Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez drew criticism after she said the United States is “running concentration camps on our southern border” during an Instagram live.
She said: “The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border and that is exactly what they are.
I want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that ‘never again’ means something and that the fact that concentration camps are now in institutionalised practise in the home of the free is extraordinarily disturbing.
We need to do something about it. This week children – immigrant children – were moved to the same internment camps that the Japanese were held in the earlier twentieth century and this is not just about immigrant communities being held in concentration camps being a crisis, this is a crisis for ourselves.
A crisis on if America will remain America.
Some people online took offence to calling them "concentration camps," accusing her of hyperbole.
The Holocaust is "not a political prop".
In response to criticism, AOC doubled down on her comments.
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.
One historian agreed that Trump is putting immigrants into concentration camps.
Others followed suit.
Including a former US Holocaust Memorial Museum worker.
And Jewish people are endorsing AOC's statements too.
"Never again is now."
The Trump administration announced that it will be detaining undocumented immigrant children caught at the border at a former World War II era Japanese American internment camp.
Mitchell Maki, president and CEO of Japanese American history nonprofit Go For Broke National Education Center, told HuffPost.
The prolonged detention of migrant children is a practice that must be a critical concern for all Americans.