'The Truth Will Set You Free': Pastor Refutes Ocasio-Cortez Portrayal of Border Conditions

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(Worthy News) - On Monday the President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, who toured the same Texas border facility maligned by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, disputed the freshman congresswoman’s characterization.

Reverend Samuel Rodriguez, who served as an immigration adviser for presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama before Trump, went to the El Paso Station with a team of 7 pastors shortly after a delegation of 14 Democrats joined by Ocasio-Cortez made the same trip.

“Even as a veteran of immigration advocacy in the U.S., I was shocked at the misinformation of the crisis at the border," Rodriguez told Fox News.

Far from the communist-style detention camp depicted by the freshman congresswoman—which in her rendition involved Iron Curtain-era torture methods such as sleep deprivation and forced consumption of toilet water employed by agents against migrants—Rodriguez said the facility was not lacking in necessities or sanitation, with Pastor Tony Stewart, who joined the delegation, adding that many of the largely Hispanic border agents were in tears over the mischaracterization.

“Pastor Sam, what they’re saying about us is completely false. We care about these kids and have a passion for our calling,” the immigration officers reportedly told Rodriguez.

Reports surfaced about Ocasio-Cortez's infamous trip to the facility this week, which, according to her, unearthed evidence of border agents forcing a migrant woman to drink out of a toilet.

Former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director Tom Homan told Fox News the misimpression could have come from a joint sink-and-toilet unit present in many facilities, which nevertheless was designed to save space, not to humiliate detainees, and had separate water lines.

[T]hey are designed that way to try to save space and make it more comfortable for the people who are in those facilities,” he explained.

Rodriguez opined that, despite the scurrilous caricatures of Ocasio-Cortez, no one, right or left, was justified in allowing the immigration crisis to unfold the way it has.

“What's heart-wrenching is that we have both Republicans and Democrats alike in Congress, who can't come together for the purpose of doing the right thing and finding a solution to our immigration crisis,” he concluded, calling on both parties to humble themselves and “address the system they created.”

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3 thoughts on “'The Truth Will Set You Free': Pastor Refutes Ocasio-Cortez Portrayal of Border Conditions”

  1. There are always, at least, two sides to any argument.

    The USA could be providing the best there is for detained refugees from South of it's borders (which it isn't), and there still be a woman (or a man, or a child) being abused by some individual customs agent, or employee. Stuff happens. Racism is more often a case (and cases, plural) of some abuser abusing whomever they can. If they couldn't, it wouldn't (happen.) And that's the truth. The reason various people pick on, say, white folks, or black people, those with Mexican ancestry, or short people, Native peoples, etc etc etc, is because they can. Again, if they couldn't, it wouldn't (happen.)

    Perhaps the USA should stop hiring Corrections Officers from it's US prisons to staff Border holding facilities? Just a suggestion. That might improve things a great deal. Get some real humans staffing the places. Instead of those with no hearts or souls. Then, let those new employees turn in Suggestions (anonymously, if necessary) so that what needs to get done to make their stays humane might get done. There really is nothing quite like getting Corrections done by those who most are "in the know." We might let a few prisoners make some Suggestions also. Like I said, let's let those "who are in the know," suggest the changes.

    What is much more bothering is Ms. Ocasio-Cortez's inability to see truth and fact, and the consequences of both her statements and what will happen if/when her ideas become realities. That's a real problem for a federal Congressperson, not having a view to the consequences. Not being able to incorporate facts with the fiction she's apparently been told. It's also a failing of youth, goes with the territory.

    She has stated, shortly after her win in NY, "And so I do think that right now we have this no-holds-barred, Wild West hyper-capitalism. What that means is profit at any cost. Capitalism has not always existed in the world, and it will not always exist in the world. When this country started, we were not a capitalist [nation], we did not operate on a capitalist economy."

    Wow. Really? The USA did not operate on a capitalist economy, at it's beginning? What economy, then, did it have? What country was she looking at? Because I've studied this out long and hard, for decades, and never found another economic system the USA was using back then. Perhaps she was referring to slavery? In the southern states, it was based on the slavery of other human beings.

