Trump admin releases video of detention center in Texas

Trump admin releases video of detention center in Texas
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Monday released footage of an immigration detention center in McAllen, Texas, where children have been separated from their parents as part of the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy at the border.

The footage was released a day after members of the media and several Democratic lawmakers were taken on a tour of the processing facility near the U.S.-Mexico border. Reporters were not allowed to bring cameras into the facility or interview anyone.

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The video shows dozens of children standing or sitting in cages made from metal fencing inside the old 55,000-square foot warehouse, which has been converted into a holding facility. Some people were shown lying down, using foil-like sheets as blankets.

Border Patrol said nearly 200 people in the facility were unaccompanied minors while 500 were "family units" of parents and children, according to CBS News. Many of the adults who have crossed the border illegally could be charged and jailed, splitting them up from their children. 

The video comes as many Democratic and Republican lawmakers voice outrage over the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy that was announced in April, where adults apprehended outside an official port of entry are prosecuted away from their children.

Rep. David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineForeign Affairs chairman: US military intervention in Venezuela 'not an option' Greedy tort bar tarts up the CREATES Act Whitaker takes grilling from House lawmakers MORE (D-R.I.) tweeted on Sunday that officials told him 1,147 children have been separated from parents at the facility in McAllen. 

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenTrump taps FEMA official to lead agency Unscripted Trump keeps audience guessing in Rose Garden The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - Will there be any last-minute shutdown drama? MORE has defended Trump's policy at the U.S.-Mexico border, and on Monday argued that illegal actions have consequences.

She also argued that Americans should not believe the media in regards to their coverage of the policy, while President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE has also doubled-down on the policy.

The Associated Press reported on Friday that about 2,000 children were separated from their parents from mid-April to the end of May.