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Images surface of overcrowded ‘dangerous’ migrant holding facility in Donna, TX

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The new images that surfaced late last week of the horrifying conditions at a Donna, Tex Customs and Border Patrol facility spurred lawmakers and federal law enforcement officials into action. The news came just three days after Sara A. Carter broke the story about the Donna, Tex facility live on Hannity.

A whistleblowers email obtained by Carter revealed the “dangerous” and deplorable conditions at the facility for both the children, civilian workers and the law enforcement officials charged with taking care of the facility.

The images were first tweeted out by Sen.Ted Cruz Friday. It revealed the severe overcrowding and unclean, unsafe conditions. Cruz called it “a humiliation” and “public health crisis.”

“The CBP facility in Donna, Texas is a tragic superspreader event caused by the Biden admin,” Cruz tweeted Friday. “Per CBP, the Donna facility has a 10% positivity rate. Roughly 4000 aliens are cramped together into cages.”

Several GOP senators traveled to Donna, Tex. to see the conditions and to tour the border area. Cruz tweeted out another video of human traffickers yelling at the senator from Mexico as they moved to enter the United States.

A delegation of 18 lawmakers led by Cruz demanded entry into the Donna facility after Carter released a whistleblower email she obtained. The letter called the holding building “extremely unsafe and unhealthy for the detainees, agents, and civilian workforce.”

“The overcrowding is inhumane, especially for the children,” the letter continued. “Pod 3A is designed to hold 80 people and on this day we have 694 unaccompanied children with two agents maintaining custody. That is 867% of the stated capacity of this detention space.”

“The agents cannot possibly provide for the care, health, and safety of aliens in our custody, nor can we reasonably do so for ourselves,” the email reads.

Carter has recently spent time covering the growing migration crisis in Texas and Arizona. She is reporting on the unraveling situation.

“[These children] have been through enough already,” Carter told Hannity Tuesday. “Some of these children are as young as 4, 7 years old. Some of them have traveled all alone, across three countries, to get here to the United States.”

Watch Sara Carter’s interview here.

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Report: Denver area migrants cost $340 million to shelter, educate

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A report by the free-market Common Sense Institute found the more than 42,000 migrants who have arrived in Denver over the last year and a half have cost the region as much as $340 million. The city of Denver, local school districts, and the region’s health-care system have spent between $216 million and $340 million combined to shelter, feed, clothe, and educate the migrants, and to provide them with emergency medical care.

National Review explains the report builds off a previous report from March that conservatively found that the migrants had cost the region at least $170 million. “Costs are never localized,” said DJ Summers, the institute’s research director. “They expand outward.”

Democratic leaders are being blamed for their welcoming posture toward immigrants generally, and their sanctuary-city policies, which curtail law enforcement’s ability to cooperate with federal immigration agents. Since late December 2022, at least 42,269 migrants — or “newcomers” as Denver leaders call them — have arrived in the city, adds National Review.

The Common Sense Institute report found that the migrant crisis has also hit local emergency rooms hard with extensive expenses. Since December 2022, migrants have made more than 16,000 visits to metro emergency departments. At an estimated cost of about $3,000 per visit, that has resulted in nearly $48 million in uncompensated care.

Summers said those costs are “stressing existing health care organizations,” but they also indirectly hit residents in their pocketbooks through increased insurance prices.

Metro school districts have endured the biggest financial hit — estimated between $98 million and $222 million — according to the Common Sense Institute report. The large range in costs is due to the difficulties researchers had identifying exactly how many new foreign students are tied to the migrant crisis.

The researchers found that since December 2022, 15,725 foreign students have enrolled in local schools. Of those, 6,929 have come from the five countries most closely identified with the migrant crisis — Venezuela, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

On average, it costs a little over $14,000 to educate a student for a year in a Denver-area public school, but Summers said migrant students likely cost more.

“They have transportation needs that are different, they have acculturation needs that are going to be different, language assistance needs that are going to be different,” he said. “Many of them might need to get up to speed in curriculum. They might need outside tutoring.”

Earlier this year, Colorado lawmakers approved $24 million in state funding to help school districts statewide plug budget holes related to the migrant students.

Summers said the updated Common Sense Institute tally is likely still missing some costs related to the ongoing migrant crisis.

“There are definitely additional costs. We just don’t have a great way to measure them just yet,” he said, noting legal fees, crime, and unreported business and nonprofit expenses.

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