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Sara Carter obtains whistleblower email describing ‘extremely unsafe and unhealthy’ conditions at migrant facility

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Sara A. Carter gained exclusive access of a shocking email from a Border Patrol whistleblower that exposes new details of the migrant facility in Donna, Tx.

Carter joined “Hannity” on Tuesday and explained that the conditions in the migrant facility are far worse than what was initially reported.

“The Biden administration has clearly been lying to the entire country,” host Sean Hannity said.

The email sent from a border patrol official to the chain of command at Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a “desperate plea for help,” Hannity said.

The letter described conditions inside the facility as “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 whistleblower went on to explain that the detainees were “stressed and fatigued” and becoming agitated as many have been in the facility for more than two weeks.

Detainees are forced to lay on top of each other because there is no room to sleep and unaccompanied children have to sleep on their side to save space, the email reads.

“If we have a fire, a carbon monoxide leak from the generators, a stampede, or any number of potential and likely occurrences, many people will die. This situation is a disaster waiting to happen. Someone with the proper authority must do something immediately to alleviate the severe overcrowding before we experience a tragedy.”

Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott responded to the email, saying he hears the whistleblower “loud and clear.” The U.S. Customers and Border Protection confirmed the validity of the emails with a statement, saying the facility is no place for a child and vowing to “protect the nation and enforce laws humanely.”

“[These children] have been through enough already,” Carter said to Hannity. “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.”

“You have to imagine the stress on these children as they’re sleeping in these cramped-up conditions inside these tents,” Carter said.

“It’s a very, very stressful situation, not only for the people inside being held here, but imagine what it is for the border patrol agents, the civilian workers, the doctors and the other medical professionals that are 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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