US President Donald Trump has again defended the internment camps for migrants on the Mexican border against criticism. “Many of them – not all, but many of them – are incredible, they are doing really well,” Trump told journalists in Washington on Friday.
Commenting on the border police, he added, “I think they are doing a great job with these facilities.” The problem of overcrowding could be solved by keeping migrants away from the United States instead of crossing the border illegally. “Tell them not to come because it’s illegal.”
The Department of Homeland Security’s internal regulatory authority had previously painted a devastating picture of camps holding migrants to the United States after illegally crossing Mexico.
After inspecting five such facilities of the CBP border police in the Rio Grande Valley, the Inspector General’s Office (OIG) warned that the camps were dangerously overcrowded. Adults and children are often detained too long. The OIG report released on Tuesday described alarming hygienic conditions in the inspected facilities.
The Republican president, on the other hand, said he had seen some facilities himself. “They are clean, they are good.” If the camps were overcrowded, that was the fault of the Democrats, who refused to “fill in” loopholes in the migration laws.
Trump stressed that the border police were not trained to be “doctors and nurses and janitors”. The migrants from Latin America would come to the United States because the economy under him had developed so positively. “They want jobs.”
Trump said, referring to migrants with a deportation notice: “Thousands of people are being legally evicted from the country, and this process has begun and we have actually been doing this for a long time.” Trump had initially threatened mass deportations from Sunday and then said deportations would be after the Holiday start on the 4th of July.
On Friday, he said, “people are being taken out of the country, we’re bringing them out.” The ICE police force, unlike Trump, had spoken not of millions of deportations but of more than 2,000 people being targeted.
The camps are completely overburdened because of the large increase in the number of migrants. For the eight months between October 2018 and May 2019, CBP claims that more than 676,000 people have been picked up from Mexico to the United States for illegal border crossings.
This is about twice as many as in the same period a year earlier. Recently, CBP registered more than 100,000 illegal border crossings per month. Many of the migrants come from Guatemala, El Salvador or Honduras. Trump has declared a national emergency at the border.