While Democrats, establishment media, and other critics of the Trump administration are gripped by the drama of illegal child immigrants currently held in detention facilities on the U.S. border with Mexico, little attention appears to be focused on the dramatic surge of young illegal immigrants that sought entry to the U.S. during the second term of the Obama administration.
During the first eight months of the 2014 fiscal year, more than 160,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended in the Texas’ Valley sector alone, thus eclipsing the total for the entirety of 2013. Those apprehensions included 33,000 unaccompanied minors.
The increase of illegal immigrants, who had largely originated in Central and South America, created a backlog at the border and compelled federal authorities to reduce overcrowding at processing facilities at the border, which were not not designed for long-term detention. Advocacy groups complained that immigrants, including unaccompanied minors, were sleeping on concrete floors and benches in detention cells without private restrooms or showers. In June 2016, various churches and advocacy groups issued complaints to the Department of Homeland Security on behalf of more than 100 unaccompanied minors who, they alleged, had been mistreated by Border Patrol or Customs officials within the previous 12 months.
Then Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testified on June 11, 2016 before a Congressional committee that the Federal Emergency Management Agency dedicated 70 full-time personnel to coordinating humanitarian relief efforts for the surge of unaccompanied children caught at the border. At the time, the Obama administration was utilizing three military installations, including an Air Force base in Texas, to house unaccompanied minors.
Democrats are the problem. They don’t care about crime and want illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our Country, like MS-13. They can’t win on their terrible policies, so they view them as potential voters!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 19, 2018
Documenting the accomodations provided to undocumented Central American immigrants detained in federal facilities in Texas, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) released a series of photographs in June 2016.
Other photographs that were recorded by photojournalists documented the conditions at similar detention centers. Some of the photos showed children sleeping on concrete floors and wrapped in emergency blankets. Thousands were subsequently housed in centers throughout the U.S., while some were released to relatives or foster care.