New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed the Biden administration on Tuesday for reopening a Texas facility to hold migrant children.
The Bronx Democrat was reacting to a report that the emergency facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas was being reopened to hold up to 700 children ages 13 to 17.
“This is not okay, never has been okay, never will be okay — no matter the administration or party,” she tweeted.
“It’s only 2 mos into this admin & our fraught, unjust immigration system will not transform in that time. That’s why bold reimagination is so impt.”
In a separate tweet, referring to the Department of Homeland Security, Ocasio-Cortez said, “DHS shouldn’t exist, agencies should be reorganized, ICE gotta go, ban for-profit detention, create climate refugee status & more.”
The reopening at Texas and Homestead, Florida is crucial because space was limited in other facilities for undocumented children so they could social distance during the pandemic, according to The Washington Post.
Mark Weber, a Department of Health and Human Services spokesman, told the outlet that putting minors in permanent centers is ideal, but for now, they would have to stay in the influx shelters like Carrizo and Homestead.