A Democratic congressman from Texas stated photos launched by the Biden administration displaying a nearly empty migrant detention center are deceptive — and that the kids are being held in a close-by facility.
Rep. Henry Cuellar known as out the photos launched final week by the Department of Homeland Security of a center in Donna, Texas, that portrayed a dramatic discount within the quantity of unaccompanied minors compared to the packed centers just some weeks in the past.
Cuellar stated the children are in different services operated by the Department of Health and Human Services.
“All they’re doing is they’re moving kids from one tent to the other tent and saying, ‘Oh, they’re not in the Border Patrol (custody),’ but they’re right next door,” Cuellar told the Border Report on Wednesday.
“They’re just next door in HHS.”
DHS acknowledged in a press release that the kids are in custody of HHS however wouldn’t say the place they’re being held.
The photos “demonstrate the tremendous progress that DHS and its partners have made to safely and efficiently transfer these children out of CBP custody and into the care of HHS,” the assertion stated.
Another Democrat, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, stated it’s clear that the administration isn’t doing sufficient to stem the tide of migrants coming to the border.
“Arizona is bearing the brunt of this crisis because of the federal government’s failure to address immigration issues over the last three decades,” she told Fox 10 Phoenix, noting that she met not too long ago with the state’s National Guard.
Sinema and fellow Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly, additionally a Democrat, wrote a letter to President Biden supporting Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s request for the federal authorities to repay the state for the expense of having Guardsmen deployed on the border.
“We haven’t yet heard from the Biden Administration, but we continue to call on them for the urgency of the crisis we face.”
Ducey final month declared an emergency and deployed the Arizona National Guard to assist native regulation enforcement.
He stated the deployment would price $25 million in preliminary funding.
Cuellar, the vice chairman of the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee, stated he has toured the Donna facility a quantity of occasions for the reason that quantity of younger migrants have surged alongside the border after President Biden took workplace.
He stated the detention center has expanded every week, and 5 tents had been not too long ago added to accommodate the migrants youths – every of which may maintain about 1,500 kids.
Border Report stated its reporters visited the Donna facility on Wednesday and located that the quantity of tents has grown since February, and the previous farm subject is surrounded by black fencing.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki, talking at Tuesday’s briefing, stated the quantity of time kids spend in Customs and Border Patrol services has fallen 75 % – from 131 hours for the reason that finish of March to beneath 30 hours now.
She additionally stated there have been greater than 5,000 kids in CPB facilities on the finish of March, a quantity that has dropped to 600 now.
“Clearly, we’re not done; there’s a lot of work ahead. Migration is a dynamic and evolving challenge, but the president has a plan and we’re working on implementing it,” Psaki stated.
DHS announced that there have been simply 677 kids in CBP custody, an 88% drop from March 28 when greater than 5,700 kids had been in custody as of final Saturday.
The presentation by DHS included a sequence of before-and-after photos of a processing facility in Donna, Texas.