The Latest: Trump says Dems exaggerated border conditions

The Latest: Trump says Dems exaggerated border conditions ,

President Donald Trump is pushing back against a freshman congresswoman’s description of border conditions.

Earlier this month, progressive firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., was among a group of House members who visited three Texas border stations. Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday that the congresswoman “made that up.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is telling a congressional committee that the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border involving children and other migrants is needlessly cruel.

The freshman New Yorker was among four Democrats and four Republican lawmakers who offered sharply contrasting views about why the surge of migrants at the border has morphed into a humanitarian crisis.

At the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Ocasio-Cortez called President Donald Trump’s hardline policies “a policy of dehumanization.”

Freshman Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan was near tears at times when she said, “We do have a crisis at our border. It is one of morality.”

Republican lawmakers blamed Democrats for blocking sufficient aid to improve conditions and posing as helping while doing little. Texas Rep. Chip Roy said Democrats who visited the border recently were “putting on a show in front of fences for the media.”

A Democratic House committee chairman says the Trump administration’s now-abandoned policy of separating migrant children from their families as they crossed the U.S. Mexico border was a tactic to discourage future immigrants but could damage the children for their entire lives.

Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings made the remarks Friday as his House Oversight and Reform Committee opened a hearing on the treatment of apprehended children and conditions in border detention centers. The panel’s top Republican is Ohio’s Jim Jordan, who says President Donald Trump’s hard-line immigration policies .

 

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