Vice President Mike Pence’s public relations tour of a border detention center in McAllen, Texas turned into a disaster as the inhumane conditions were revealed.
Jonathan Ryan, the CEO of civil rights organization RAICES, told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes that reports from the camps are “consistent and they’re horrific“:
The treatment that we hear about from the officers themselves indicates not an aberration from training, but truly training itself — rough treatment, body checks, disgusting language, it’s all commonplace inside of these facilities because that is the culture, and frankly, this is what these exist facilities do, to further terrorize immigrants and frankly to make them give up their rights so that lawyers like those at RAICES are unable to help them to get the protection that they deserve...
We’ve never seen anything like the images that are coming out from today’s visit and to your point, if this was to have been constructed as a PR opportunity, I think it appears to have blown up in the face of the vice president significantly, because I’m shocked even knowing what I know, I’m shocked by the images I’m seeing.
Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsley was one of the pool reporters traveling with Pence, and described the inhumane conditions on Twitter:
The men said they were hungry and wanted to brush teeth. Most didn’t speak English but gestured at us. CBP said three meals are brought in a day & they can brush daily. Stench was horrendous. CPB said it is cleaned 3x a day. Heat was sweltering. CBP said it was air conditioned.— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) July 12, 2019
Agent in charge said there wasn’t room for cots andthe facility didn’t have a shower but got a shower yesterday in an outdoor trailer. Some hadn’t showered for 10 or 20 days. Agent said no one had been there longer than 32 days, but some men told CNN’s Pam Brown and me they had.— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) July 12, 2019
VP’s office just provided this statement in response to McAllen: “The VP’s office specifically instructed CBP to not clean up or sanitize the facility beyond what is routine so the American people could see how serious the crisis at our border is.”— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) July 13, 2019
(Sources: MSNBC, Twitter)