Tlaib says it’s a ‘very, very dark time’ because of Trump’s border policies and warns of a ‘whole generation of children who will never forget what our nation did to them’
Rep. Rashida Tlaib pledged Saturday to ‘impeach the M-fer’ in the White House and warned of life-long trauma to migrant children in border facilities.
Tlaib spoke on a panel at the Netroots Nation organizing conference in Philadelphia with fellow Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar, Debra Haaland and Ayanna Pressley about the conditions of the camps.
‘As a nation, we need to realize, we’re going to look back at this moment as a very, very dark time. We are. Not only because of who is in the White House, but more importantly because of the policies, and we’re going to look back and say, what did we do, as a nation to push against this,’ she said.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib pledged Saturday to ‘impeach the M-fer’ in the White House and warned of life-long trauma to migrant children in border facilities
Trump said Friday that Democrats’ claims about the conditions in migrant holding facilities are ‘phony,’ singling out Ocasio-Cortez’s claim they drank from toilets
‘This is a whole generation of children who will never forget what our nation did to them. They will never forget the trauma.’
Tlaib has backed up Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s claims that the detention centers are functioning as ‘concentration camps’ and said Saturday that the nation cannot look away from the border crisis.
‘The fact that, you know, we, we were holding them down and injecting them with medicine, so they could stop crying. The fact that we’re separating them away from their parents and telling them that their father and mother don’t want them any more. That kind of trauma is something that we all need to, like, not look away from, and to be able to combat it in a very aggressive way,’ she said.
Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Pressley visited a set of migrant detention facilities in Texas last week as part of a delegation of Democratic lawmakers, days before an inspector general report sounded the alarm on facility conditions.
The report warned of ‘dangerous overcrowding and prolonged detention of children and adults’ at the facilities.
Tlaib has called for Trump’s impeachment and invoked her infamous pledge to booth him from office at the start of her term in later remarks on the panel.
‘We’re going to to impeach the M-fer, don’t worry. We’re going to impeach him,’ she insisted to applause.
She said, ‘I will not back down on impeaching this lawless president.’
Trump claimed Friday that Democrats and journalists are making up detention center horror stories, hours before his vice president would witness nearly 400 men living cages at a McAllen, Texas, detention center.
‘We’re the ones that said they were crowded. They’re crowded because we have a lot of people. But they’re in good shape,’ he claimed.
The president has not visited a migrant facility himself. He said that leadership at Border Patrol and ICE called him ‘almost crying’ about news reports he alleged are fabricated.
He singled out the New York Times, and claimed, ‘They never saw anything. They have phony sources. They don’t even have sources. They write whatever they want …. They are truly the enemy of the people, I’ll tell you that. They are the enemy of the people. And what they wrote about detention centers is unfair.’
The president said he would visit one himself. I’ll be going. I’ll be going. But I’ve seen it. I’ve seen it. And these centers are — I mean, to have Ocasio say, “They’re drinking out of toilets.” She made that up, okay? That’s a phony story.’
‘I’ve been with ICE and I’ve been with Border Patrol a lot. They love those people coming across the border. They love them. And I’ve seen it. They love them,’ he claimed.