AOC Takes the Stand

Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tore into what she called the Trump administration’s “policy of dehumanization” and stood by claims that detained migrants were told to drink out of toilet bowls at a fiery and emotional hearing about the migrant crisis at the border that featured the New York lawmaker and her freshman allies.

The House Oversight Committee hearing Friday on child separation included a host of high-profile witnesses. Among them were the freshman Democratic lawmakers — known informally as the “Squad” — who recounted their recent visit to the border, which itself became a flashpoint in the already raging debate over the migrant surge, poor conditions at detention centers and who’s to blame.

At the hearing, Ocasio-Cortez maintained: “This is a manufactured crisis because the cruelty is manufactured.”

The lawmaker — who demanded to be sworn in before her testimony despite Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., noting this was not normally done — said that blame was not to be placed on border agents, but on the Trump administration. She took aim at senior adviser Stephen Miller.