Texas Democrat Henry Cueller has released exclusive photos of a US Border Police detention facility. The photos show the interior of a crowded tent-shaped center that provides temporary accommodation for unaccompanied or separated immigrant children in Donna, Texas.
Despite the coronavirus epidemic, children have been housed close to each other in sections separated by plastic walls, and it appears that their comfort has only been provided by mattresses placed on the floor and the accompanying foil covers. Although there appears to be a TV in every department.
a BBC About a thousand children are detained at the Dona facility.
Kueller spoke of “horrific conditions” among other things Axios The News Portal, which indicated that because Joe Biden’s government has limited press coverage of cross-border facilities, these photos provide rare insight into conditions prevailing there.
For his part, Mr. Cueiler stressed the need to prevent families wishing to immigrate to America from them Mexico They enter the United States illegally and be able to apply for asylum in their country of origin.
Biden’s critics accuse the Democratic president of his immigration policy of encouraging Central American residents to send their children to the United States.
The number of unaccompanied children in US custody has recently increased to 15,000.
There may be some truth to this, as the Democratic president omitted one of his predecessors, Donald Trump Measures An order not to return children to the border. They can file their asylum application in the United States, as they reside in these centers and later reside with host families.
Democratic Senator Chris Murphy also visited the Texas Border Police station CBS NewsHe spoke of “there’s nothing new under the sun,” roughly the same measures in place in the Trump government before the outbreak. The difference is that then everyone can stay in the United States while their asylum application is being processed. This only applies to children now.
Joe Biden himself said his government is working to allow asylum applications to be lodged in countries of origin. White House spokesman Jane Psaki has pledged to open more accommodations for those arriving in the coming weeks.
Alejandro Mayuras, Minister of Homeland Security, W. CNNAnd she confirmed, yes, these detention centers are not places for children, and that is why she is working to place them under the auspices of the Ministry of Social Affairs as soon as possible. He added that the borders are closed despite the fact that the new presidency will exclude immigrant children. Comparing the Biden administration’s policies with those of his previous government, Mayuras notes with some irony:
We are not deporting children and girls aged five, seven and nine to the Mexican desert, and put them back in the hands of people smugglers.
(Cover photo: Immigrants at the temporary US Customs and Border Protection facility in Dunn, Texas, March 22, 2021. Photo: Post / Office of Congressman Henry Cueller (TX-28) / AFP)