    More than that, none of the first 13 US States would have even thought of electing her as a Congressperson. Only men could gain such ranks. She would barely have been allowed to inherit if her husband had died. Or bought property if she was born rich. Or gained riches through (only) Capitalism. Gaining riches by inheriting is part of Captialism. That's not Socialism.

    It's a bit difficult at this end of the argument to take people whose whole careers and ensuing livelihoods are based upon the literal human sacrifices of their own and/or their friends pre-born offspring. Which is worse, an economy based on abortion, so that women can have the same rights to act like depraved fools as men have had the "freedom" to do since Cain (approximately), or an economy set on the enslavement, and abuse, of other born human beings? Or both? Because they both are often part and parcel with Capitalism. Not necessary parts, just common parts. One dark economy is more visible than the other, but both are Capitalistic. Planned Parenthood isn't working for free. and now that their abortion servicings have been put into disrepute, they have ramped up moving that part of their industry over to the UK. It goes hand in hand with the promoting of Pscho(heresy)Therapy and the UK Fab Four opened the door recently for PP's industry to had at Socialism there via it's NHS. But I digress.

    Back to the USA. like I said, PP doesn't work for free. It's not really Socialism though it certainly promotes Socialism. And it didn't exist at the founding (or for a long time after) of the USA.

    The USA began as several things, it was seen as a resource. Trappers and miners were sent over to rape the resources of this "New Land." Colonists were sent over (by England, primarily) by various nations to farm land, to feed Europe. And not for free. What was given freely was tracts of lands to various Governor's and military men (and their families) resulting in a new type of aristocracy in America. Until, it decided to go to war to be Independent of England and it's King George. Later, California would do much the same to join the US States which had already done it sucessfully. All of those economies were capitalistic.

    They were not always biblical. Though in many cases biblical "charity" was involved. Not always, but often. Socialism had not even been invented during those first years for the USA. All three things need to be faced and dealt with. The USA was Capitalistic in it's USA type of beginnings as one nation. Most (if not all) of the world's economies were (various forms of) Capitalistic. Until Socialism was invented as a result of Lenin and Marx (mostly) oppressive tyrannies and benevolent Monarchies, both, were usually Capitalistic. Capitalism is a private system of buying and selling and owning of material goods and/or services.

    Folks, slavery is a capitalistic economy. That it buys and sells and uses (for free) the services (forced, and non-forced) of it's slaves. That is one of the dark sides of slavery and it has many dark sides, with few good attributes. Not every Capitalistic economy allows the buying and selling of human beings, but some do. England had it and legislated it back out of England. Though England had an economy before the buying and selling of African's. The US States didn't. At the beginnings (founding) of the USA, some of the US States couldn't come up with an alternative to slavery. So, the southern states went to war to try to save their way of life.

    All of that was Capitalistic. Each type of an economy has Pros and Cons. Not every capitalistic society has to involve slavery. However, the USA began with Indentured Servants and Apprenticeships. Both categories having elements of slavery to them. In fact, there's little difference, if any, between a "slave" in the Hebrew Bible and an Indentured Servant in the founding of the USA. Other than that, what is she talking about? Apparently, since Ms. Ocasio-Cortez did not grow up in a totally capitalistic society, she doesn't know what one looks like.

    Ms. Ocasio-Cortez makes the same error so many her age (29, maybe 30 now) do. It's the same error in speaking many of us who are much older still make also. It's an error our President Trump makes a little too often also. That is, not having all the facts before we speak. That turns into repeating lies told to us as if they are truth, because we just believed it. Perhaps she's been told that Progressive Medicare will save our country billions and billions so she repeats it as fact. If the USA doesn't stop paying for all it's "Kangaroo Courts" and Psychological Counselling for every little (invented) thing, nothing will save it. The US coffers are being raped every second of every day, and it's taking the USA down. As are all the mental illness labels now tattooed (usually, invisibly) across most peoples foreheads.

    That is what Socialism is doing for the USA. Progressive Medicare will only open the trough bigger, not better for anyone living in it. And the USA never had such a thing in it's early days.

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