The Biden administration is facing calls to shut down a makeshift “processing facility” underneath a Texas bridge after the American Civil Liberties Union blasted the “inhumane outdoor pen” holding thousands of illegal immigrants.
US Border Patrol have been processing illegal immigrants — mainly families with young children — at the temporary outdoor facility under the Anzalduas Bridge in Mission for several months.
But shocking footage emerged last week showing nearly a thousand immigrants being held under the bridge after illegally crossing the border.
The ACLU on Monday called on the Biden administration to close the “inhumane detention center.”
They described the facility as a “stretch of gravel and grass patches under an international highway” and said it risks the health and safety of migrants being detained there.
“That’s why we’re calling on the Biden administration to immediately close the site and implement oversight measures to ensure Border Patrol no longer holds anyone under such inhumane conditions,” they said.
The ACLU said it toured the Anzalduas Bridge site back in June and claims migrants were being held outdoors in 90-degree temperatures with “inadequate cooling.”
“We observed them being held in an area with hard benches and gravel as the only places to rest or sleep,” the ACLU said.
Top Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik last week called the site an “absolute catastrophe” for the Biden administration after the footage of migrants crowded under the bridge emerged.
The drone video was posted by Fox News’ Bill Melugin with the caption: “This is the largest group of migrants we’ve ever seen being held by Border Patrol under Anzalduas Bridge in Mission, TX. Looks like it could be up to 1,000 people. We can only get a look at the area with our drone. There’s a popular Rio Grande crossing area nearby.”
The White House continues to face pressure over how to deal with the border crisis given the record smashing influx of illegal immigrants since Biden took office.
More recently, the administration is grappling with the surging number of illegal immigrants testing positive for COVID-19.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed executive orders last week that direct state National Guard troops to assist with arrests of illegal immigrants and to allow state troopers to stop vehicles suspected of transporting illegal immigrants.
The troopers can stop vehicles “upon reasonable suspicion” and can reroute them to their point of origin or impound them if they are found to be carrying illegal immigrants.
Attorney General Merrick Garland, however, sued to block Abbott’s transportation order, calling it “dangerous” and “contrary to federal law.”