Pastor and president of Latin Impact Ministries Russell Black is offering a different picture on the conditions at a U.S.-Mexico border migrant detention facility previously visited by 2020 Democratic candidates.
Volunteering at Homestead since the tail-end of former President Barack Obama’s administration, Black told “Fox & Friends” on Friday, “It’s actually been overwhelmingly surprising how good the care is at the shelter.”
He went on to say “it blows [him] away” that congressional Democrats “don’t have the correct picture at all”:
“We were surprised at the care, the expense, the concern of the staff and the management of the shelter in making sure the brief stay that the immigrants had in the shelter would be as painless and pleasant as possible. As I see the print media, the politicians make comments and allegations against the shelter, it blows me away that they don’t have the correct picture at all.”
He added that since President Donald Trump, the migrant shelter’s care has “improved. It has become more professional, and well done.”
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The pastor volunteers at the same shelter in Homestead, Florida, visited by several 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls, who painted a different picture of the situation.
As IJR Blue previously reported, 2020 Democratic hopefuls, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), among others, visited Homestead within the past few weeks.
Warren claimed after her visit that the children “are prisoners” at the facility, while O’Rourke claimed the migrants are “being punished for just being a human being.”
“This is not what America is about,” Sanders said at the time.
When it comes to trying to control the continued border crisis, overwhelmed isn’t enough to describe border agents, as the second vice president for the National Border Patrol Council’s El Paso chapter Wesley Farris recently said they’re “exhausted mentally” and “physically.”
This comes at a time that the Department of Homeland Security revealed that the total apprehensions of migrants dropped 28 percent from May to June, but still with over 100,000 apprehensions per month in the fourth-month straight.
According to Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), all of the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee were invited to Friday’s border visit — which 10 Democrats are on the committee, including 2020 Democratic hopefuls Harris, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.Y.), and Klobuchar — but, as he pointed out, the plane had “lots of empty seats since not a single Democrat showed up.”
Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, who joined the border visit, took note of the lack of Democrats in attendance, tweeting, “Perhaps they remained in Washington to fix Flores, TVPRA and our asylum laws. Would take a few hours.”