With television cameras in tow, Vice President Mike Pence toured a Border Patrol facility in Texas on Friday as Republicans pushed back on reports that migrants detained in such centers are being held in deplorable and unsafe conditions.
"To be honest with you, I was not surprised by what I saw", Pence said afterward.
Banks conceded that numerous men had not showered in 10 or 20 days but that the facility had added a trailer shower on Thursday.
Pence said he expected to see the overcrowding of migrants at the Donna Processing Center. "I knew we'd see a system that was overwhelmed". They said they hadn't showered in weeks, wanted toothbrushes, food. "The McAllen station, where our cells are overflowing ... ought to be a very clear message to every American that the time for action is now and the time for Congress to act to end the flow of families that are coming north from Central America to our border is now".
Speaking in front of the crowd, one protester said, "And these children no longer have the opportunity to dream the American dream, which is the one that they had or their families had".
In a series of tweets late Friday night, Vice President Mike Pence attacked CNN for their coverage of his photo-op visit with undocumented immigrants being imprisoned in camps near the border, with Pence whining that the network was "dishonest".
Pence and the reporters accompanying him saw the outdoor portal full of migrants who had allegedly crossed the USA border illegally.
Slamming Democrats who have called the situation on the border "a manufactured crisis", Pence said the US has "a moral obligation" to overhaul the nation's immigration laws. It also came days before Trump-ordered nationwide raids targeting people in the U.S. illegally are expected to begin, according to administration officials and immigrant activists, actions that would further inflame the issue.
Border officials sought to counter some of the men's claims at the second facility Pence visited.
On MSNBC, he also said, "anyone involved in sexual assault or physical harassment like that I would, of course, expect to be fired, not merely disciplined". "We are saying what is happening here is not normal and you need to figure out a way to take care of it", she said. Pence told reporters every family he spoke to there said they were being well cared for. Rather than broadcast the full story, showing the compassionate care the American people are providing to vulnerable families, tonight CNN only played video of men in the temporary facility and didn't play any footage of the family facility at all ignoring the excellent care being provided to families and children. There, Dawsey described seeing detainees lying on "kindergarten-like napping mats" on the floor with a "thin tinfoil-like blanket".
"The administration is causing problems at the border, not resolving them", committee chairman Elijah Cummings said.
Earlier on Friday in Washington, the House Oversight Committee held a hearing on migrant children who were separated from their parents. It's a tent-like facility that detains about 1,000 migrants. Children told him their journey to the United States by foot took two and three months.