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Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reiterated her claim Friday that migrant detainees told her they were instructed to drink water out of toilets.
“When these women tell me that they were put into a cell and that their sink was not working — and we tested the sink ourselves and the sink was not working — and they were told to drink out of a toilet bowl, I believe them,” Ocasio-Cortez said during a House oversight committee hearing on the border crisis.
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“I believed these women. I believed the canker sores that I saw in their mouths because they were only allowed to be fed un-nutricious food,” she continued, her voice beginning to crack.
“And what was worst about this Mr. Chairman, was the fact that there were American flags hanging all over these facilities,” she said.
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The New York congresswoman’s testimony came days after she first said, upon touring a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detention facility near the southern border, that women in custody were given no fresh water and had to drink out of toilet bowls.
The allegation, retweeted over 50 thousand times, created a firestorm in the media and drew heavy pushback from CBP officials.
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The agency put out a statement directly refuting the idea that migrants drink out of toilets, and the CBP Deputy Commissioner Robert Perez said he never “heard of that type of allegation being made” in his nearly 30 years of working...
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