Currents News Staff
It’s been a back and forth day for more than 100 migrant children in Texas, reported to be taken away from and then returned to a border facility.
Independent monitors had called the conditions for migrant children inside a border station in Clint, Texas, “unconscionable.”
“There is no soap, there is no diapers. Above all else, there is no human decency,” said Representative Hakeem Jeffries, Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus.
A facility official said in a June 25 call with reporters that there is soap and water available, but another official said they’re not set up for a crush of migrants and unaccompanied children.
The political back and forth on the issue continues in Washington, as on Capitol Hill Democrats echo a call for change.
“It’s about lifting them up in a way that takes them beyond what we do today,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
She is trying to get enough support for a multibillion dollar border funding package by the month’s end, but is up against Republicans questioning her push for a House bill instead of a Senate plan.
“She’s waited 56 days to run out the clock. This is not a time to play politics,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
House Democrats also disagree on the bill. Some said it doesn’t do enough to protect migrants, and that it’s more money for an already broken system.
On June 24 the Trump administration warned it may veto any bill which passes, partly because there’s not enough money for immigration and customs enforcement detention beds.
Meanwhile, a Customs and Border Protection official acknowledged to reporters that children should not be held this long in C.B.P custody.