Several photographs from an overflow tent facility in Donna, Texas, released by Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), show extremely crowded conditions as hundreds of illegal immigrants and minors pour across the border.
Children are seen sleeping on the floors and in makeshift beds in the pictures.
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One “pod” held more than 400 unaccompanied male minors, according to Cuellar, whose office first shared the photographs with Axios. According to him, the pods are designed to hold a maximum of 260 individuals.
Cuellar went on to say that the pods provide “terrible conditions for the children,” and that these children should be transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services to be housed and cared for.
“We must prevent children and families from making the perilous journey across Mexico to reach the United States. We must work with Mexico and Central American countries to encourage them to apply for asylum in their respective countries.”
Cuellar has released several warnings about the border crisis in recent weeks, claiming that President Joe Biden’s administration needs to strengthen its message.
“You can’t just say, ‘Yeah, yeah, let everyone in,’ because then we’re affected down there at the border,” he said, adding, “The bad guys know how to market this.” Cuellar’s municipality is located on the United States-Mexico border.
“Families are being expelled. Single adults are being kicked out. We’ve also decided not to expel any young or vulnerable children. On March 21, Mayorkas told NBC News’ “Meet the Press” that “we are executing on our plans.”
“We have a short-term, medium-term, and long-term plan, and the president and I have discussed it numerous times. Please keep in mind that President [Donald] Trump dismantled the orderly, humane, and efficient system of allowing children to make claims under US law in their home countries,” the secretary said, without elaborating, in response to a question about whether Biden’s statements encourage illegal immigration.