The Power of Rethoric: AOC Calls Immigration Camps “Concentration Camps”

Are the prisons where undocumented immigrants, including those legally seeking asylum, are held “concentration camps”? By calling them that, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez created a controversy that has ensnared her critics from the right and left.

The argument that immigrant camps are concentration camps is not new. Journalist Jonathan Katz made it last week on the pages of the LA Times while Holocaust and genocide studies historian Waitman Wade Beorn explained to Esquire that[c]oncentration camps in general have always been designed—at the most basic level—to separate one group of people from another group. Usually, because the majority group, or the creators of the camp, deem the people they’re putting in it to be dangerous or undesirable in some way.

Of course, none of them have the power of creating the controversy and media frenzy that AOC has, so it wasn’t until she posted the video above on her instagram account, that the corporate media predictably jumped to attack her – just as the US Senate voted on a a bill to address the humanitarian situation at the border.

There is nothing that the corporate media likes to do more than attack AOC, and this proved a prime subject to do so on – but these attacked required the attackers to actually take a more or less in depth look at how immigration facilities in the US operate. Something which many have tried to avoid even thinking about.

Once again, AOC managed to bring attention to an issue many would prefer to ignore.

Kudos to AOC for her brilliant political and rhetorical abilities.