After several congressional Democrats took a trip to a detention facility at the U.S-Mexico border, there’s been mixed signals on the conditions.
One of the outspoken critics since the visit is Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). She set off headlines after she accused U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents of threatening her, and claimed migrants are having to drink water out of a toilet. In contrast, former border agents are pushing back against those claims.
However, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Monday, in response to his colleagues’ border facility visit, that border agency heads should be prosecuted on both the federal and state level for “child abuse” of migrant children.
“This is [inhumane],” he said. “Frankly, I think it’s criminal.”
Nadler went on to suggest: “There ought to be criminal prosecutions of some of the agency heads and some of the people for child abuse. This is clearly child abuse. It violates probably half a dozen laws.”
See Nadler’s comment below:
Despite congressional Democrats’ claims on poor conditions for migrant detention facilities, former U.S. Border Patrol Chief Ron Vitiello said, “That’s not how these facilities are designed. That’s not what our people are trained to do.”
Former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement director Tom Homan bluntly said in response, “They are not drinking out of the toilet—no Border Patrol agent is going to make anyone drink out of the toilet. It’s just ridiculous on its face.”
While border facilities and resources are being stretched at the southern border with the massive influx of migrants trying to cross into the U.S., officials have made it clear that the border aid bill of $4.6 billion signed by the president on Monday will help but it’s not going to help with the immigration situation long-term.
“It’s a real problem,” a Department of Homeland Security official told Fox News, noting the backlogging. “The supplemental funding will help, but it’s a band-aid on a much bigger problem.”