Shocking images were released of one of Biden’s detention facilities – which show an overwhelmingly packed facility with children locked in “pods” forced to virtually be on top of one another.
The photos also show children sleeping on the floors along with makeshift beds.
The situation has gotten so bad at the Biden facility that Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar leaked the photos to Axios to expose just how bad the conditions are.
Cuellar told the news outlet that one “pod” held more than 400 unaccompanied male minors. The pods, however are designed to hold a maximum of 260 people, he said.
The pods provide “terrible conditions for the children,” Cuellar added, saying these children should be moved to be housed and cared for by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Cuellar told Axios that he didn’t visit the facility in Donna, Texas himself, adding that the photos were provided to him as he attempts to raise awareness of the situation at the border.
Customs and Border Protection (CPB) agents are “doing the best they can under the circumstances” but are “not equipped to care for kids” and “need help from the administration,” he said.
“We have to stop kids and families from making the dangerous trek across Mexico to come to the United States. We have to work with Mexico and Central American countries to have them apply for asylum in their countries.”
The facility that the photos were leaked from was the Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV), which has reportedly started to release illegal aliens into the U.S. without a scheduled court date, according to Fox News.
Border Patrol officials told Fox News that they have been directed to use “prosecutorial discretion (PD) to forgo the hours-long process of paperwork required to issue [a Notice to Appear] amid the surge of migrants at the border.” The illegal border crossers are instead entered into the system using biometric data and then allegedly released into the United States.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded to a question from a report about the photos.
“These photos show what we have long been saying, which is these border patrol facilities are not places made for children,” Psaki told reporters at the White House on Monday.
“They are not places we want children to be staying for an extended period of time. Our alternative is to send children back on this treacherous journey. That is not in our view the right choice to make.”
“Children presenting themselves at our border who are fleeing violence, who are fleeing prosecution, terrible situations, is not a crisis,” she said in elaborating. “We feel it is our responsibility to humanely approach this circumstance.”
But over the past several weeks, Cuellar issued several warnings about the border crisis, saying that President Joe Biden’s administration needs to improve its messaging.
“You just can’t say, ‘Yeah, yeah, let everybody in’—because then we’re affected down there at the border,” he remarked, adding, “The bad guys know how to market this.” Cuellar’s district lies along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Border Patrol officials told Fox News that this was separate from the unaccompanied minors disaster that has unfolded under Biden. The Washington Post reported on Saturday that there are 15,000 unaccompanied children in the possession of the U.S. federal government – almost double the highest number ever recorded by the Department of Homeland Security.
Former President Donald Trump blasted Biden on Sunday over the border crisis, saying that his administration handed Biden “the most secure border in history” and that “all they had to do was keep this smooth-running system on autopilot.”