Obama-era Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan said recent accusations by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) about the men and women who protect the southern border were "wrong" and "reckless."

The freshman House Democrat, speaking to her followers on Instagram Live Wednesday, said border agents are mistreating illegal immigrants and asylum-seekers based on their "national origin."

"At least I’m not trying to cage children at the border and inject them with drugs. That’s not a mistake, that’s just hatred," she said during a diatribe against Republicans.  

Morgan responded on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," saying he would attempt to restrain his comments about Ocasio-Cortez's rhetoric. 

"The United States Border Patrol should be applauded," he said, explaining agents have been doing the best they can since 2014, as facilities became overcrowded and they scrambled to find solutions for the safety and security of those being detained.

Carlson said Ocasio-Cortez is accusing Americans of "being cruel for cruelty's sake" and it's shocking to hear from a member of Congress. Morgan said based on 30 years of public service, the current border crisis is the worst it has ever been. 

He said American immigration laws are broken and authorities cannot handle the number of family units who are making the trip to the border. Morgan said from his experience, the men and women of the Border Patrol care for the children in custody "like their own."

Earlier this week, former Obama DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson confirmed there is a "crisis" at the southern border, with the number of apprehensions going beyond what he witnessed while serving in the Obama administration.  

"By anyone's definition, by any measure, right now we have a crisis at our southern border," Johnson told Neil Cavuto.

Earlier in the week, CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said the border was at its "breaking point" and that there were not enough agents to respond to the crisis.

Watch the full interview above and Tucker's monologue on the immigration issues below. 

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