Have you ever given it any thought? Have you really? What kind of person decides to become an ICE agent or, more relevantly these days, a Border Control officer?
So thankless or, now, so nearly impossible are these jobs that you must believe these men and women leave home each day, much as policemen do, intent on doing some good? Why else would they do so? To pick up a paycheck? Surely, there are easier ways to earn one’s daily bread, or more visceral ways to make your life, to some extent, more worthwhile.
The latter is what Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., would have you believe. In her mind, there is no reason or logic as to what the Border Control does. As she sees it, these agents are little different from Hitler’s SS, in that their job is to run “concentration camps” at the border while making detainees drink “toilet water.”
This can be construed in many minds as the real irrational, illogical, and highly visceral position — if only it were true. But it’s not. The blood insult leveled on the Border Patrol’s employees — that, for similar reasons, they are following in the grisly footsteps of Hitler’s henchmen. That anyone, much less a member of Congress, would tender such a vile comparison takes mendacity to the unworthiest of heights.
But, understand, there’s a devil (or two or 22) in Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s details. Hers is not so much an overwrought rant — though it offers every suggestion that it is — as it is an exercise in propaganda. Her wild and inflammatory remarks are not a venting of her personal spleen, but an intentional effort to inflame public opinion.
As Brandon Judge, president of the National Border Control Council, has said, “The congresswoman is clearly using phrases designed to enrage the uninformed and to pander to a base that wants open borders and unlimited illegal immigration.”
Thus, nothing exceeds, not the use of the odious term “concentration camp” nor the “toilet water” accusation, the proverbial pale, especially when your goal is to reach other people’s emotions and produce visceral reactions. Because, if one recalls correctly, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has gone on record saying that facts don’t matter when you’re “morally right.”
That’s pretty much all we need to know about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s border songs.