What Conservative Pundits Are Saying About US-Mexico Border Detention Facilities


"At the time of our visits, Border Management told us there had already been security incidents among adult males at multiple facilities".

The ProPublica report further escalated the tense atmosphere the group of Democratic lawmakers found on their scheduled tour of facilities in Clint and El Paso.

"How can anybody look at these photos and think this isn't a human rights abuse?" Wilmer Josué Ramírez Vásquez is one of five children to die after being detained by border agents since late past year.

Over the past few weeks, the crisis at the border has gained renewed attention thanks to reports about the inhumane conditions at border detention centers.

Republicans have been running on an immigration platform that would secure borders, but also process immigrants that are seeking asylum faster.

"The Trump Administration's actions at the southern border are grotesque and dehumanizing", Committee chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings said in a statement. "Great job by Border Patrol, above and beyond". They took that information anecdotally to interviews with children, with children mind you, from the age of 2 to the age of 17.

Costello said staff from her office had toured five Border Patrol holding facilities in Texas's Rio Grande Valley in early June and observed "serious overcrowding and prolonged detention of unaccompanied alien children, families, and single adults". "Any employees found to have violated our standards of conduct will be held accountable".

The existence of the group was reported by ProPublica as roughly a dozen members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, including Democrats Ocasio-Cortez of NY and Veronica Escobar of Texas, toured border facilities where attorneys said they had found migrant children living in fetid, filthy conditions. "How on earth can CBP's culture be trusted to care for refugees humanely?" Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost said in a statement that the behavior exhibited in the ProPublica screenshots contradicts CBP's expected values.

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A photo the inspectors took at the Weslaco Border Patrol station shows a crowded room with families covered in mylar blankets, sleeping side-by-side on a concrete floor. "Similarly, when Rep. Ocasio-Cortez refers to CBP facilities as concentration camps. she does nothing to improve the political discourse".

The demonstrations were fueled by fears the Trump administration is preparing a roundup of immigrants who are in the country illegally.

Border-wide apprehensions fell 30% to 100,037 in June from 144,278 in May, including people who appeared at border crossings and were deemed inadmissible, the Mexican government said on Tuesday, citing U.S. Customs and Border Protection data. It is hard to imagine conditions more worthy of an outburst than those in which the USA government has killed seven migrant children and imprisoned thousands more. Around 7,500 people are detained there now, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Mexico's government, citing unpublished USA data, said migrant arrests at the border fell 30% in June from the previous month after it started a migration crackdown as part of a deal with the United States to avoid possible trade tariffs.

This report comes on the heels of a similar report in May about overcrowding during inspections of holding facilities in El Paso.

US Democratic presidential hopefuls denounced the conditions depicted by the report.

U.S. Senator Cory Booker would "virtually eliminate immigration detention" if he wins the White House, his campaign said on Tuesday. "They openly laughed on social media about a child who died on their agency's watch".

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