'This is tough stuff': Pence visits caged, unwashed, overcrowded migrants

AOC Could Learn A Lot From Beto's Defense Of Border Patrol Agents In 2017

Vice President Mike Pence expressed frustration Friday night that CNN made a decision to focus its coverage on the overcrowded, sweltering conditions at a migrant processing center for adults rather than a less-troubled facility for families.

"We are working to expose and stop human rights violations at the border, but everyone needs to know that Pence and Trump are making these problems much worse on goal", Beyer said.

Central American families fleeing violence, poverty and drought have been coming to the USA in record numbers this year, peaking in May, when the Border Patrol made almost 133,000 apprehensions.

"And while we hear some Democrats in Washington, DC, referring to US Customs and Border facilities as 'concentration camps, ' what we saw today was a facility that is providing care that every American would be proud of", Pence said.

Michael Banks, the patrol agent in charge of the McAllen facility, said the men there are allowed to brush their teeth once a day and are given deodorant after showering. Pool reporter Josh Dawsey of the Washington Post said the "stench was overwhelming".

"But we know from all of the reports that things are not great", she said. He said President Donald Trump wanted him there with cameras to see for themselves how people were being treated.

Elora Mukherjee, an academic from Columbia University who visited a center in Clint, Texas, told the commission that some children were still wearing the same clothes that they were in when they crossed the border, and were covered in mucus, saliva and other fluids.

Last week a report by the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general found children at some Texas border facilities who faced clothing shortages and lacked hot meals, while some adults were held for a week in a cell so crowded they had to stand.

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It's not just Democrats who have complained about the conditions at border detention facilities.

"This isn't human. I'm not a terrorist", one man said.

"This is tough stuff", Pence was quoted as saying, adding that he was calling for Democrats to fund more beds for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and more spending from the Department of Homeland Security. Officials said it was one of the "nicest facilities because it was new and relatively clean". There, Dawsey described seeing detainees lying on "kindergarten-like napping mats" on the floor with a "thin tinfoil-like blanket".

Pence said it was heartbreaking to hear from children who had walked two or three months to come to America and cross the border illegally, but he ultimately blamed Congress for failing to pass legislation that would deal with the influx of migrants at the southern border. Authorities left prisoners in facilities for much longer than the 72 hours normally permitted by law.

After visiting the second site, Pence had a more sober assessment.

"I was not surprised by what I saw, " Pence said.

The facility, an air-conditioned tent complex, opened in early May on the border about 20 miles from McAllen and just yards from an global bridge connecting the United States to Mexico.

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