This image will go down in history. New video shows shows Mike Pence callously observing and turning his back on severe overcrowding of men in cages at a detainment facility in Texas.
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) July 13, 2019
Courtesy of USA Today:
With television cameras in tow, Vice President Mike Pence toured a pair of Border Patrol facilities in Texas on Friday as Republicans pushed back on reports that migrants detained in such centers are being held in deplorable and dangerous conditions.
On his first stop, at a processing center for migrants just outside McAllen,Texas, Pence said he “couldn’t be more impressed” by what he described as “the compassionate work” by Border Patrol agents.
“Every family that I spoke with told me they were being well cared for,” he said.
The other stop, at an outdoor portal at the McAllen Border Station, offered a starkly different picture.
A reporter traveling with Pence described a horrendous stench in the facility and said that nearly 400 men were housed in sweltering cages so crowded it would have been impossible for all of them to lie down. Some of the detainees shouted to reporters that they had been held 40 days or longer and complained that they were hungry.
“This is tough stuff,” Pence said at a news conference later.
“I was not surprised by what I saw,” he said. “I knew we’d see a system that was overwhelmed.”
Here is more courtesy of NBC News:
Agents wore face masks, and video showed detainees packed into their holding areas surrounded by chain-link fence, the concrete floors littered with silver thermal blankets. Reporters accompanying Pence described the facility as smelling “horrendous.”
A group of men detained behind chain link fencing shouted to news cameras, “No shower, no shower!”
Pence said afterward that what he saw was evidence of a “system that was overwhelmed.”
Mike Pence had gone there to demonstrate how humane the immigrants were being treated and he did not appreciate the news outlets reporting the truth about what they witnessed there.
CNN is so dishonest. Today we took reporters to a detention facility on the border for families and children and all told us they were being treated well.
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) July 13, 2019
I believe this is probably the CNN report that has Pence’s panties in a wad.
It must be noted that these are facilities that the Trump Administration picked out to demonstrate how well the immigrants are being treated.
The very fact that even one of them showed human beings being neglected and mistreated can only serve to confirm reports by a variety of reporters that these people are suffering under the care of border control agents.