Dem rep after visiting migrant camps: It's like watching an episode of 'Locked Up Abroad'

Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroLawmakers argue for national Latino museum The Hill's Campaign Report: Impeachment fight to take center stage at Dem debate The Hill's Campaign Report: Warren, Sanders overtake Biden in third-quarter fundraising MORE (D-Texas) said Wednesday that he will push for the House to hold hearings on the conditions at migrant camps following the deaths of two children in Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) custody over the last month.

"The conditions there really are subhuman," Castro, who is line to chair the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said during a call on Wednesday, according to the El Paso Times


"It's like watching an episode of 'Locked Up Abroad' on the National Geographic Channel," Castro continued, referencing the show about people who are arrested and jailed in foreign countries.

"You have people who are strewn on the floor covered in Mylar blankets, which look like foil. They are body-to-body and literally step all over each other," he added.

Castro toured detention centers along the border with other members of Congress earlier this month, the Times noted.  

"There is an overall systemic crisis within CBP," Castro said.

Other House Democratic leaders on Wednesday vowed to investigate the deaths of the two migrant children, one of whom died on Christmas Day, according to CBP.

The boy, 8-year-old Felipe Gómez Alonzo, died after being hospitalized in New Mexico with flu-like symptoms, high fever and vomiting. He had been detained with his father after crossing into the U.S. without documentation.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) in a statement said "it is incumbent upon Congress" to figure out "what happened and who bears responsibility." 

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Wednesday said the agency will adopt a “series of extraordinary protective measures,” including having the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigate an uptick in “sick children” crossing the border, following the deaths.

"So far, that's a general statement as far as I can tell and we have not received specifics," Castro said. "And it also begs the question: Why was this not done before?"