Speaking at the "Christians United For Israel" event Monday in Washington, Vice President Mike Pence blasted Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib for comparing U.S. migrant detention centers to concentration camps.
"To compare the humane work of the dedicated men and women of Customs and Border Protection with the horrors of the Holocaust is an outrage. The Nazis took lives, American law enforcement save lives every day," Pence said.
VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE: We must teach our children and our children's children the truth of what happened. We must preserve the memory of those lost for future generations. And in that same spirit, we must never allow the memory of those lost in the Holocaust to be cheapened as a cliche to advance some left-wing political narrative.
But sadly--sadly, in recent weeks, that's exactly what some Democrats have done in the national debate. Last month, a leading Democrat in Congress actually compared our U.S. Customs and Border Protection detention facilities to concentration camps. Her allies in Congress, the left, and in the media shamefully came to her defense.
As recently as yesterday morning, one of her allies in Congress was asked if they agreed with a--with comparing the noble and compassionate work done by U.S. Customs and Border Personnel at detention facilities to the concentration camps of Nazi Germany, and she answered absolutely. To compare the humane work of the dedicated men and women of Customs and Border Protection with the horrors of the Holocaust is an outrage.
The Nazis took lives. American law enforcement save lives every day.
And make no mistake about it, this slander of law enforcement was an insult to the 6 million killed in the Holocaust and it should be condemned by every American of every political party everywhere.
I promise you--I promise you, President Donald Trump and I will always honor the memory of the victims of the Holocaust, and we will always honor the service of the brave men and women of law enforcement all across this country.
The truth is, as I stand before you today, we have a crisis at our Southern border. We are actually on track this year for--to see nearly--nearly a million people come across our Southern border to take advantage of well-advertised loopholes in America's asylum laws. And for the first time in history, I've seen it firsthand, the majority of those coming across our sorghum border our families with vulnerable children who are being enticed by human traffickers and drug cartels to pay cash to bank the long and dangerous journey north, and it's a dangerous journey, fraught often with unspeakable violence and abuse.