Although President Joe Biden came into office with the apparent intention of reversing as many of his predecessor’s achievements as possible, some fellow Democrats are criticizing him for carrying on one controversial policy.
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and other progressive politicos have spoken out in recent days against the Biden administration’s decision to reopen a migrant detention facility for children.
“No matter the administration or party”
The New York Democrat has even started a fundraising campaign aimed at initiating immigration reform.
Ocasio-Cortez led her party’s charge against the Trump administration’s border policies and continued her opprobrium this week in light of the newly reopened facility in Texas.
The Department of Health and Human Services announced the decision in a statement this week, describing the purpose of the Carrizo Springs facility as that of a temporary holding site for migrant children between the ages of 13 and 17. It will reportedly be able to hold up to 700 minors.
In a statement subsequent statement, Ocasio-Cortez proclaimed: “This is not okay, never has been okay, never will be okay — no matter the administration or party.”
While she has been consistent in addressing the issue, her rhetoric was notably fierier under the Trump administration when she compared the child detention facilities to concentration camps.
“It’s a temporary reopening during COVID-19”
For her part, White House press secretary Jen Psaki has done her best to dance around the issue when pressed by reporters.
“And to ensure the health and safety of these kids, HHS took steps to open an emergency facility to add capacity, where these children can be provided the care they need while they are safely — before they are safely placed with families and sponsors,” she said on Tuesday.
Psaki went on to assert that “it’s a temporary reopening during COVID-19” and that the administration’s “intent is very much to close it, but we want to make sure we can follow COVID protocols.”
In furtherance of her opposition to the current immigration system, Ocasio-Cortez is asking her supporters to provide $3 to help fund “resources to organize and win” in her calls for reform.
Specifically, she is looking to implement the Roadmap to Freedom Resolution, which was introduced by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) last month. Among other things, the bill seeks to end migrant family detention centers as well as provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants living in the United States.