Multiple Democratic lawmakers have recently spent time at the migrant detention camps dotted along the US/Mexico border. Many have claimed to see awful and unsafe conditions where cells are cramped and food is in short supply. Republican leaders, including Vice President Mike Pence have largely brushed off these concerns.
The Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Kevin McAleenan, recently appeared on ABC News to discuss these concerns. McAleenan told host Martha Raddatz that criticisms have gone overboard and conditions at the camps are adequate.
McAleenan told ABC that the reports about the camps are untrue. “Inadequate food, inadequate water and uncleaned cells, none of those have been substantiated,” said the DHS Secretary.
An incredulous Raddatz pressed the Secretary on a New York Times report that detailed horrible conditions at the camp. “So I’m not denying that there are challenging situations at the border. I’ve been one talking about it the most,” McAleenan said. “What can I tell you right now is that there’s adequate food, water.”
These descriptions fly in the face of those delivered by Democratic Congresspeople. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, tweeted after her latest visit, “Just left the 1st CBP facility. I see why CBP officers were being so physically &sexually threatening towards me. Officers were keeping women in cells w/ no water & had told them to drink out of the toilets. This was them on their GOOD behavior in front of members of Congress.”
Just left the 1st CBP facility.
I see why CBP officers were being so physically &sexually threatening towards me.
Officers were keeping women in cells w/ no water & had told them to drink out of the toilets.
This was them on their GOOD behavior in front of members of Congress.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 1, 2019
McAleenan ended his interview by telling Raddatz, “Everyone in the entire chain of command was worried about the situation for children.”
You can watch a clip of the segment here:
Acting DHS chief Kevin McAleenan: Reports of dirty clothes, scabies and chickenpox at Clint child migrant facility are "unsubstantiated" pic.twitter.com/3PNm1J0ug0
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) July 7, 2019