Well the first room had a series of cages that look like a lot like dog kennels in which people had recently arrived and been put into them.
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At the 3 minute 42 second mark, this is what Representative Merkley said of the processing center in McAllen, Texas:
Well the first room had a series of cages that look like a lot like dog kennels in which people had recently arrived and been put into them. They were very crowded, the individuals had space blankets-so you had all these silver space blankets, no mattresses-and varied people looking all distressed and upset, a number of women holding children in their arms.
And then adjacent to that is a very, very large warehouse with much larger cages. And in those the children have already been separated away from their parents. And in one cage there were children, young boys, who were being lined up for food. And they started with the smallest in front. So you had a little toddler-I don't know he must have been four or five years old-up through youth that were sixteen or seventeen. And some of those may have been unaccompanied, others were undoubtedly taken away from their families-for families that are seeking asylum.
Here are some pictures of the center in 2014 when Obama was in charge:
The Nogales facility is a way station where the children are identified, examined for health problems by the U.S. Public Health Service, vaccinated and then moved to other facilities in Texas, Oklahoma and California until they are placed with relatives already in the country to await their day in Immigration Court.
The tour dispelled rumors of ill treatment. The CBP agents in the building seem to be genuinely compassionate in their interactions with the children. The facility is clean and air-conditioned.
Quote:The kids were not in cages. They were in a building the size of a football field. That's a big difference from being put in a small cage.The tour dispelled rumors of ill treatment. The CBP agents in the building seem to be genuinely compassionate in their interactions with the children. The facility is clean and air-conditioned.
There is fencing in the pictures. Is there any reason to think that the fenced areas are smaller now than they were then?
Yes. The fenced in area appears to be about the size of a football field. The cages the Congressman described would seem to be much smaller. The kids then had not just blankets, but actual mattresses-they don't have those now, according to Congressman Merkley. Not great mattresses by any measure, but a genuine cushion between themselves and the floor.
The kids are taken out of the fenced in area three times a week to play in the playground and also can take a shower. No indication anything like that is going on now.
And the process back then in 2014 appeared to last only a few weeks, with the kids sent to family that they might have already in the US. As it now, there is no goal to get the kids with some relatives in the US-they are staying here until they figure out what to do with them, while the parents get prosecuted. That's a huge difference.
I doubt orally has ever had to care for children or animals. We take better care of dogs and cats than Trump and Sessions do for these innocent children. It's horrific......
perhaps we can convince people like oral to start thinking of these children as unaborted fetus? I guess that won't work, they have been born and thats the only thing these faux constitutionalists care about.
I doubt that Trump will allow them to be freed into the US.
Since freeing them in the US isn't an option, what's the alternative? Turning them loose in the Mexican desert?
No more needs to be said.
You are as shallow as Trump. No more needs to be said.
Who says it's not an option to go back to fixing them up with relatives in the US?
Trump initiated the policy, he can rescind it at any time.
A better question would be: Considering that the Trump policy has resulted in increasing numbers of children in holding facilities cut off from their families and kept in facilities possibly for years, why don't they drop this scandalously inhumane policy and revert to fixing the children up with relatives in the US within a few weeks?