US. President Donald Trump's immigration policy was re-examined in March 2019 when photos appeared in which apparently many undocumented immigrants were housed behind a wire fence under a bridge in El Paso, Texas.
On March 27, the website Grit Post published an article titled "Trump Administration Cages Immigrants Under Bridge because the detention center is full". He then reported:
Several pics that have appeared appear to show hundreds of immigrant families imprisoned under the Paso Del Norte Bridge in El Paso, Texas.
The photos were first tweeted by Washington Post (19459006) to immigrant reporters Nick Miroff and Bob Moore, who said immigrants were held there because the border station in El Paso ̵1; just behind Ciudad Juarez in Mexico – is full ,
In this report, Snopes' readers were asked several times about the authenticity of the photos in question and the facts surrounding them.
On March 27, Miroff and Moore actually posted photographs showing the scene under the bridge. Miroff described one of the photos as follows: "This is now El Paso, where hundreds of migrant families are kept in the parking lot of a border station because there is no room inside or elsewhere."
This is right now in El Paso, where hundreds of migrant families are being held in the parking lot of a border patrol station because there is no room inside or anywhere. pic.twitter.com/lFGZ9zRcZk
– Nick Miroff (@NickMiroff) March 27, 2019
For his part, Moore has tweeted, "Hundreds become immigrants Held under the Paso Del Norte bridge in El Paso near the site of [Customs and Border Protection agency] Commissioner [Kevin] McAleenan's press conference. "
– Bob Moore (@ BobMooreNews) March 27, 2019
Apart from the slightly stained language of Grit Post, after Noting that the Trump government had "imprisoned" the immigrants, we think it is right that in March 2019, a crowd of undocumented migrants were jailed under a bridge under a bridge in March 2019 due to overcrowding at the nearest official immigration center in El Paso.
On March 27, US border police spokesman Ramiro Cordero broadly confirmed the facts as reported by Nick Miroff and Bob Moore in [19459005Post] and in the article by Grit Post in an interview with Texas Tribune . Cordero pointed out, however, that the typical time immigrants spent in the improvised facility was relatively short.
Following are excerpts from the interview with Cordero, which published the Texas Tribune on March 27:
Cordero : When illegal immigrants are arrested they [usually] brought in the [processing center]. When people in the facility are processed and sent to immigration and customs, or wherever they are, more people are brought. [from the camp] It is only a transitional device. Weeks ago, the community had problems that the [undocumented immigrants] camped out on the dike road [south of the border fence]. They said we would leave them there overnight. So we built the tent to keep people away from the elements.
Texas Tribune [TT]: How long are the people there?
Cordero : It could take a few hours. It could be 12 hours. During this time they get blankets, food, bathrooms, water, snacks – they have it all …  TT : There were some tweets and reports that said some people under the bridge said they It would have been there for two or three days. Is that possible because you said 12 hours or more? What is the maximum?
Cordero : Suppose, for example, you are picked up at 18:00. and you end up at the edge of the river, waiting to be transported for a few hours. Then you land at the next morning at [camp] maybe at 9 o'clock in the morning. Then you will not be processed because there is a bottleneck until the next day. Were you there overnight? Yes, you certainly did. So much is only perspective. The sun went down, it went up again. For them that's two days.
TT : They said that on Wednesday, May 6, there were about 3,500 people in the border patrol in El Paso. Has this number remained constant?
Cordero : This morning we had 3,369 in custody. The vast majority was at El Paso Station.
On March 28, the Associated Press released the following footage of the provisional facility under the bridge:
A press conference closed The border commissioner McAleenan said on March 27 on Paso Bridge Del Norte, said the US immigration border crossing had "arrived," adding that the agency on the southwestern border, particularly in El Paso, was facing an "unprecedented humanitarian crisis and security crisis."