Vice President Mike Pence viewed a crowded, filthy-smelling facility in Texas on Friday, where nearly 400 men are being held after being accused of illegally crossing the US border.
For example, 384 single men were shaved behind metal fences in the blistering factory in McAllen, according to a pool reporter on the spot.
The men had no mats or pillows and some slept on concrete.
The cages were said to be so busy that it was impossible for all men to lie down at the same time.
Vice President Mike Pence is touring Donna Soft-Sided Processing Facility in Donna, Texas
Some people who met Pence said they were staying there for 40 days or more, were hungry and wanted to brush their teeth
Asylum seekers, including children, are detained in the reception room at the Donna processing facility in Texas
Some men said they were staying there for 40 days or more, were hungry, and wanted to brush their teeth. Some officers who guarded the cages wore face masks.
Water was available outside the gates, the pool reporter said. He mentioned agents who said the men had access to the water when journalists were not present.
After visiting the facility, Pence said at a press conference that he was not surprised by what he saw.
He said: & # 39; I knew we would see a system that was overwhelmed. These are difficult things. & # 39;
A patrol agent, Michael Banks, said the men were allowed to brush their teeth once a day.
He said: & # 39; We currently have 88,000 toothbrushes. & # 39;
The conditions in the facility are said to be dirty and smelly, with many of the men having not showered for up to 20 days
After visiting the facility, Pence said at a press conference that he was not surprised by what he saw
Many of the men had not showered for 10 to 20 days because the facility had not had showers before, according to Banks, who said it now had a trailer shower. Banks said the tallest man in the facility had been 32 days.
The men received three hot meals a day from local restaurants, but couldn't get cots to sleep because there wasn't enough room for them.
Another 275 women lived in redesigned army tents, he said.
Pence said the center at McAllen was a & # 39; good example & # 39; why the United States must secure their borders.
He later tweeted: & # 39; The facility is overcrowded and our system is overwhelmed. It is time for Democrats in Congress to step in, do their jobs and end this crisis. & # 39;
Pence said the center at McAllen was a & # 39; good example & # 39; why the United States must secure their borders
President Donald Trump, a republican, has fought against illegal immigration as a focal point of his administration, trying to deal with a wave of predominantly Central American families crossing the US-Mexico border.
Pence also saw a separate facility for families, divided into rooms for women with children, men with children, unaccompanied minors and entire family units.
Inside, migrants lay on aluminum foil-like blankets and some children watched television. Two of the children said they had walked for two to three months before arriving at the facility.
Pence tweeted: & # 39; The facility is overcrowded and our system is overwhelmed. It's time for Democrats in Congress to step in, do their job, and end this crisis & # 39;
Inside, migrants lay on aluminum foil-like blankets and some children watched television
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