After sleeping on the border crisis for months, a leading Democrats is now on high alert about the conditions at overwhelmed detention centers at the border.
President Donald Trump and his Republican colleagues on the Hill have been sounding the alarm that the situation at the border has reached a crisis point since the government shutdown in December.
More importantly, law enforcement experts have been making the same warnings.
As IJR reported in March, officials at Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that ICE detention centers had reached maximum capacity and CBP agents were being forced to release migrants on their own recognizance — knowing that 87 percent will never show up for their asylum court date.
Despite the warnings from Republicans and law enforcement, Democrats fought the notion that there was a crisis at the border and placed blame for the “manufactured crisis” at Trump’s feet during the government shutdown.
Trump has created a manufactured crisis and used his position of power to sow fear among hard-working families who are not getting paid because of his temper tantrum. #TrumpShutdown https://t.co/pIvb6FTL7D pic.twitter.com/nXiMcVODQX
— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) January 8, 2019
Now, Democrats are very concerned about the situation at the border.
The overcrowded facilities that ICE warned them about in March are suddenly the main concern for Democrats, as reports claim that migrants are being held in subpar — or even inhumane — conditions.
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) condemned the conditions at the border, claiming it should “shock the conscience” of America.
“No matter your political affiliation or views on border security, seeing families and children, including very young children, in overcrowded and unsafe conditions should shock the conscience,” Thompson wrote, vowing that House Democrats will lead a probe into the detention facilities.
While Thompson seems ready to address the crisis now, in January, he claimed there was “no security crisis at the border,” writing:
“President Trump tries to blame everyone and everything for his shutdown and the situation on the border, but he has no one to blame but himself. To be clear, there is bipartisan agreement that there is no security crisis at the border. It’s time he end this childish temper tantrum and reopen the government.”
Now that there is bipartisan consensus that there is a crisis at the border, it remains unclear if House Democrats will address the influx of migrants that are overwhelming the detention facilities, not just the conditions that resulted from the overworked system.