El Paso border groups called for an end to migrant children being housed at emergency intake shelters at Fort Bliss during a protest Tuesday night.
The demonstration was at a city of El Paso Park outside the Army post, where more than 4,000 children who arrived at the Southwest border without a parent or legal guardian are being held in shelters as they wait to receive a sponsor in the U.S.
Children ages 13 to 17 are being temporarily housed, but shelter conditions have been inadequate, with reported COVID-19 infections, lice and other disease outbreaks.
“We’re here today to denounce the conditions of the children inside the U.S. military base,” said Fernando Garcia, executive director for the Border Network for Human Rights.
In May, when the El Paso Times asked U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra about conditions at the shelters, he said the operation was “showing real progress.”
“Health and Human Services is going to do what we are legally and morally obligated to do, and that is provide that safe and healthy environment for these kids,” Becerra said.
On Tuesday, after speakers from the Border Network for Human Rights, the Coalition to End Child Detention in El Paso and Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance addressed the crowd, protesters held a banner in front of southbound U.S. 54. In block letters, the banner read: “Free our children.”
Diana Martinez, the co-founder of the Coalition to End Child Detention, said she hopes to see more people protesting the conditions at the shelters.
“Bring yourself back to a situation where you feel like you don’t know where the end is,” Martinez said. “Connect to that feeling. That’s where those children are.”
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Hey, Kamala—ha-ha-ha-ha—why don’t you take that long overdue trip down to the border and take a good long look at what you’re totally incapable of dealing with. Which is the biggest reason you haven’t been—you don’t have a clue what to do about it—so you make a joke out of it like it is no big deal.
More and more, i’d love to just be able to put up a MASSIVE wall of fire, along the ENTIRE border, and Scorch into ash, any illegal invader, crossing that wall.. INSTANTLY!
ltuser : You might want to cut back a little on your drugs.
Why?? THink i am being too harsh on all these illegal invaders, flooding into our nation?
Ooooh! She couldn’t do that, there’s disease, germs, cooties, even a mask won’t work! It’s just not seemly for a well bred, genteel lady to go to such places wherethere’s litter, feces, drug paraphenalia just tossed everywhere like L.A. and San Francisco in her home state.
By “well bred” I assume you mean being bred by any man who came around who could bolster her career
Harris said, “Do not come,” in Guatemala. She didn’t say that when promotions and gifts were to be bred.
Dr. Fauci, why are you not worried about illegal aliens spreading covid? Lice, TB, tropical diseases brought into our Country by illegal aliens. Criminals, drug dealers, child molesters and welfare for illegals. Washington DC is sure looking out for us, aren’t they?
AND One wonders.. ARE All these illegals coming in, being forced to get the vaccine, like millions of AMERICANS are??
The Democrats don’t care about these kids. They shouldn’t be here. They should be back home with their parents. And parents who send their children here, unaccompanied, at the mercy of drug smugglers and human traffickers, should be prosecuted for child abuse and abandonment in their home countries.
IF an american parent, MADE THEIR KID walk across 2 or more states to “Go visit your relative”, ON THEIR OWN, they would be instantly arrested for child abuse, neglect and maltreatment.
SO WHY ARE NOT THE PARENT(s) of these illegal alien kids, being charged!?
There is NO upside to this invasion. The democraps think they will vote for them, but it is unlikely these illegal invaders will risk going to the poles to vote illegally. It might jeopardize their hiding in the shadows, collecting our tax money.
Why would they shy away from it, WHEN SO MANY DEM CITIES LET THEM VOTE anyway?!