Pence visits migrant detention facilities and calls on Congress to act


Twitter users were quick to expose the VP with links to photos from what are being called "concentration camps", while others bluntly called Pence a liar.

Demonstrators hold a "Lights for Liberty" rally march and vigil near the US Mexico border on Friday.

Dawsey writes that it was not only "sweltering hot" but that "the stench was horrendous".

They had no cots, mats or pillows, only silver polyester blankets. "Today we took reporters to a detention facility on the border for families and children and all told us they were being treated well." he tweeted before adding, "Rather than broadcast the full story, showing the compassionate care the American people are providing to vulnerable families, tonight CNN only played video of men in the temporary facility and didn't play any footage of the family facility at all". They love them and I've seen it. "It's overwhelmed and that's why Congress has to act".

The delegation's visit comes one day after Vice President Mike Pence became the highest-ranking member of the Trump administration to view detention facilities in the Rio Grande Valley, and the day before Immigration and Customs Enforcement is scheduled to conduct raids in nine major cities.

Democrats ultimately bowed to pressure last month as Congress approved $4.6 billion in emergency aid to ease the swelling crisis that has seen an influx of migrants flood into the United States, mostly from impoverished Central American countries.

Slamming Democrats who have called the situation on the border "a manufactured crisis", Pence said the USA has "a moral obligation" to overhaul the nation's immigration laws.

"(This is) a crisis that is overwhelming our system".

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Speaking in front of the crowd, one protester said, "And these children no longer have the opportunity to dream the American dream, which is the one that they had or their families had".

"It's 2019, and we're still treating some people as less than human", said Pérez, a Democrat who was a critic of the child detention facility.

Pence was in McAllen, Texas, at a tent-complex facility that has been open since May, which includes an area for detained children that was described as "cleaner", and another area where almost 400 men were being held in an extremely crowded fenced-in area where the stench was described by one reporter as "overwhelming".

During the tour, Pence was approached by some small children, asking them if they were being taken care of at the facility. Reporters saw stacks of clothes, water bottles, juice and diapers in the facility. Pence told reporters every family he spoke to there said they were being well cared for.

Friday's House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing offered a microcosm of the nation's red-blue chasm and, perhaps, a chance for each side to vent.

In 2018, Trump initiated a policy that forcibly separated 2,300 children from their parents - including at least 18 toddlers younger than 2 years old. They all nodded yes.

Pence said. "That's different than some of the harsh rhetoric that we hear from Democrats on Capitol Hill".

The new adult holding facility is being built at the Marcelino Serna Port of Entry, about 30 miles southeast of El Paso.