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Border Patrol Refutes Ocasio-Cortez Over ‘Toilet Water’ Claims, Gives Video Tour Of Facility

Virginia Kruta Associate Editor

Arizona Border Patrol fired back Wednesday at claims made by Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, offering a video tour of an Arizona processing facility.

“Here is a look at the inside of a #BorderPatrol processing center with Chief Patrol Agent of #TucsonSector Roy Villareal,” read the tweet from CBP Arizona’s official Twitter account.

CBP Arizona Chief Patrol Agent Roy Villareal, saying that his intent was “to dispel some of the misinformation that’s out there,” was careful to point out many of the things Ocasio-Cortez and others had claimed that detainees did not have, such as clean diapers, clean clothing, snacks and toothbrushes.

Ocasio-Cortez followed her criticism on border conditions with a “no” vote on a humanitarian aid bill, arguing that support for the Senate’s version of the bill would only give the administration incentive to “build more camps.” (RELATED: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Claims CBP Culture Is ‘Violent’ Following Report On Facebook Group)

Just a few days later, Ocasio-Cortez visited the border with a small delegation of Congressional Democrats, coming out of the detention centers with horror stories about over-crowded, unsanitary conditions and border patrol agents who had allegedly told migrant women to drink water from the toilet.

Several border patrol officials — and others — responded to Ocasio-Cortez after her visit, arguing that the conditions, while not ideal, were not like she said.