Pence views Overcrowded, Bad-Smelling Facility for Detained Migrants in Texas

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Vice President Mike Pence viewed an overcrowded, foul-smelling facility in Texas on Friday where nearly 400 men are detained after being accused of crossing the U.S. border illegally.

Some 384 single men were corralled behind metal fences inside the sweltering facility in McAllen, according to a pool reporter on the scene. The men did not have mats or pillows and some were sleeping on concrete.

The cages were so crowded, according to the reporter, that it would have been impossible for all the men to lie down at the same time.

Some of the men said that they had been there for 40 days or longer, were hungry, and wanted to brush their teeth. Some agents guarding the cages wore face masks.

Water was available outside the fences, the pool reporter said, citing agents who said the men had access to the water when journalists were not present.

After visiting the facility, Pence said at a news conference that he was not surprised by what he saw.

“I knew we’d see a system that was overwhelmed,” Pence told reporters. “This is tough stuff.”

A patrol agent, Michael Banks, said the men were allowed to brush their teeth once a day. “We currently have 88,000 toothbrushes,” he said.

Many of the 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. Banks said the longest any man had been at the facility was 32 days.

The men were given three hot meals a day from local restaurants but could not have cots for sleeping because there was not enough room for them.

Another 275 women were living in repurposed Army tents, he said.

Pence said the center at McAllen was a “prime example” of why the United States must secure its borders.

“The facility is overcrowded and our system is overwhelmed. It is time for Democrats in Congress to step, do their jobs, and end this crisis,” Pence wrote on Twitter.

President Donald Trump, a Republican, has made cracking down on illegal immigration a centerpiece of his administration, which is trying to deal with a surge of mostly Central American families crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Pence also viewed a separate facility for families, divided into rooms to house women with children, men with children, unaccompanied minors and entire family units.

Inside, migrants lay on tinfoil-like blankets and some children watched television. Two of the children said they had walked for two to three months before arriving at the facility.

(Writing by Jeff Mason; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

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Mindy
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We don’t have the resources to feed the world. End asylum, immediately deport all illegals, let it be known , if you cross our border you will not be welcomed, you will not get an American taxpayer lawyer, you do not have a right to taxpayer funded day in court, immediately send them back across the border. If there are children under the age of 13 , put them on a bus and send them back to the home they came from. This will end this insanity.

john crawford
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john crawford

He can’t help it if these guys stink

General Confusion
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“How bad were the conditions they fled? Or is it that the invaders just wanted to come here for free stuff?” Otis

You seem a little confused, Otis. Let me put it this way. You wouldn’t want to live in Honduras, for example, and, for the most part, it was the US that made it that way.

Nobody upends their life, treks for hundreds of miles for “free stuff”, contrary to the opinions of other IJR members here.

Christopher Aimutis
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🗣️ OH WELL!!! THEY’RE TRIED TO GET-HERE/ENTER #ILLEGALLY!!! DoNot LIKE IT;STAY HOME2FIX WHAT’S BROKE, #THERE! DUMOCRATS VOTED to Build a WALL/BERRIER B4 TRUMP, A PROBLEM WITH HIM & NOTHING GETS DONE! They caused A SHUTDOWN, ALMOST 1 MILLION EMPLOYEES DidNot get paid BUT THEY DID STILL & WERE DRINKING ON THE BEACHES OF PUERTO RICO, “CHECKING OUT, HOW MUCH IsNot GETTING/BEING DONE!!!! 💯 💯 💯

Screwtape
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To Dave Hardesty, because IJR. (I’m calling them next week to complain, but doubt I’ll get a live person or a response) Yes. Call me bloodthirsty, inhuman, whatever. But also call me a taxpayer and law-abiding citizen who refuses to have his money pay for a single thing for these criminals. I also feel this way about our CITIZEN criminals. If it were up to me I’d strand them on an island and only provide supplies for x-minus how many there are. Have it on pay-per-view to defray the costs. Let’s be honest. Criminals break the same laws they shelter… Read more »

Karin Callaway
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They get hot meals every day. there are so many of them that there is no room for cots. The House simply (at this time) refuses to do anything. With this election coming up we had better take back the entire government from Admin. to Judicial. (janitor fits in there somewhere). Who the heck can we trust?

Screwtape
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It may already have been said (“load more comments” does not work) but the solution is easy. Send them back across the border after implanting tracker chips/indelible tattooing. If caught again make it punishable by hard labor. Building the wall would be appropriate. As criminal trespassers and NOT citizens they have zero standing to complain. If they do not like it the border is due south. Consider how their efforts to get here and break the law MIGHT have been spent making their own countries better. Both are risky and without guarantees. It says a lot of their loyalty and… Read more »

Paul Ogea Jr
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Paul Ogea Jr

And yet all those men had to do was go back where they came from. Or better yet try fixing where they came from.

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