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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.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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BREAKING: Senate votes down both articles of impeachment against Mayorkas in party-line vote




The Senate voted down two articles of impeachment Wednesday which alleged Department of Homeland Security Secretary  Alejandro Mayorkas engaged in the “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” regarding the southern border in his capacity as DHS secretary. The second claimed Mayorkas had breached public trust.

What resulted in a party-line vote, began with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., proposing a point of order declaring the first article unconstitutional, to which the majority of senators agreed following several failed motions by Republicans. The article was deemed unconstitutional by a vote of 51-48, with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voting present.

Fox News reports:

Schumer’s point of order was proposed after his request for unanimous consent, which would have provided a set amount of time for debate among the senators, as well as votes on two GOP resolutions and a set amount of agreed upon points of order, was objected to by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Mo.

Schmitt stated in his objection that the Senate should conduct a full trial into the impeachment articles against Mayorkas, rather than the debate and points of order suggested by Schumer’s unanimous consent request, which would be followed by a likely successful motion to dismiss the articles. 

Republican senators took issue with Schumer’s point of order, as agreeing to it would effectively kill the first of the two articles. Several GOP lawmakers proposed motions, which took precedence over the point of order, to adjourn or table the point, among other things. But all GOP motions failed. 

After another batch of motions to avoid voting on Schumer’s second point of order, which would deem the second article unconstitutional, the Senate agreed to it. The vote was along party lines 51-49, with Murkowski rejoining the Republicans. 

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