Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) lambasted congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Monday for her comparison of the migrants trekking toward the U.S. in the latest Central American caravan to the Jews who fled Germany during the Holocaust and other targets of genocide.
Thousands of migrants from Central American have crossed into Mexico with the intention of crossing the border into the U.S. Most of them are young single men.
Approximately 6,000 U.S. troops have been helping to bolster border security efforts in anticipation of the migrants’ arrival — and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis revealed last Wednesday that President Donald Trump had given him the authority to use lethal force, if necessary, to guard the safety and well-being of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel.
The CBP revealed that some migrants “attempted to illegally enter the U.S.,” noting that “those persons were stopped and turned back to Mexico.”
Some migrants also threw what appeared to be rocks at officials.
Ocasio-Cortez (pictured above left) responded to a tweet from NBC News over the weekend with a picture depicting “a migrant family, part of a caravan of thousands traveling from Central America en route to the United States, [that] runs away from tear gas in front of the U.S.-Mexico border wall in Tijuana, Mexico.”