Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Joaquin Castro and Ayanna Pressley held a press conference following a tour of a Texas migrant facility, which emotional and confrontational as lawmakers struggled to share their experiences against a backdrop of hecklers.
More on the border: Members of Congress visited a Texas border facility Monday as the vitriolic atmosphere surrounding immigration and the treatment of tens of thousands of migrants who have crossed the border, vastly straining the system that has been struggling to keep up amid Trump’s hardline rhetoric reached a fever pitch.
The Democrats delivered an emotional denunciation of what they saw inside the border facilities as protesters shouted that they didn’t believe them.
“When we went into the cell, it was clear that the water was not running … in fact, one of the women said that she was told by an agent to drink from the toilet,” said Rep. Joaquin Castro, a Democrat from Texas and twin brother of presidential candidate Julian Castro.
The Texas visit came the same day as Trump signed a $4.6 billion emergency aid package that Congress passed on Friday. The Democratic-led House had pushed for more restrictions on how the money could be used and stricter oversight, but ultimately lost the battle.
Trump said he hadn’t seen the postings, but claimed Border Patrol agents were not happy with Congress.
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