Vice President Kamala Harris will finally visit the U.S.-Mexico border on Friday, making a stop in El Paso, Texas, along with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Politico reported Wednesday.
While the vice president is there, she might want to visit the vast, tent-like detention center for migrant youth at Fort Bliss, which is housing some 2,000 migrant teens in deplorable, nightmarish conditions. If she goes, she’ll be able to see first-hand the grave consequences of the Biden administration’s border policies. That’s why she probably won’t go.
But if Harris does go to Fort Bliss, she should be careful. According to a recent investigation by the BBC, there’s an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak at the shelter, where “hundreds of children have tested positive for Covid,” according to one employee. The migrant kids there have dubbed a cluster of quarantine tents “Covid City.”
There have also been outbreaks of strep throat and the flu, as well as persistent lice infestations. One tent of about 800 girls was locked down last month because of lice. The government contractor that runs the facility apparently hasn’t been able to procure enough lice kits to deal with the problem.
The vice president’s handlers will probably also want to keep her away from the food at the shelter, which is reportedly undercooked and often inedible, according to BBC interviews with migrant teens recently discharged from there. “Sometimes the chicken had blood, the meat very red,” one boy said. “We couldn’t stand our hunger and we ate it, but we got sick from it.”
Disease and inadequate food aren’t the only problems at the overcrowded, unlicensed shelter, which is run by government contractors. Children report that there are too few showers and bathrooms and laundry facilities, so they often go weeks without bathing or changing their clothes. There have also been disturbing reports of staff sexually abusing migrant children, including one report of rape.
The BBC investigation is just one account of the neglect and filthy conditions at the Biden administration’s emergency migrant shelters, which were hastily set up to deal with an historic surge of unaccompanied minors illegally
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