Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ Claim that Border Officials Told Migrants to Drink Toilet Water Has Been Declared False
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., 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.
A group of 14 House Democrats, including Ocasio-Cortez, and
their aides kicked off their visit to the region at about 11 a.m. MST
Monday at the El Paso Station on Hondo Pass Drive.
The group was standing inside the station near an area
where migrants are held when Ocasio-Cortez left them to sit inside a
nearby holding area with a family as the other lawmakers and aides were
briefed on station operations.
“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.’”
A second official said she went in and out of the cell
during the group’s briefing nearby and returned to the group several
times to share information she had learned from detainees, including
that one person had drunk from a toilet.
The congresswoman told the group she would not go with the
13 other House Democrats on the tour of the facility and stayed with the
A second official said that while she was around agents,
Ocasio-Cortez commented at another point about an unofficial Border
Patrol Facebook page that was exposed earlier Monday for offensive content about those in custody and lawmakers, including the congresswoman.
“Something under her breath, ‘Oh, all these guys in here
are gonna f–k me.’ The agents are standing there behind the computers.
One of the agents laughed at something he was saying to another agent,
and she got irate and flipped out,” the second Border Patrol official
said. “Now they’re under investigation for it. She took it as they were
laughing at her and screams at them and says, ‘What’s so funny?’”
CBP did not immediately respond to a request for comment on
the internal affairs matter. The Border Patrol official said managers
were in the process of taking statements from agents.
The Washington Examiner submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to CBP for video of the events.
The congresswoman, who led a charge in 2018 to abolish
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, recounted the scene differently in a
social media post afterward and did not mention yelling at agents.
Watch the video at the link below that AOC posted of herself protesting at a parking lot behind a chain link fence, yelling at a couple of border agents in 2018: