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Biden’s immigrant detention facilities in Texas

 


Photos from a Border Patrol detention tent show children held in squalid conditions. With the Biden administration keeping the press out, the photos offer a rare glimpse at facilities once dubbed “inhumane” by Biden himself.


More than 15,000 unaccompanied migrant children are currently in custody at the US’ southern border with Mexico, with more than 5,000 held in temporary Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities deemed“unacceptable and inhumane,” in the words of Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Border crossings almost tripled in February compared to one year earlier, and are on track to hit a two-decade high, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said last week.


Photos from inside one of these facilities in Donna, Texas, reveal massive overcrowding inside makeshift tent shelters. The pictures, shared with Axios on Sunday by Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), show these plastic-lined “pods” operating at double capacity, with groups of children huddled between crude, plastic sheet dividers.


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