Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) is telling Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) not to “virtue signal” and to instead start supporting “actual solutions,” as the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate called the overcrowding situation at the U.S.-Mexico border “inhumane.”
The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General warned in a report released on Thursday about the situation at detention facilities, as they’re dangerously overcrowded at the El Paso sector of the southern border.
According to the report, around 750 people and 900 people on May 7 and 8, respectively, were found crammed into a facility that’s supposed to hold a maximum of 125 people during an unannounced visit.
“We observed dangerous overcrowding at the facility with single adults held in cells designed for one-fifth as many detainees,” the report reads.
This “dangerous overcrowding” included 76 detainees in a cell that has a maximum capacity of 12, 41 detainees in a cell with a maximum capacity of eight, and 155 detainees placed in a cell with a maximum capacity of 35.
The report reads:
We are concerned that overcrowding and prolonged detention represent an immediate risk to the health and safety not just of the detainees, but also DHS agents and officers. […] Border Patrol management on site said there is an ongoing concern that rising tensions among detainees could turn violent. […] Dangerous overcrowding among single adults in PDT requires immediate action.
The Vermont senator blasted the situation as “inhumane,” tweeting that “it must stop NOW.”
“We must end the dehumanization of immigrants and develop a humane policy for those at the border who seek asylum,” Sanders added.
900 people were held at a border facility with a maximum capacity of 125, according to the DHS Inspector General.
This is inhumane. It must stop NOW.
We must end the dehumanization of immigrants and develop a humane policy for those at the border who seek asylum.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 31, 2019
Crenshaw — a vocal member of Congress on the border crisis — responded to Sanders as he listed out things Sanders could do to make a difference.
Maybe you could start by supporting POTUS request for $4.5 B in humanitarian aid, to include more facilities?
Maybe you could support @LindseyGrahamSC bill to reform asylum process?
Maybe you won’t support actual solutions because you prefer to virtue signal about the crisis? https://t.co/tZk3nEwnA5
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) June 1, 2019
“Maybe you won’t support actual solutions because you prefer to virtue signal about the crisis?” Crenshaw concluded.