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Cramped conditions in Texas migrant center with scores of migrants sleeping in cramped garage


Shocking new photos reveal the overcrowded and filthy conditions illegal migrants are living in after being intercepted while crossing the US southern border. 

The images see migrants packed tightly into cells, or holding ‘pods’.

According to Fox News there are approximately 5,300 migrants currently in custody with between 40-60 people in each pod, breaking a COVID cap of 10 per pod. 

The facility in Donna, Texas is working flat out to process the arrivals but officials are quickly being outpaced by the relentless influx.

In McAllen, Texas, a series of tents have been set up to house 250 migrants who have become infected with the coronavirus after federal officials admitted they could not cope. 

Within days, there is believed to be close to 650 staying at the makeshift facility in nearby Mission.  

Thousands of migrants took refuge underneath the bridge near the Anzalduas Park holding site as temperatures reached about 100 degrees in Mission, Texas 

Images that were first obtained by Fox News show condition in the migrant center in Donna, Texas

Images that were first obtained by Fox News show condition in the migrant center in Donna, Texas

The facility has been one of the main sites for migrants coming across the southern border

The facility has been one of the main sites for migrants coming across the southern border

The facility in Donna, Texas is working flat out to process the arrivals but officials are quickly being outpaced by the relentless influx

The facility in Donna, Texas is working flat out to process the arrivals but officials are quickly being outpaced by the relentless influx

The facility attempts to process migrant families and unaccompanied children but they are ciurrently being overwhelmed by hundreds of daily arrivals

The facility attempts to process migrant families and unaccompanied children but they are ciurrently being overwhelmed by hundreds of daily arrivals 

On Thursday 800 children arrived having crossed the southern border, while around 600 were released back to their families. 

At the start of the year, in January, 78,000 families crossed the border. Since that time, numbers have skyrockets.

188,000 migrants came across in June, and more than 210,000 arrived in the U.S. in July. 

Joe Biden’s administration says poverty, violence and climate change are among the ‘root causes’ in Central America resulting in the surge 

Other photos released from the former acting commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection reveal the disaster taking place at two other migrant holding areas in Texas

In Mission, Texas tents have been set up to deal with COVID positive migrants

In Mission, Texas tents have been set up to deal with COVID positive migrants

Initially there was capacity for around 250 but there are now 650 at the facility

Initially there was capacity for around 250 but there are now 650 at the facility

Local officials say they had to do it because the Federal Government were overwhelmed at other sites

Local officials say they had to do it because the Federal Government were overwhelmed at other sites

The city of McAllen, Texas has taken it upon themselves to set up the tents

The city of McAllen, Texas has taken it upon themselves to set up the tents 

Fox News was able to shoot footage of the migrants being housed at the facility

Fox News was able to shoot footage of the migrants being housed at the facility 

The photos revealed more than 1,000 immigrants shoved under a bridge in Anzalduas Park, in Mission, at the state’s far southeastern border, in the midst of all 100-degree F heat and disgusting bathroom conditions with  facilities with overflowing waste. 

Meanwhile, the Rio Grande Valley processing station – which has space to hold 600 migrants for processing – is currently housing 12,000, with no end to the onslaught of people in sight.  

‘The White House said migrants are being handled in a humane and orderly way,’ former commissioner Mark Morgan said. 

‘This isn’t humane or orderly, and it’s not the Border Patrol’s fault. They are doing all they can to deal with the disaster created by Biden.’ 

Speaking to DailyMail.com Friday, Morgan explained how July’s figures – 210,000 migrants intercepted crossing from Mexico, were the highest in history, and just 10,000 short of 220,000 recorded on a single month during the 1990s.  

Mark Morgan, President Donald Trump's former commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, says conditions at the migrant holding facilities around the border have not improved since Biden took office

Mark Morgan, President Donald Trump’s former commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, says conditions at the migrant holding facilities around the border have not improved since Biden took office

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According to preliminary figures, 210,000 were apprehended in July at the southern border. The chart shows a comparison between apprehensions in 2021 and 2020

According to preliminary figures, 210,000 were apprehended in July at the southern border. The chart shows a comparison between apprehensions in 2021 and 2020 

He added that while he heard of stories of no showers and toilets available to migrants during President Donald Trump’s terms in office, little has been done, despite Biden’s calls for change. 

