Migrant detention facility: Democrats push back on Pence's description of border facility
Jul 14 2019
During a CNN interview following his tour of a detention center in McAllen, Texas, Pence applauded Customs and Border Protection for "doing their level best in an overcrowded environment and a hard environment", calling out "slander against" the agency.
In this his second visit to the region, the vice president said the trip came at the behest of President Donald Trump in the wake of what the president called "slanderous" reporting about federal immigration agents. This year, we are on track to apprehend more than one million migrants on our southern border.
"Congress MUST reform our laws to end this unsustainable crisis of illegal immigration at the border", he added.
But he used the inhumane imagery of more than 400 adult men shoved behind caged fences, in a facility reportedly reeking with body odor, to highlight the Trump administration's goal of stopping the flow of migrant families illegally crossing the U.S. -Mexico border. Banks said the longest any man had been at the facility was 32 days.
And for Chris Hayes, I'll repeat that in small words: "The reporter who was there says Pence talked to the kids you said he didn't talk to".
Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., said, "There is no excuse for how we are treating children". Children told him their journey to the United States by foot took two and three months.
Pence first toured a cavernous facility built in May to handle overcrowding and where 800 people are living.
A patrol agent, Michael Banks, said the men were allowed to brush their teeth once a day.
In that interview, he stated the same thing he said on Twitter, that there are two different situations, with two different sets of people.
Migrant children held in Yuma, Arizona are accusing U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents of sexual assault and retaliation for protests, according to dozens of accounts by children collected by government case managers reports NBC News.
"This is tough stuff, Pence said". In a series of large white tents, most detainees were lying on kindergarten-like mats with thin, tinfoil-like blankets.
Glenn Thrush, formerly of Politico and now with the New York Times, also noted on Saturday the disparity between what Pence said and what CNN said, though laid the difference on Pence simply being a liar. As a result, most have been moved out within the 72-hour time limit to HHS facilities.
In El Paso and the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, horrific conditions were detailed where children and other migrants were being held in overcrowded border stations where they were not given showers, the appropriate space to sleep or a clean change of clothes.
Pence put on a stolid expression after visiting that facility. "And we can't keep people in a cell beyond what the rules and regulations allow for, but everyone in that temporary facility is getting health care, they're getting hygiene and the Customs and Border Protection is doing their level best in an overcrowded environment and a hard environment to address this issue, but Congress has got to act", he said.