People want to donate diapers and toys to children at Border Patrol facilities in Texas. They're being turned away.

  
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People want to donate diapers and toys to children at Border Patrol facilities in Texas. They're being turned away.

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People want to donate diapers and toys to children at Border Patrol facilities in Texas. They're being turned away.


On Sunday, Austin Savage and five of his friends huddled into an SUV and went to an El Paso Target, loading up on diapers, wipes, soaps and toys.

About $340 later, the group headed to a Border Patrol facility holding migrant children in nearby Clint with the goal of donating their goods. Savage said he and his friends had read an article from  The New York Times  detailing chaos, sickness and filth in the overcrowded facility, and they wanted to help.

But when they arrived, they found that the lobby was closed. The few Border Patrol agents — Savage said there were between eight and 10 of them — moving in and out of a parking facility ignored them.

For a while, the group stood there dumbfounded about what to do next. Ultimately, they decided to pack up and head home. Savage said he wasn’t completely surprised by the rejection; before he left, the group spotted a discarded plastic bag near the lobby door holding toothpaste and soap that had a note attached to it: “I heard y’all need soap + toothpaste for kids.”


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“A good friend of mine is an immigration attorney, and he warned us that we were going to get rejected,” Savage said. “We were aware of that, but it’s just the idea of doing something as opposed to passively allowing this to occur.”

Border Patrol facilities are only supposed to hold detained migrants for a short period of time, until they are processed. But an influx of migrants along the southwest border has stretched facilities in places like Clint and McAllen beyond capacity, leading to what people who have visited them have called unsafe and unsanitary conditions.

A slew of other sympathetic people, advocacy groups and lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle have expressed a desire to lend a hand to the kids housed in the facilities. But after purchasing items like toys, soap, toothbrushes, diapers and medicine — especially as news reports circulate of facilities  having drinking water that tastes like bleach  and sick children without enough clothing — they’ve been met with a common message: No donations are being accepted.

“It makes me feel powerless knowing there’s children taking care of toddlers and little kids,” said Gabriel Acuña, who grew up in Clint and attempted to visit the facility in his hometown Sunday morning. “Knowing what’s happening in your community and that you can’t give these kids supplies to clean or clothe themselves — it’s heartbreaking.

“For God’s sake, they’re kids, man.”

The less-than-ideal living conditions have been described in great detail over the past few weeks.  Last week , an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice argued in court that the government shouldn’t be required to give migrant children inside Border Patrol detention facilities toothbrushes, soap, towels or showers.

Most have assigned blame for the substandard living conditions to federal officials who are unsure of how to handle the influx of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. The surge has also overwhelmed facilities and led to serious health and safety risks for those sheltered in them. Some kids and teens have spent  nearly a month  without adequate food or water. Nearly a dozen others in a  McAllen facility were sick with the flu.

Democratic state Rep.  Terry Canales  of Edinburg  tweeted  this weekend that he wrote to Border Patrol asking for a list of acceptable items to donate. He  said  officials told his office by email they do not accept donations. An official with Border Patrol did not respond to a request for comment.

“The whole situation is disgusting, but I’m always hopeful that the better part of us as human beings will shine through,” said Canales, whose district neighbors the McAllen facility. “Those children feel like the world has given up on them, and we have to fight for them.

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JohnRussell
1  seeder  JohnRussell    4 months ago

What an embarrassment to America. The rest of the civilized world is shaking their heads at us again. 

 
 
 
WallyW
1.1  WallyW  replied to  JohnRussell @1    4 months ago

It's the democrats who encourage these people to come to the border, but refuse to provide funding for better facilities and greater staffing.

 
 
 
luther28
1.1.1  luther28  replied to  WallyW @1.1    4 months ago

The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows worldwide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

In truth it was Emma Lazarus that offered the initial invitation, I may be wrong but I do not believe any of the current members of the Democratic party  were amongst the living at that time.

 
 
 
Dulay
1.2  Dulay  replied to  JohnRussell @1    4 months ago

They should take those supplies to the facilities that end up helping those released by the CBP. They are strained to the point of breaking from the people that CBP dump on the streets. 

 
 
 
JBB
2  JBB    4 months ago

Trump's policy is to inflict as much pain as possible upon those poor children...

 
 
 
JohnRussell
2.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  JBB @2    4 months ago

You must be right, because it wouldnt take a lot to provide these kids with a decent environment. It has to be intentional, either to try and scare the migrants off from coming, or to upset the SJW Democrats.  [Deleted]

 
 
 
Ronin2
2.2  Ronin2  replied to  JBB @2    4 months ago

It is the Democrats in Congress, namely Kamala Harris in the Senate, that wants to reduce the number of beds and space available for detainees.

Congress has the means to allocate money to improve the conditions at the detention centers, they haven't. Instead of simply bitching about Trump; the left should contact Pelosi and demand she pass a funding bill for more beds, space, medical personnel, lawyers, judges, and supplies.

Instead of simply allowing an over stained system to completely collapse. 

But, yeah blame Trump. WTF ever.

 

 
 
 
evilgenius
2.2.1  evilgenius  replied to  Ronin2 @2.2    4 months ago
...demand she pass a funding bill for more beds, space, medical personnel, lawyers, judges, and supplies.

There will be a House vote today on this. The Progressive wing is not as happy with it as others are, but It is still expected to pass. Another bill will be voted on this week by the GoP controlled Senate and the two bills will be reconciled and sent to Trump by his imposed deadline.

This is still not going to do as much as is needed. The system we have was built for young men from Mexico that came in a little at a time. Not 1000 people a day families. If Trump had declared this a humanitarian crisis instead of a security crisis we might have gotten started on actually helping these people.

 
 
 
Dulay
2.2.2  Dulay  replied to  Ronin2 @2.2    4 months ago
It is the Democrats in Congress, namely Kamala Harris in the Senate, that wants to reduce the number of beds and space available for detainees.

That was false when you said it in another seed and it's false here...

Congress has the means to allocate money to improve the conditions at the detention centers, they haven't. Instead of simply bitching about Trump; the left should contact Pelosi and demand she pass a funding bill for more beds, space, medical personnel, lawyers, judges, and supplies.

The seed isn't about 'detention centers'. 

 
 
 
evilgenius
2.3  evilgenius  replied to  JBB @2    4 months ago
Trump's policy is to inflict as much pain as possible upon those poor children...

Trump's policy is to be a deterrent. To be so horrible as to discourage people from coming. It appeals to his base. The problem is that deterrents in these situations don't work.

 
 
 
luther28
3  luther28    4 months ago

IS AMERICA A CHRISTIAN NATION?

It would appear not, as much as many would disagree.

Though I myself did not know him personally, I would not think that Jesus would approve of such behavior nor those that would.

 
 
 
SteevieGee
3.1  SteevieGee  replied to  luther28 @3    4 months ago

No Luther, America is NOT a christian nation.

 
 
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