Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shared a photo on Twitter of hundreds of people, including children, crammed into a parking lot at a Border Patrol station in El Paso, TX, pointing out that it was a result of “the course of action” Americans have chosen in dealing with migrant families seeking asylum at our borders.
“Look at this picture,” she wrote. “When you’re looking at this photo, you’re looking at a mirror. This is America. This is Texas. This is our course of action, the one we chose. I cannot and will not accept it. #EndFamilySeparation & #AbolishICE & #ReuniteFamilies & Stop #BackersOfHate.”
Look at this picture.
When you’re looking at this photo, you’re looking at a mirror. This is America. This is Texas. This is our the course of action, the one we chose.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 28, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez included a tweet from Washington Post reporter Nick Miroff which featured a photo he’d taken of a large group of people forced to stand in an underpass behind a fence topped by wire. In his tweet, Miroff had written, “This is El Paso right now, where hundreds of migrant families are being held in the parking lot of a Border Patrol station because there is no room for them inside, or anywhere else.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said at a news conference on Wednesday that the agency had reached the “breaking point” it had been warning about for weeks. He added that March is going to “be the highest month” of migrant encounters in the last 10 years.
“CBP is facing an unprecedentedhumanitarian border security crisis all along our southwest border and nowhere has that crisis manifested more acutely than here in El Paso,” McAleenan said.
As of Wednesday, CBP had in its custody 1,350 unaccompanied minors, with almost a quarter of them 12 years old or younger, according to Miroff. He said that the kids were being held in “overcrowded, unhealthy stations, with no parents,” and that the Department of Health and Human Services which manages the migrant children in custody “can’t pick them up and place them fast enough and CBP can’t release them.”
Children, parents, families — many fleeing violence — being held in a parking lot under a bridge because there is no room inside CBP. This is a failure of the Trump administration. A failure of our immigration system. We have to do better. pic.twitter.com/nji4cxq7C1
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) March 27, 2019