Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) claimed without evidence on Wednesday that U.S. officials are "deliberately" trying to "cage children and inject them with drugs" because "of their national origin."
Ocasio-Cortez made the remarks while streaming an Instagram live video of herself drinking and assemblying furniture in her apartment.
While attacking Republicans for calling out her mistakes, Ocasio-Cortez said: "At least I’m not trying to cage children at the border and inject them with drugs. That’s not a mistake. That is a deliberate policy to attack people based on their national origin. That’s not a mistake, that’s just hatred. That’s just cruelty. That’s just wrong!"
Last month, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told the Democrat controlled House Homeland Security Committee that DHS does not "use cages for children."
"To my knowledge, [Customs and Border Protection] never purposefully put a child in a cage if you mean a cage like this," Nielsen said, noting that are kept in "areas of the border facility that are carved out for the safety and protection of those that remain there while they’re being processed."