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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 CicillineJustice Department charges Google with illegally maintaining search monopoly Pocan won't seek another term as Progressive Caucus co-chair Jewish lawmakers targeted by anti-Semitic tweets ahead of election: ADL 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 NielsenWatchdog finds top DOJ officials were 'driving force' behind Trump's child separation policy: NYT More than million in DHS contracts awarded to firm of acting secretary's wife: report DHS IG won't investigate after watchdog said Wolf, Cuccinelli appointments violated law 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 TrumpObama slams Trump in Miami: 'Florida Man wouldn't even do this stuff' Trump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Pence's chief of staff tests positive for COVID-19 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.