CLINT, Tex. – Women in areas without running water, sleeping bags on concrete, and children kept away from their families: Democratic lawmakers said when they visited two border facilities in Texas on Monday.  Her emotional and graphic descriptions came on a day when ProPublica reported the existence of a secret Facebook group for current and former border guards. Contributions on the side of the group included jokes about the deaths of migrants, obscene GIFs and doctoral images of Hispanic lawmakers. Some of the most insulting posts were addressed to MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York.
wife. Ocasio-Cortez shot down the group on Monday night in a series of tweets that portrayed the visit. "These officials felt bold," she said, pointing out that members of the congressional delegation were asked to hand in their phones before the visit. "While mgmt told us it was a" secure facility "where * congress members * needed to check their phones, we laughingly caught officials trying to sneak photos."
Customs and Border Protection: "The good behavior of CBP was toxic. Imagine how they deal with the women who are trapped inside them.
Border Police chief Carla Provost said posts on Facebook are "completely inappropriate". "On Monday evening, Customs and Border Protection announced to open an investigation of the Facebook group.
The ProPublica report exacerbated the tense atmosphere that the group of democratic legislators found in their planned tour of facilities in Clint and El Paso.
"It feels like a prison," said Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III of Massachusetts. "And they treat her like a prisoner."
"This entire system is broken." he said. "They deserve better, and our country deserves better."
Woman. Ocasio-Cortez said in a tweet that Customs and Border Guard "cleared up a lot" before we arrived. She said that women had told her that they had spent 15 days without a shower and bathing was not to begin until four days after the congressional visit was announced.
Some women, she said, told her they needed to drink from the toilet when the faucet in their cell broke. An official of the customs and border guards refused to comment on the allegation.
At a press conference on Monday afternoon, the legislature's emotional descriptions were almost completely drowned out by a handful of demonstrators, some of whom wore Trump 2020 banners, and placards calling for stricter border security, deportation and the construction of a wall on the southwestern border ,
"Ankle pile", a man shouted as the legislature tried to describe what they had seen at a border patrol station in El Paso and a migrant facility in Clint. "Break the onions," a woman shouted, mocking how some of the Democrats visibly became emotional in front of the microphones.
"We do not want Muslims here," another shouted a few minutes before Michigan MP Rashida Tlaib. One of the first Muslim women elected to Congress promised to "outdo her hatred".
"You can yell at me all," she said. "I will never stop telling the truth the power."
Immigration activists contributed to the tumult as they sought to combat the insults and interjections with the support of lawmakers.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Has Organized the Day Trip to Texas According to reports of children living in misery at the Clint facility, the Trump administration officials have firmly rejected the allegations. The group also visited a facility of the Ministry of Health and Human Services Refugee Bureau.
Legislators, however, came out of border patrols describing living conditions for adults or children with Cuban, Honduran and Guatemalan women. Among them are grandmothers and a young pregnant woman who are sharing the cells, and some are sobbing with fear of retaliation from the guards for telling their stories about being a migrant child. Lawmakers said they were told not to speak with migrants.
In the end, however, the group spoke to a number of migrants in the facilities. In pictures and videos taken by the representative of Texas, Joaquin Castro, on a device smuggled into the facility, a group of women, some with tear-stained cheeks, crouched in blue sleeping bags. They told lawmakers that they did not have access to medicines. Officials rejected these allegations.
When she asked a woman what she had brought to the facility, Ms. Dean recalled in an interview, "The woman said, 'I crossed that damned river. I wanted to come to America. That's my offense. "
Most Democratic lawmakers voted against a $ 4.6 billion humanitarian aid package last month for fear of sending more federal funds to the border without strict oversight. The visit seemed to harden her resolve.
"After I forced myself into a cell with women and started talking to them, one of them described their treatment by officers as" psychological warfare. " Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Monday . "Tell me, what's up, that funding is missing?"
President Trump signed the rescue package shortly after the legislators had finished their press conference.
"I do not know what you are talking about members of Congress," Trump told reporters Monday, "I know the border police are not satisfied with the Democrats in Congress."