After weeks of waiting, photographs taken inside one of the Biden Administration’s border facilities in Texas have been released. The photos from the Rio Grande Valley Sector facility show extremely crowded conditions, with children, huddled together inside plastic tent-like rooms. Several children can be seen with no masks on amid the sea of minors sleeping under foil blankets.
Axios obtained the photographs from Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas). The center consists of eight “pods” designed to house a maximum of 260 people, but according to Rep. Cuellar, as of Sunday each pod housed “more than 400 unaccompanied male minors.”
The New York Times has called the conditions inside the facility “horrific,” with children subjected to “disease, hunger and overcrowding.” The Times compared the facility housing the migrants to detention centers, calling the structures “akin to jails.”
According to USA Today, the Biden Administration is “still sheltering children separated from close family members in federal facilities for weeks on end — something immigrant advocates and attorneys had hoped the new administration would resolve by now.”
As unaccompanied minors continue to cross the border, while others are being separated from their families and sent into these crowded facilities, the Biden Administration has started the practice of releasing some migrants into the community with no court date and without so much as a Covid-19 test. The administration continues to blame former President Trump for the current situation at the border.