Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is standing by her use of the term “concentration camp” to define the situation at the border, and historians agree.
“The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are,” she stated on Instagram. “If that doesn’t bother you, I don’t — I like, we can have, ok, whatever. I wanna talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that we should not — that ‘never again’ means something.”
Author Andrea Pitzer of “A Global History of Concentration Camps” defines concentration camp as a “mass detention of civilians without trial”
“You know, I don’t use those words lightly,” Ocasio-Cortez explained. “I don’t use those words to just throw bombs. I use that word because that is what an administration that creates concentration camps is.”
Concentration camp deaths are usually a result of poor conditions, overcrowding, and scarce resources, not purposeful extermination. So far, 24 adults and six children have died while in U.S. custody under Trump and plenty reports exist citing the poor conditions immigrants are kept under while at the camps.
“A presidency that creates concentration camps is fascist and it’s very difficult to say that, because it is very difficult to accept the fact that that is how bad things have gotten,” Ocasio-Cortez said.