When Joe Biden took office in January, it was fairly obvious that America was about to get a case of political whiplash, particularly on issues surrounding the border crisis and illegal immigration.
That’s because this was a central issue to the Trump administration, and, in order for the Democrats to have a chance to beat Trump in the election, they would have to signal to their base that they would be doing anything and everything that they could that would run perpendicular to Trump’s populism.
This included relaxing some of Trump’s stricter border policies – a move that has now made a mess in the south.
U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX) released a series of leaked photos to Axios showing the deplorable, overcrowded conditions of migrant children being held in South Texas. A short time later, James O’Keefe released additional disturbing photos depicting children having to sleep on floor mats in overcrowded facilities which were rapidly opened amid a worsening humanitarian crisis.
Congressman Cuellar, who lives along the Texas border with Mexico, told Axios these unaccompanied migrant children are living in eight “pods” designed to hold up to 260 people. However, Border Patrol officials are actually holding more than 400 unaccompanied male minors in the spaces, the Texas congressman said.
The photos are disheartening to say the least.
These photos were taken within the last few days. There are eight pods with eight cells each in the facility. At any given moment there are an average of 3,000 people in custody here. The illegal immigrants are separated by age or physical size depending on room. pic.twitter.com/kFmZgTG2Iv
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) March 22, 2021
The Biden Administration has not allowed news media or Members of Congress to photograph the conditions under which these migrant children are being held.
U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) released leaked photos from Border Patrol facility in Donna, Texas, showing overcrowded facilities for migrant children. (Photo: Congressman Henry Cuellar via Axios)
Cuellar recently visited the facility, but did not take the photos. He said the images were captured over the past weekend.
Project Veritas’ James O’Keefe released additional photographs and video leaked from inside Border Patrol facilities where up to 3,000 unaccompanied migrant minors are being held — often well beyond the 72-hour legal holding limit for minors.
The leak was soon spreading around social media, with some heavy hitters helping it along.
The Biden administration’s unwillingness to allow journalists to get a look at the facilities comes as the President himself has yet to hold an official press conference, some 60 days after he was inaugurated.