Morgan, who now works for educational institute The Heritage Foundation in Washington DC said an estimated 300,000 migrants have successfully crossed into the US without being intercepted since January.

He added that 50 of those caught by border patrol agents have convictions for murder. 

He shared how people have been forced to sleep huddled close to one another under bridges in sweltering weather, despite COVID fears. Many of those migrants are hungry, with mothers struggling to breastfeed their children, and basic hygiene facilities in short supply.  

Morgan criticized the Biden administration’s handling of the situation, saying that border agents were ‘done’ with the lack of assistance from the federal government, the Washington Examiner reports. 

He cited a memo from the Fort Brown Station in Rio Grande Valley, requesting help to process the 10,000 migrants currently there. Since that memo went up, more than 2,000 more migrants have appeared at the site, he said.   

Republicans have said that a rollback of policies that began under Trump including ‘remain in Mexico’ which saw migrants kept on the Mexican side of the border, together with the ending of the border wall construction have ‘encouraged migrants to make the dangerous journey north.’

The surge in migration comes amid a renewed fear of COVID-19 spread related to the delta variant, with concerns that migrants in packed conditions could spread the virus to other migrants, agents and Americans if they are released.

‘As part of the United States’ mitigation efforts in response to the rise in COVID-19 cases due to the delta variant, the Department of Homeland Security has begun to transport individuals expelled under Title 42 by plane to the Mexican interior,’ a spokesperson from the DHS revealed on Friday. 

The number of children traveling alone who were picked up at the border reached an all-time high of more than 19,000 in July, according to preliminary numbers shared with the Associated Press by David Shahoulian, assistant secretary for border and immigration policy at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). 

The migrants at the Anzaduas Park site had originally been housed in the city of McAllen before being relocated on Thursday. 

Local officials had voiced their concerns that the new site in Anzalduas Park would not be adequate without the proper assistance from the federal government, KRGV reported. 

Photos of the Anzalduas Park site shows tents being set up. Officials say that the tents are meant to hold 250 people, but have seen more than 600 occupy them

Photos of the Anzalduas Park site shows tents being set up. Officials say that the tents are meant to hold 250 people, but have seen more than 600 occupy them

Thousands of migrants at the site in Anzalduas have tested positive for Covid-19

Thousands of migrants at the site in Anzalduas have tested positive for Covid-19 

They were moved to the new site and away from the city of McAllen, which declared a disaster emergency on Monday. Pictured, La Joya, Texas

They were moved to the new site and away from the city of McAllen, which declared a disaster emergency on Monday. Pictured, La Joya, Texas

Morgan shared this photo of a bathroom overflowing with waste at Anzalduas Park

They said said the tents that would house the migrants had an original capacity of 250 people, but noted that more than 600 were occupying them at a time. 

Morgan claimed that of 7,000 migrants who had tested positive for Covid-19 had been released to McAllen.  

McAllen Republican Mayor Javier Villalobos had issued a disaster declaration on Monday, citing ‘recent increases in number of released immigrants and the potential for even greater numbers,’ according to a Facebook post he put out on Wednesday. 

He also noted that charitable organizations designated to help migrants in the area are overwhelmed and are buckling under the influx.

The greater area of Hidalgo County followed suit and declared a disaster on Tuesday

Both Villalobos and Texas Governor Abbott have blamed Biden for the current situation. 

Villalobos captioned his video with contact information for federal officials, with Joe Biden's name topping the list

Villalobos captioned his video with contact information for federal officials, with Joe Biden’s name topping the list

The McAllen mayor said the city 'should not be involved' in directing migrants after the city commission voted to set up emergency housing to deal with the influx

The McAllen mayor said the city ‘should not be involved’ in directing migrants after the city commission voted to set up emergency housing to deal with the influx

In a bid to stem the flow of migrants to his state and keep COVID transmission down Abbott signed an executive order last week to prohibit ground transport of migrants by anyone other than law enforcement.

Abbott accused the Biden White House of ‘knowingly importing COVID-19’ and ‘jeopardizing the health and safety of Texans on a daily basis.’

A federal judge temporarily blocked the order.

Villalobos said McAllen’s formal disaster declaration was a bid to get help from the state and federal governments.

Villalobos insisted he did not blame the migrants or local officials trying ‘to protect your community’ but acknowledged the high rate of migrants coming into McAllen with COVID is a problem.  





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