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Biden admin releases photos, videos of migrant detention facilities



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The Biden administration released official images and videos Tuesday from inside two crowded Texas detention centers at the southern border, ABC News has reported.

The Biden administration has yet to call the recent surge in unaccompanied minors at the border a “crisis.”

The images were shot last week by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials and expose living conditions inside of a processing facility in El Paso, Texas and a holding facility in Donna, Texas. The Biden administration has refused to allow the media inside of the facilities.

The 3-minute video shows where unaccompanied children and migrants are being held before they are transferred to other federal agencies. Up to 4,000 people, many of them children, sleep on floors with aluminum blankets inside the tented facility on the southern border. Only 250 people are meant to be held in the facilities.

ABC News Chief White House Corespondent Cecilia Vega described the facilities as “severely overcrowded, jail-like places, not meant for kids.”

A photo taken inside of the facility in Donna shows young children inside of a playpen, being watched over by a caretaker.

Another video shows children packed into enclosures and sleeping on mats on floors.

The White House has said they are working as quickly as possible to move the children into shelters and homes. And they have expressed concern over the spread of COVID-19.

Vega said most of the children are being held in the facilities much longer than the three days they’re legally allowed to be held. From the facilities, the children will most likely go into a foster system or another shelter, but it could take more than a month to reunite the children with their families.

5,000 unaccompanied children are in Border Patrol custody, and an additional 10,500 are in the care of Health and Human Services, according to an HHS official and a document obtained by ABC News.

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Former President Bill Clinton and Gov. Kathy Hochul Call for Changes to New York City’s “Right to Shelter Law”



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In a surprising turn of events, former President Bill Clinton has joined forces with New York Governor Kathy Hochul in advocating for significant modifications to New York City’s long-standing “Right to Shelter Law.”

According to reports from Fox News, during an interview with radio host John Catsimatidis on 77 WABC radio’s “The Cats Roundtable” show, Clinton expressed his belief that the law, which mandates shelter for the homeless, should be revised given the current circumstances.

“Gov. [Kathy] Hochul thinks it should be modified, and it probably should under the circumstances,” Clinton remarked, acknowledging the need for change. He went on to assert that the existing law is fundamentally flawed, stating, “It’s broken. We need to fix it. It doesn’t make any sense.”

The “Right to Shelter Law” has been a fixture of New York City for over four decades and is aimed at ensuring that the homeless population has access to shelter. Moreover, New York City is often referred to as a sanctuary city, welcoming migrants and providing them with certain protections.

However, Clinton pointed out a specific concern related to this policy. He expressed his view that the city’s obligation to provide shelter extends to individuals who may not have work permits for up to six months after their arrival, raising questions about its practicality.

Furthermore, Clinton argued that migrants should have the opportunity to begin “paying their way” into American society through gainful employment and self-sufficiency.

“They ought to work,” Clinton asserted, emphasizing the importance of migrants entering the workforce, paying taxes, and supporting themselves economically. He noted that many migrants have no desire to rely on welfare assistance.

In addition to addressing the “Right to Shelter Law,” Clinton emphasized the role of immigrants in shoring up the American economy due to the nation’s low birth rate. He suggested that the United States should consider constructing more housing options near the border with Mexico to accommodate migrants, with the support of the Mexican government.

This approach, according to Clinton, would allow individuals to reside near the border while awaiting opportunities to find work and contribute positively to American society.

Clinton also acknowledged the political ramifications of the ongoing immigration crisis, acknowledging that it has been advantageous for Republicans. He attributed this to the inadequacies in the immigration system and a lack of sufficient border facilities.

The former president concluded by addressing the recent political losses suffered by Democrats in New York, attributing them in part to the perceived mishandling of the immigration issue. He stressed the need for his party to adopt a more “commonsense approach” to the challenges posed by migration.

The alignment of views between former President Bill Clinton and Governor Kathy Hochul on the need for changes to the “Right to Shelter Law” highlights the complexities and evolving dynamics surrounding immigration policy in the United States, particularly in major metropolitan areas like New York City.

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