'This is tough stuff': Pence Goes to Border Detention Centers

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

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

A stench from body odor hung stale in the air.

A motorcade then took the vice president to the McAllen Border Patrol Station for a roundtable discussion with agents and agency leaders.

Pence visited two facilities: the first holding families, the second holding men behind metal fencing. According to a pool report, he told reporters he "couldn't be more proud of the CBP agents at the facility, and that every American would be proud".

"The facility is overcrowded and our system is overwhelmed".

He added: "This is tough stuff". But ultimately, it underscored each party's starkly warring views about Trump's hardline anti-immigration policies, suggesting they're destined to be a leading issue for the 2020 presidential and congressional campaigns.

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. And that's, I think, what sometimes our leaders forget.

Conditions at the border, as Common Dreams has reported, are bad and getting worse.

And earlier this month, the president downplayed concerns about how migrants are being treated at the facilities. "We are taking them out legally", Trump told reporters on Friday. Pence said the overcrowding demonstrates why immigration laws needed to be changed.

He also defended the job being done by the employees at the detention centers.

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"I was not surprised by what I saw, " Pence said. "Coming here, to this station, where single adults are held, I've equally been inspired by the efforts of Customs and Protection doing a tough job in a hard environment". She referred to a video from the Arizona Border Patrol showing an agent touring a facility and drinking water from a sink above a toilet unit. Pence attributed the difference to the fact that, due to an overflow of illegal immigrants, a temporary facility had to be established.

Pence put on a stolid expression after visiting that facility. Some of the men in there apparently said they'd been there "40 days or longer".

"So even thought the House Democrats went along with the McConnell funding bill in the Senate", Hayes said on Twitter, "Pence is still running around blaming "Democrats in Congress" for not adequately funding their detention camps".

There were no cots for them to sleep on because there wasn't room, Banks said. It also came days before Trump-ordered nationwide raids targeting people in the USA illegally are expected to begin, according to administration officials and immigrant activists, actions that would further inflame the issue. To show this, we also visited an overcrowded facility for adult men, many of whom have been arrested multiple times.

"Every family that I spoke with told me they were being well cared for", he said, noting what he heard was different from what he called "the harsh rhetoric" coming from Democrats. "Our Customs and Border Protection are doing their level best to provide compassionate care to these families in a manner the American people would expect".

About 800 people were being held Friday in the facility, which officials said had a capacity of 1,000. There, Dawsey described seeing detainees lying on "kindergarten-like napping mats" on the floor with a "thin tinfoil-like blanket". "We are saying what is happening here is not normal and you need to figure out a way to take care of it", she said. He said they would sometimes call them "puto" -- and other derogatory terms in Spanish -- while giving orders. One child wore soiled underwear for the 10 days he was in the border station because he was afraid to ask the officers for a clean pair, according to one of the reports.

At the Capitol, the House Oversight Committee is hearing from four Democratic lawmakers who have recently traveled to the border - Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas; Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.; Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.; and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.

The latest details to surface about the inhumane and despicable mistreatment of migrant children in detention facilities aren't -- unfortunately -- anything out of the ordinary.

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