Republican Georgia Rep. Jody Hice recently took a tour of an immigration holding facility in Texas to dispel what Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has said was a manufactured crisis where detainees are drinking toilet water.
One of Hice’s videos show him physically drinking from the tap of a water fountain just above the toilet where a sign overhead reads “potable water.”
“Migrants have potable water, have shelter, and are being fed,” later adding, “The constant attacks against our brave border patrol agents must stop!”
The media, including prominent organizations like BuzzFeed, The New Yorker and CNN, first reported Ocasio-Cortez’s claim within hours of her tweeting out false statements.
Border patrol chief Brian Hastings denied Ocasio-Cortez’s statements. He unequivocally stated fresh drinking water is provided to people in custody.
Although the water remaining empties into the bowl of the toilet by design, the water is completely safe to consume. Potable water is water that is safe to drink or use in food preparation.
Hice goes on to tweet at the House Democrats and videotapes himself in a stockroom at the facility he toured to show the resources readily available to immigrants such as toothpaste and soap.
The falsehoods from @HouseDemocrats that migrants don’t have access to basic supplies like toothpaste and soap are flat out wrong. Today, I stood in a warehouse full of these items.
— Rep. Jody Hice (@CongressmanHice) July 29, 2019
Media outlets also failed to accurately report on border patrol agents dispelling misinformation about detention facilities by drinking water from a “toilet sink tap.”
A patrol agent named Roy Villareal took a video crew on a tour of a Tucson facility.
In the video, he said, “My goal today is to dispel some of the misinformation that’s out there in regards to our detention facilitates. Aliens are not forced to drink out of a toilet. Aliens have options. Fresh water provided on a regular basis in a water cooler. There is also water provided in… this is a combination of a toilet and a sink providing fresh water.”