Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), citing a report but not specifying a name, said that migrants in the country illegally are mistreated in temporary facilities.
“I just read a report that some of the children don’t have food, they aren’t being able to shower, they’re being held for more than 72 hours without going to Office of Refugee Resettlement, they aren’t being given access to lawyers,” Khanna said in an interview on MSNBC’s This Week with Joshua Johnson.
“These are human rights violations,” Khanna said. “We need to expedite and make sure they’re allowed to apply for asylum. We need to expedite their reunification with families and put them in a place that isn’t behind bars as unaccompanied minors and at least has food and proper shelter.”
Khanna was interview because his district may house migrant minors at NASA’S Moffett Field.
Khanna said he told officials they needed to “meet a very high standard” to care for the children if Moffett Field was to be used. He urged Congress to “fund the refugee resettlement places” to ensure children have access to “proper care” as they apply for asylum.
Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) said he visited a Texas facility that has been used for years and the conditions were good, reports Breitbart News.
First of all, let me say about the place – they set up places where they have a place for legal services,” Cuellar said in an interview with National Public Radio (NPR). “They have a place there for education, where they do long-distance learning, medical and cafeteria. They’re not cages. I can tell you that much,” Cuellar said. “But it’s a facility that’s being run by a vendor, a contractor that’s been doing this for many years. And FEMA uses them, and, of course, HHS uses them also.”
“I can tell you it’s not a concentration camp by far,” Cuellar said in the interview. “It is not a – you know, kids are being kept in cages. We saw where they slept. We saw where they shower. We saw where they get educated. We saw where they get legal services. We saw where they were first brought in and given new clothes and – so they can be here. So, you know, with all due respect, it’s not that at all.”
Unaccompanied Alien Children taken into custody totals 9.297 in February 2021, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.