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Pence Claims Migrants Held In Packed Cages Going 40 Days Without Showers Are ‘Well-Cared For’


Pence Claims Migrants Held In Packed Cages Going 40 Days Without Showers Are ‘Well-Cared For’

Vice President Mike Pence toured a dangerously overcrowded and foul-smelling McAllen Border Patrol station in Texas on Friday.

Images and videos from Pence’s visit showed around 384 men being held inside standing-room-only mental fences in the “sweltering hot” facility where they didn’t even have anything resembling mats or pillows.

The men, many who told White House press pool reporters that they had been detained for more than 40 days, complained of not having had a shower or having been able to brush their teeth in weeks.

“The stench was horrendous,” a reporter said. Video footage showed some of the border officers guarding the cages wearing face masks to combat the stench.

The temperature in McAllen, Texas, hit 99 degrees on Friday, with a heat index climbing to 110 degrees.

One man held inside the facility yelled through the fence to reporters, “Cuarenta dias, cuarenta dias” or “40 days” in Spanish. He could be seen holding up four fingers with one hand and forming a zero with the other to indicate his 40 days in captivity. A patrol agent at the scene claimed the longest any detainee had been at the facility was 32 days.

“No shower, no shower,” someone else could be heard shouting from the cages. The border patrol agent acknowledged that many of the men had not showered for 10 to 20 days for the simple reason that there were no actual showers at the facility until recently.

Another could be heard saying, “No agua,” or “No water” in Spanish.

“There were no mats of pillows — some of the men were sleeping on concrete,” the pool reporter said.

The vice president and pool reporters were pulled out of the caged area within 90 seconds.

Following his visit to the McAllen Border Patrol station and a newer facility, Pence said that “every family that I spoke to told me that they are being well cared for.”

He said he was “not surprised by what I saw. I knew we’d see a system that was overwhelmed.”

Pence later took to Twitter to criticize CNN for being “so dishonest” in reporting the story. “Our great @CBP agents deserve better and the American people deserve the whole story from CNN!” Pence wrote.


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