure that there are enough guard rails in place that they could take this money that’s supposed to do go to the living conditions of children and spend it in another way, and they need to accelerate getting these children out of these facilities and into the homes of relatives that live in the United States, or care givers in their homes that will be better living conditions. We don’t want to prolong children living in these types of conditions,” she explained.
“I believe what we should ideally be doing is passing a pure humanitarian bill to get money straight to the kids,” she told Tapper. “No tricks, no riders, no poison pills. Toothpaste, tooth brushes, soap and make sure the kids are protected as well as having the resources funded. The fact this is even a game is frankly a huge, huge disappointment.”
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