Jerry Nadler: Border Agency Chiefs Should Be Prosecuted For Child Abuse
House Judiciary Committee Chairman responds to Democrats' visit to the border facility
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler has called for the heads of border and immigration agencies to face criminal prosecution for child abuse within the border detention facilities.
The New York Democrat told MSNBC’s, Rachel Maddow:
“This is inhuman. Frankly, I think it’s criminal."
“There ought to be criminal prosecutions of some of the agency heads and some of the people for child abuse. This is clearly child abuse. It violates probably half a dozen laws," he said.
Nadler was taking his comments from reports of the 13 House Democrats' visit the border facility in El Paso, Texas, earlier on Monday.
According to the lawmakers, some Central American migrants had limited supplies of water.
Taking part in the visits was New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who claimed that some migrants were forced to drink toilet water.
But when pressed on her claims, AOC refused to answer.
Ocasio-Cortez was also reportedly seen "screaming" at US Border Patrol agents and acting in a "threatening manner" while visiting immigration facilities, according to reports from multiple witnesses.
Presdient of the National Border Patrol Council called out Ocasio-Cortez for her claims about her visit to several U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) sites housing migrants.
SCOOP: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., screamed at federal law enforcement agents “in a threatening manner” during a visit to a U.S. Border Patrol facility in El Paso, Texas, Monday afternoon and refused to tour the facility, according to two people who witnessed it.— Anna Giaritelli (@Anna_Giaritelli) July 1, 2019
“I’m calling on CBP to release that footage, so they clearly show that she was treated with the utmost dignity and respect,” Judd said.
“Nobody is forced to drink out of a toilet, and nobody is told to drink out of a toilet,” Judd explained.
“Its completely and totally a baseless and ridiculous allegation and frankly it needs to be investigated, and she needs to be exposed.”
Judd said Ocasio-Cortez was misleading the nation by painting a false picture.
When asked if AOC's claim that migrants were subjected to “psychological warfare” by officials waking them at odd hours and calling them derogative names, Judd responded:
“Where is the proof? It’s very easy to throw out these allegations and say this is what’s happening.”
“Let the cameras speak …The cameras will prove her wrong, and they will prove that she is being false.”
Nadler declines to say who at the immigration and border agencies should face criminal charges for child abuse.