Monday evening on Instagram Live, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responded to reports that Fort Sill in Oklahoma is being used as a detention center for Latin American migrants captured at the border, denouncing the Trump administration for "running concentration camps on our southern border."
During World War Two, Fort Sill was used as an internment camp for Japanese-Americans suspected of sympathizing with or aiding Japan in the war.
"That is exactly what they are. They are concentration camps," Ocasio-Cortez said. "This is not just about the immigrant communities being held in concentration camps, this is a crisis on if America will remain America in its principles and values, or if we are losing to an authoritarian and fascist presidency."
"I don’t use those words lightly," she 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. A presidency that creates concentration camps is fascist, and it’s very difficult to say that."
"The fact that concentration camps are now an institutionalized practice in the home of the free is extraordinarily disturbing, and we need to do something about it,” she added.