10,000 migrants were being held in CBP custody as of Saturday
New images of the conditions within Joe Biden’s shelter have emerged as Texas congressman has denounced the facility in Donna, Texas.
The facility was meant to house migrants overflowing from facilities amid the increasing border crisis.
Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas said the facility provided “terrible conditions for the children.”
He released images from inside the facility to the website.
🚨🚨🚨🚨 Axios has PHOTOS inside an illegal immigrant detention facility.
They’re pretty bad. https://t.co/kzybDViXl3
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) March 22, 2021
According to Axios, about 10,000 migrants were being held in CBP custody as of Saturday.
Half of those are children, many of who had been held longer than the supposed maximum of three days.
Biden had banned the media from taking pictures inside the facilities where thousands of unaccompanied children are held.
“Exclusive photos from inside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection temporary overflow facility in Donna, Texas, reveal the crowded, makeshift conditions at the border as the government’s longer-term child shelters and family detention centers fill up.”https://t.co/WJnkV4zBFX pic.twitter.com/7XqagoPwak
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) March 22, 2021
Cuellar said he was given the images and did not tour the facility.
Cuellar told Axios that the facility has eight so-called pods with a capacity of 260 each.
As of Sunday, one pod had 400 male minors, he said.
Border Patrol agents are “doing the best they can under the circumstances” but are “not equipped to care for kids” and “need help from the administration,” Cuellar told Axios.
“We have to stop kids and families from making the dangerous trek across Mexico to come to the United States. We have to work with Mexico and Central American countries to have them apply for asylum in their countries,” he said.
Republican Rep. Jodey Arrington of Texas said there would be a shock when he leads a delegation of 14 House members to the border, Fox News reported.
Democratic Senator Chris Murphy visited a border facility last week and said he “fought back tears as a 13-year-old girl sobbed uncontrollably, explaining through a translator how terrified she was.”
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) March 22, 2021
“I don’t think that folks in the federal government, whether it’s Mayorkas or its members of Congress, are prepared to witness what’s going on at the border as a result of President Biden’s policies,” he told “Fox News Live.”
Arrington accused Biden of saying one thing while doing another.
Don’t ask Biden, just ask the Texans who are in the thick of the Southern Border Crisis.
They will tell you the truth → Biden’s actions are the cause of this disaster.
And the Dems’ amnesty bill will only add fuel to the fire of the burning chaos at the border. pic.twitter.com/Y7Ai8ArJvU
— Rep. Jodey Arrington (@RepArrington) March 18, 2021
“I heard the clip about [Homeland Security Secretary] Mayorkas saying we’re encouraging people to not cross the border.”
“The fact is, actions speak louder than words. And the policies taken together are saying, ‘come one, come all, violate our laws, and we won’t detain and deport you,’” Arrington told Fox.
Donald Trump blasted Joe Biden’s crisis at the border, saying his strategy “turned national triumph into a national disaster.”
Trump said in a March 21 statement:
“We proudly handed the Biden Administration the most secure border in history. All they had to do was keep this smooth-running system on autopilot.”
“Instead, in the span of a just few weeks, the Biden Administration has turned a national triumph into a national disaster. They are in way over their heads and taking on water fast.”
New statement from former President Donald Trump, on the Biden administration’s quickly deteriorating Southwest border crisis: “the Biden Administration has turned a national triumph into a national disaster.” pic.twitter.com/3gy0ALkJtD
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) March 21, 2021