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ICE chief: I would not describe border facilities as ‘sweltering’

Aaron Schwartz

Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Mark Morgan on Sunday pushed back on reports of sweltering, unsanitary conditions in U.S. border facilities.

Asked on CBS’s “Face the Nation” about reports of men in detention facilities placed in overcrowded pens and forced to sleep on concrete, Morgan responded, “I would not describe them as they were described.”

{mosads}When host Margaret Brennan noted that national press took video footage of the facilities, Morgan responded, “I would not describe them as ‘sweltering hot.’”

He acknowledged overcrowding in border facilities, but said that those run by Customs and Border Protection are “not meant to be long-term holding facilities” and blamed congressional inaction for the conditions and overcrowding.

When Brennan noted that Congress recently approved billions in requested border aid, Morgan said, “it’s working,” but added that “this could have been prevented had Congress given the funding earlier than when we asked–it would have alleviated some of it.”

Vice President Mike Pence, who visited a facility near McAllen, Texas, with several Republican senators and members of the press, acknowledged the overcrowding in the facilities but blamed it on congressional Democrats.

President Trump, meanwhile, claimed on Sunday morning that the facilities for adults and children received “great reviews” and dismissed the areas for adult men as “loaded up with a big percentage of criminals.”

 

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