Cuccinelli: Critics of detention conditions 'complaining about the numbers they're attracting'

Cuccinelli: Critics of detention conditions 'complaining about the numbers they're attracting'

Acting United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli on Sunday blamed critics of the Trump administration’s immigration policies for conditions at border detention facilities, saying that they had created the conditions.

“This is a pipeline, Border Patrol’s at the front of the pipeline, [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] is the next stage of the pipeline and their detention beds are not only full, they’re over-full,” Cuccinelli said on “Fox News Sunday.” “Once you’re over those capacity points you encounter problems.”


Cuccinelli accused House Democrats of creating the influx by not fixing “loopholes you could drive a truck through” in the asylum application process, accusing critics of detention facilities of  it was the “height of hypocrisy” for House Democrats to criticize conditions at the facilities of “complaining about the numbers they’re attracting.”

A report by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General last week found “dangerous overcrowding” at facilities in the Rio Grande Valley.

“This report shows that DHS is not making progress to address the humanitarian crisis at the border that the Administration has played a central part in creating," House Homeland Security Committee Chair Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonProgressive Caucus co-chair: Reported oversight change in intelligence office 'seems a bit...fascist' House lawmakers to launch probe into DHS excluding NY from Trusted Traveler Program Cuomo says Wolf, Cuccinelli violated oath of office and should be investigated MORE (D-Miss.) said in a statement last Tuesday.

“These facilities are clearly inhumane. Migrants should not be forced to live in standing room only facilities without access to showers for weeks because DHS cannot leverage its resources effectively. We can and must do better — we need immigration policies that are humane and reflect our core American values,” he added.