The Morning Briefing: AOC Reports Migrants Forced to Drink Toilet Cocktails at Border

Good Tuesday morning.

Here is what's on the president's agenda today:

  • The president has no public events scheduled.

AOC votes against humanitarian aid for border, finds humanitarian crisis at the border

A congressional delegation went to visit the border facilities yesterday. "Tense" is how The Hill describes it.  This is not the first congressional delegation to visit the border, but it's the first time we've heard the kinds of reports that were delivered by #resistance politicians. Even the Doctors' Caucus did not return with such reports. This was a stunt straight up. It was obvious what AOC et al. were going to "report" before she even entered Texas. Keep in mind that AOC voted (twice) to deny humanitarian aid to these facilities. The NYT proudly reported of their darling. “I will not fund another dime to allow ICE to continue its manipulative tactics,” Representative AOC said heading into a meeting with Pelosi last week. I guess beds, soap and toothpaste are manipulative. Nevertheless, the humanitarian aid bill passed and the president signed it.

The Border Patrol has been ringing the alarm bell for months and months about the limited facilities and capacity for all these migrants while the Democrats denied a crisis and said Trump is making it up. I guess not, eh?

Reuters uncritically prints AOC's useful political propaganda:

Migrants held at a border patrol station in Texas were subjected to psychological abuse and told to drink out of toilets, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said after a visit with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to the main border patrol facility in El Paso.

The tour, which also included a visit to a Clint, Texas, facility, followed reports from a government watchdog that immigrants were being housed in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions.

But her account and tweetstorm are much different than what the Washington Examiner reports. According to Anna Giaritelli, AOC "screamed at federal law enforcement agents 'in a threatening manner' during a visit to a Border Patrol facility in El Paso, Texas, and refused to tour the facility, according to two people who witnessed the incident."

“She comes out screaming at our agents, right at the beginning [of the tour] … Crying and screaming and yelling,” said one witness who said he was stunned by the outburst in front of approximately 40 people.

“The agents, they wanted to respond, but they held back because she’s a congressional delegate. But when you have someone yelling at you in a threatening manner … ” the same person said. “They were like, ‘Hey, you need to kinda step back.’”

And here's the other side of the "drinking from the toilet" story: “So this is what happened with the migrant and drinking water from toilet: she wanted water, didn’t know how to use the faucet in the cell, and drank from the toilet. She never told AOC that we made her drink from the toilet. AOC, of course, changed it … This was when she [the migrant] was apprehended and brought into the facility,” according to the agent. The sinks in prisons are part of the same unit as the toilet.

If these horror stories are true, why haven't any other congressional visitors reported such atrocities? And it's hard to believe that the agents were on such bad behavior in front of a congressional delegation, the people responsible for dishing out the funding. The facility is under surveillance and the Border Patrol is trying to release the video in response to AOC's allegations.

A Border Patrol official familiar with the sector’s media and congressional visits said the city’s congresswoman, Veronica Escobar, has been through stations “15 times” but did not respond in the same way as her colleague on Monday. Later in the visit, the first official said Escobar "yelled" at El Paso Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Hull about its care of detainees.

Like I said, a stunt.

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Border Patrol's has a secret Facebook group

If you are writing stuff on the internet, even if it's "secret" or "private," it's really not. Your email is likely stored on the cloud somewhere if you are using the popular "free" services and if you are posting on Facebook, it certainly is not private because Facebook has it. Big Tech doesn't like people who deviate from the accepted progressive political orthodoxy, so be warned.

ProPublica broke a story yesterday about a "secret" Facebook group with almost 10,000 people allegedly working for the Border Patrol. Some of the posts were sent to ProPublica, who explained how they got information about the secret group:

[We] received images of several recent discussions in the 10-15 Facebook group and was able to link the participants in those online conversations to apparently legitimate Facebook profiles belonging to Border Patrol agents, including a supervisor based in El Paso, Texas, and an agent in Eagle Pass, Texas. ProPublica has so far been unable to reach the group members who made the postings.

The conversations in the "secret" group are not nice. They feed right into left's claim that the Border Patrol agents are there just to harass and degrade migrants. They also don't like AOC.

It's bad but we don't know how many people in this group are actual BP agents, we don't know who in the group was active, we don't know anything about the other things in the group that don't feed into the left's demonization of the Border Patrol. The Border Patrol Agency is looking into the matter.

“These posts are completely inappropriate and contrary to the honor and integrity I see—and expect—from our agents day in and day out," U.S. Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost said in a statement to Fox News. "Any employees found to have violated our standards of conduct will be held accountable.”

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And that's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mob!