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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez demanded to be sworn in to testify to Congress about the migrant crisis at the southern border Friday, saying she wanted to counter Republican accusations that she is lying about it.
The firebrand was accompanied by two members of her 'squad' - Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressly - as she stood to take the oath in front of a congressional committee, to the surprise of its chair, Elijah Cummings.
Hours - President - Donald - Trump - Migrants
Hours earlier President Donald Trump said she was lying when she said migrants in one detention center she had visited were forced to drink water out the toilet.
She was among Democrats who've visited the southern border who accused Trump of cruelty, while Republicans said Democrats were playing politics but doing little to help as the parties clashed at a House hearing over who's to blame for squalid conditions facing migrants detained entering the U.S.
Duel - Heat - Trump - Immigration - Policies
In an extraordinary duel that underscored the political heat emitted by Trump's hard-line immigration policies, four lawmakers from each party who've visited the U.S.-Mexico boundary testified to the House Oversight and Reform Committee about what they've seen and came to starkly different conclusions.
The hearing came as the number of families, children and other migrants entering the U.S. from Mexico has surged above 100,000 monthly since March, overwhelming federal agencies' ability to detain them in sanitary conditions and highlighting the issue as the 2020 presidential and congressional campaigns are in their early stages.
'It - Policy - Rep - Ocasio-Cortez - D-NY
'It is a policy of dehumanizing,' said Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., one of four high-profile Democratic freshmen who testified.
They were among a larger group of Democrats who visited Texas border facilities last week and returned reporting overloaded, fetid facilities and said detained women spoke of being told to drink from toilets and eat unhealthy food.
'What was worse about it was the fact that there were American...
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