We Now Have A Better Look At What Migrants Are Facing In Detention Centers Thanks To Joaquin Castro And A Secret Camera
The growing list of allegations against ICE, DHS, and Border Patrol sent a group of members of Congress to Texas on Monday. Their mission was to get inside a for-profit migrant detention center.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Veronica Escobar, and Joaquin Castro were among the group that traveled to Texas to visit what many are calling a migrant prison.
While they had to check their phones with security, many of them took to Twitter to share the horrors they saw inside. Castro, however, managed to take photos and videos, further proving that the heartbreaking conditions at these facilities are unacceptable.
Castro’s secretly captured footage shows the shocking conditions inside migrant detention centers.
Castro, chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, led a delegation of more than a dozen Democratic lawmakers to tour the U.S. Customs and Border Protection facilities in southwest Texas on Monday.
The delegation was told to “surrender their phones” ahead of the tour, AOC wrote on Twitter. But Castro “was able to get a device in.”
Castro said in an interview that he had no second thoughts about taking and sharing the images after officials had asked the lawmakers on a facility tour to leave their cellphones behind. He posted the images after visiting a station in El Paso.
The group was able to meet with women who wanted their photos and stories to be shared with the world.
The congressional members met with a group of women in custody who agreed to be filmed and gave their names, according to a senior aide in Castro’s office.
His undercover videos showed women who had been denied showers for more than two weeks and others who had been denied medication.
Castro posted the video on his Twitter account purportedly showing the women, who he said were all from Cuba, sitting in sleeping bags on a concrete floor of a small cell, which he said had a toilet but no running water to drink from or to wash their hands.
“Many said they had not bathed for 15 days,” Castro tweeted. “Some had been separated from children, some had been held for more than 50 days. Several complained they had not received their medications, including one for epilepsy.”
And showers that are so tiny it would seem impossible to even turn around in them.
Next, the delegation toured a border patrol station in Clint, which Castro said houses children and some parents. Castro posted a video on Twitter purportedly showing the mobile shower units there, which he described as “dank, dirty” and “small in number for the hundreds of people there just a few weeks ago.”
Castro also recounted seeing a young boy in custody at the facility who smiled and “pressed his face against the dirty glass of a locked steel door,” trying to talk to them through the thick glass.
Ingraham —a virulent racist who has cozied up to white nationalists and continued to downplay the inhumanity of separating migrant children from their families and placing them in cages — chimed in, comparing the conditions for children in detention to those of U.S. soldiers fighting in Iraq.
Castro shot back: ““You’re a white supremacist, Laura. And, no, I don’t think refugees should be kept in war-zone conditions in the most prosperous nation on earth.”