Rev. Samuel Rodriguez was “full of indignation” when he saw the reports and heard from politicians about the ‘deplorable’ and ‘inhumane’ conditions for illegal immigrants at an El Paso County, Texas migrant detention center.
But what he saw at the same facility toured by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. with a group of pastors was “drastically different.”
Rodriguez is the president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization, and a senior pastor of New Seasons Christian Worship Center in Sacramento. He shared his firsthand accounting of the migrant center during a press briefing Monday, after touring it.
“I read the reports, saw the news clips. I just wanted to see what was actually happening in order to better enable our efforts to find a fair and a just solution to our broken immigration system,” Rodriguez, who has advised President Trump and both Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush on immigration reform, noted.
“To my surprise, I saw something drastically different from the stories I’ve been hearing in our national discourse. Even as a veteran of immigration advocacy in the U.S., I was shocked at the misinformation of the crisis at the border.”
The group of pastors was delightfully surprised to see Ocasio-Cortez and the liberal media were, per usual, misleading the American people on the matter.
“We found no soiled diapers, no deplorable conditions and no lack of basic necessities,” Rodriguez remarked, adding he specifically asked border agents if they staged the facility in response to the negative press. “They unequivocally denied it — we were witnessing the identical conditions the attorneys saw when they toured the facility days earlier.”
In fact, some told him that many of those who were making these wild accusations “never toured the areas of the facility that we toured” and speculated they might have had political motivations.
The pastors left feeling encouraged by what they saw from the agents, “many of which are Latinos, by the way.”
He said one emotional Border Patrol agent turned to him and said, referring to the lies being spread about them: “Pastor Sam, what they’re saying about us is completely false. We care about these kids and have a passion for our calling.”
Pastor Carlos Moran, NHCLC board member and immigrant, said, “we, as evangelical leaders that serve in different segments, are very committed to helping children regardless of their status and we commend those officers that are trying their very best to serve and fulfill their duty at the border. However, we do call on our political leaders to set aside their personal agendas and begin focusing on resolving this immigration crisis.”
Rodriguez says that consecutive White House administrations and in especially both congressional Democrats and Republicans are to blame. He also calls on them to work in conjunction to “address the system they created.”
“What’s heart-wrenching is that we have both Republicans and Democrats alike in Congress, who can’t come together for the purpose of doing the right thing and finding a solution to our immigration crisis,” he said.
“Please, President Trump, please White House, work with the Republicans and the Democrats [and] please, please, please, please, Nancy Pelosi, Kevin McCarthy, Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer, please come together to solve this crisis, immediately.”
Once again, this proves that Democrats and their sidekick media outlets are full of it and will say or do anything that they think will boost their standing.
Surely, liberal news will not report this, however, as they are more interested in spreading lies and thrashing Trump than reporting any truths that could reflect poorly on Democrats.