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PoliticsDemocrats push back on Pence's description of border facility

09:40  14 july  2019
09:40  14 july  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

Pence targets Ocasio-Cortez's concentration camp comments in remarks to pro-Israel group

Pence targets Ocasio-Cortez's concentration camp comments in remarks to pro-Israel group Vice President Mike Pence on Monday tore into Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) for likening detention facilities near the southern border to "concentration camps" as he spoke to a pro-Israel group in Washington, D.C. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The vice president did not mention Ocasio-Cortez by name, but seized on her remarks in a lengthy portion of his speech that began with his recollection of visiting the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp earlier this year.

As Pence was touring the facility , House Democrats back in Washington were holding a high-profile hearing on what they said were inhumane conditions But Pence told reporters he “couldn’t be more impressed” by what he described as “the compassionate work” by Border Patrol agents at the facility

Vice President Mike Pence comes to the Texas border to counter reports of immigrants being National Republicans were quick to push back . “While 2020 Democrats continue to push radical A view from the southeast side of the U. S . Customs and Border Protection facility in Clint, Texas, on

Several Democrats traveled to Texas on Saturday and toured the same facility that Vice President Mike Pence visited the day prior.  Massachusetts Democrat Jim McGovern tweeted out a video of a group of migrants crowded behind a glass panel at the McAllen, Texas border patrol station.

He was one of several House lawmakers who documented the visit showing detainees cramped on concrete floors and in caged holding cells.

"The cruelty of people sleeping on the floor, being kept in such conditions for 60 days, it's just beyond comprehension," said Rep. Nydia Velazquez of New York.

Pence toured the same facility Friday. He pushed back against Democrats' claims of a "manufactured crisis" and defended border agents.

"This is tough stuff, Pence said. "And when we have overflow, as we do in an overwhelmed system, the need for those temporary facilities is evident."

But the images stood in stark contrast to a center for migrant families that the vice president visited earlier in the day where he said they were being properly cared for.

Mike Pence heads to border to defend migrant facilities as Democrats decry 'unconscionable' conditions

Mike Pence heads to border to defend migrant facilities as Democrats decry 'unconscionable' conditions Mike Pence will tour a migrant detention center while House Democrats host a hearing about the centers featuring Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez . The dueling events will put all eyes — and TV cameras – on conditions at the facilities, which have drawn intense scrutiny due to reports chronicling severe overcrowding and inadequate care for migrant families.

Though Pence ’ s office also extended invitations to Senate Democrats for the Friday visit, none were in attendance, underscoring the highly politicized situation as the humanitarian crisis at the US-Mexico border unfolds. A group of congressional Democrats will tour the area on Saturday. Democratic Sen.

The Democratic presidential primary contest, meanwhile, has so far been dominated by candidates pushing sweeping liberal policies. But several prospective candidates have begun warning against an overly aggressive liberal platform. At a house party last month in Waterloo, Iowa, Sen.

"One of the mothers just told me when I ask her how are you being treated here, she said 'very good.' That's what the American people expect," Pence said.

Democrats push back on Pence's description of border facility© VERONICA CARDENAS / REUTERS U.S. Vice President Mike Pence talks to young asylum-seekers at the Donna Soft-Sided Processing Facility in Donna

The Vice President says it's up to Congress to act. Lawmakers have already approved a $4.6 billion package for emergency border funding and Democrats say they're working on new legislation.

President Trump said he may visit a detention facility in the future.

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Senate Democrats knocked President Trump's migrant detention policies after a visit to facilities along the U.S.-Mexico border on Friday and pledged to push for changes to the administration's handling of asylum seekers. More than a dozen Democrats, including Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), toured facilities in McAllen, Texas, and met with acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan. "You need to change the policy from the top, that includes the president, that includes Mr. [Stephen] Miller, that includes the very top people at CBP," Schumer said during a press conference after the visits, referring to Customs and Border Protection.

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