Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, posted a shocking video of a “capsule” at a Texas migrant facility along the southern border that houses nearly nine times more people than it was designed to hold.
Lankford toured the immigration detention facilities on Friday along with Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and other Republican senators.
The Oklahoma senator shared a video on Twitter of a tour of a migrant detention center along the southern border that illustrated the surprising scene: a capsule designed to house 80 people filled to the brim with more than 700 migrants.
“The second day from the border: This is a capsule that is designed to house 80 people that currently house 709,” Lankford wrote.
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The video showed people shoulder to shoulder, sitting and sleeping on the ground wrapped in aluminum blankets. The migrants were held behind transparent walls, some without masks.
Lankford posted a follow-up tweet showing a side-by-side comparison of what the facility is supposed to look like in operation and what it looked like on Friday.
“For a side-by-side comparison, the first photo is from my trip to the border in 2019; the second is from today,” Lankford wrote. “Plenty of room to walk and spread out safely.”
“Tell me this is not a crisis,” he added.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who was also on the trip, posted on a Twitter thread that the Border Patrol is “overwhelmed, overworked, [and] discouraged by new policies. “
“Agents took us down a dangerous road to the Rio Grande, where we could hear Cartel members mocking us on the other side of the river,” he wrote. “Human trafficking, child abuse, [and] drug smuggling is rampant. “
“This is a crisis,” Collins added.
The Lankford footage came as the Biden administration continues to ruin the border crisis.
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Texas Republican Representatives Van Taylor and August Pfluger toured adolescent migrant detention facilities in their respective jurisdictions and later shared their experiences in interviews with Fox News.
Taylor said migrants detained at the Dallas Convention Center are sleeping “head to toe” at the facility. Pfluger told Fox News that about one in 10 of the migrants at the Midland facility had tested positive for COVID-19.
“They have a mix of single and double rooms here. Over 300 children, about 10% positive for COVID,” Pfluger said. “About 10 to 11%.”