UNITED STATES—The truth about the immigration detention facilities is being exposed after reports of inhumane living conditions were reported.
A photo from an article in Business Insider by Brett LoGiurato called attention to the humanitarian crisis at the border from an article dated back on June 16, 2014.
Five years later the same photograph has resurfaced on the internet. Some Democrats have picketed and publicly denounced living conditions in the immigration detention facilities.
Among the protesters were open-borders proponents, Beto O’Rourke and Julian Castro. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been publicly criticized for her stance on the detention facilities referring to them as “concentration camps” on her Twitter page. She blamed Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Donald Trump administration on the crisis inside the detention facilities. Ocasio-Cortez spoke of the Texas facility stating those in custody were expected to drink toilet water.
Canyon News spoke to ICE Public Affairs Officer and Spokeswoman, Leticia Zamarripa who explained the difference between the Immigration & Customs Enforcement and the Customs & Border Patrol facilities. ICE detains those who come into the country illegally or who are waiting to be removed after serving time for crimes committed. Texas has no problem removing detainees from the United States.
It is Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities being protested. “[We] do have plans for media access to their facilities” and that “When the access will happen I am not sure yet. As of right now, no imagery is allowed in the facilities,” said Roderick Kise.
Rev. Samuel Rodriquez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference had security clearance and toured the facility.
“I read the reports, saw the news clips,” said Rodriguez. “I just wanted to see what was actually happening in order to better enable our efforts to find a fair and a just solution to our broken immigration system.”
“To my surprise, I saw something drastically different from the stories I’ve been hearing in our National discourse. Even as a veteran of immigration advocacy in the U.S., I was shocked at the misinformation of the crisis at the border,” Rodriguez added.
“What did our visit reveal?” Rev. Rodriguez asked, “No soiled diapers, no deplorable conditions, and no lack of basic necessities.”
Rev. Rodriguez left the immigration detention facility encouraged by the commitment and dedication of America’s Border Patrol and immigration officers stating, “many of which are Latino’s, by the way.”
It is time to end the crisis at our border. And the only way we will end this crisis is for Congress to stop the political posturing and solve the problem: close the loopholes so that children are not subject to exploitation as they are right now. pic.twitter.com/DG2MIacse6
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) July 1, 2019