US VP Pence visits overcrowded migrant camp, deplores 'crisis'

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

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

Vice President Mike Pence visited two detention centers for undocumented migrants in the Rio Grande Valley Friday complimenting living conditions and treatment by border patrol agents amid criticism.

"When the men saw the press arrive, they began shouting and wanted to tell us they'd been in there 40 days or longer", the report said.

Republicans have responded to Democrats' criticism of the detention facility by saying they are unfairly maligning border agents who are doing their best under hard circumstances because of the surge of Central American migrants.

"Because of the smell, it was hard for me to sit by them", she said.

"People are making billions of dollars exploiting these people", Graham said during a roundtable discussion held just after the delegation had visited the Donna processing center - a soft-sided structure meant to accommodate 500 migrants, but which senators on Friday said contained close to 1,000 people. There were no mats or pillows-some of the men were sleeping on concrete.

"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.

"The president and I are ready to roll our sleeves up and work with men and women in both political parties in the Congress to bring about the changes that will bring an end to this crisis", Pence said. "I knew we would see a system that is overcrowded".

The vice president later told reporters he had expected to see similar conditions at the facility. He left before commenting on the conditions at that second center.

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"My family came as refugees because they are Jews". The men said they were hungry and wanted to brush their teeth.

In a statement issued Thursday ahead of Pence's border visit, Texas Democratic Party Communications Director Abhi Rahman dismissed the VP's trip as a photo op.

He said they were given three hot meals a day from local restaurants, as well as juice and crackers.

Numerous men had not showered for 10 to 20 days because the facility did not previously have showers, according to Banks, who said it now had a trailer shower.

Pence says he has pushed for more federal spending to deal with the situation. Most were lying on kindergarten-style napping mats on the floor covered with thin, tinfoil blankets.

"Every family I spoke to said they were being well cared for", Pence said, decrying the "harsh rhetoric" of Democrats.

Pence asked the children if they had food and were being taken care of.

Earlier on Friday in Washington, the House Oversight Committee held a hearing on migrant children who were separated from their parents. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., requested to be sworn in when appearing as a witness before the panel to show she was telling the truth when she retold a story about a migrant woman who said she had to drink water from the toilet because her sink broke.

Some Democrats have described the detention centers as "concentration camps" and say the USA government is holding children in "cages".

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