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there are more expressions of outrage today as a congressional delegation toured the nation's largest unaccompanied minor detention facility down in Homestead Florida let's watch if when you see something that is not right not fair not just you have to set something taxpayers are paying seven hundred and seventy five dollars per day per child for people to be held in these situations what is it going to take to comply with the law have these children reunited with their sponsors their family members within the twenty days yesterday a separate delegation toured two facilities in Texas and say they heard horrifying stories when we went into the cell it was it was clear that the water was not running there was a toilet but there was no running water for people to drink in fact one of the women said that she was told by an agent to drink water out of the toilet NBC News was not present could not verify that particular allegation but today the homeland security office of the Inspector General issued a new management alert flagging dangerous overcrowding and prolonged detention of children and adults at border patrol facilities in the Rio Grande Valley the Inspector General's Office released these images showing the overcrowded conditions and noted that quote senior managers at several facilities raised security concerns about their agents at detainees one called the situation a ticking time bomb the alert also mentioned that 31% of children held in custody in the region have been held longer than the 72 hours permitted by law it had no access to showers the chairman of the House Oversight Committee Elijah Cummings of Maryland has invited the acting secretaries of DHS and Customs our border patrol to testify about the separation and treatment of migrant children and allegations of overcrowding they were first invited last week but neither has confirmed plans to attend the hearings from where I'm joined by US Kongsberg Marc Veasey who joined the delegation in Texas and Claire along human rights watch deputy Washington director congressman thank you for joining us and you know what everybody watching would benefit from it's just a really good description of what you saw as an eye witness down there well what we saw was horrible particularly when we talked with some of the detainees that were in the holding cells at the first facility that we visited where the were we were told that they were if they asked for a drink of water that the guards told them to you know drink out of the toilet that they had gone days without taking showers and of course when you take those tours you have to get 48 hours notice as a member of Congress before you can take the tour and of course they try to do everything they can to clean the facility up so much much of the space at at the facilities that we visited were empty particularly like the outdoor sleeping areas and outdoor holding areas and the heat they were completely empty but I believe everything that those the migrants told us while we were there just based on the experience that we had with some of the personnel there with customs we told we told them that it was not a good idea for us for instance to go out and have a press conference with all of those hecklers nearby and they were just like no I wouldn't be fair if we if we moved them away and of course they were out there screaming and yelling and what-have-you and they did absolutely nothing to help the situation whatsoever and you would think that after finding out that there was a Facebook page where people were making racist misogynistic comments that they would do everything possible to make it look like that they had the the safety of the American public and they absolutely in my opinion did not it's and and based on what I saw and read on those Facebook pages that was in the Pro Publica article i 100% think that those migrants were what telling us the complete truth about their treatment in these facilities because it goes hand in hand Clara let me ask you about the cases I think it may be one incident of this Border Patrol person saying go drink the water the toilet no there's not literal I heard there was the same sort of tank of water that had both the sprites Pete Faust at the top to drink from a fountain if you will and then the water used for the top but I don't even understand this explain that that appliance if you will we're asked to go drink from right I mean I think the appliance is very much what you're saying it's a it's a pony wall with its you know doesn't go up all the way to the ceiling so there's no privacy no real privacy to use the toilet and these cells would have dozens of people in them and then you know based on what I've seen and heard described countless times it's a toilet with you know a tap on top of it so the water actually comes up through the back of the toilet now the water doesn't necessarily have contact to be fair with the toilet water too much confused about because life is complicated yeah we heard the other day last night of the program reported that there was some Border Patrol people who are really so concerned about their welfare they of the people they were detained they had spent their own money the food to feed them and now I hear these bad apples that say go drink out of the toilet it just seems what's going on here drinking out of the toilet asking people to drink out of that that tap that comes out of the toilet as a common practice across the entire border you know I was part of this team of attorneys and but it didn't be go drinking out of the toilet bowl it's not drinking out of the toilet bowl I haven't you know haven't heard an account of drinking on the toilet bolts or get on the back of the toilet yeah it's definitely Jerry Nadler of course chair of the House Judiciary Committee criticized the Trump administration today for allowing migrants to be held in these conditions here he is earlier today for all the people who are in those detention facilities our migrants they all claim asylum some of them are entitled under our law to asylum some are not all are entitled to humanity to decent treatment to decent judicial adjudication and not to be tortured or regarded as refuse all the people in the administration who have done this who have permitted it are guilty of child abuse which is a crime we ought to prosecute let me go to the congressman that such strong language about prosecution of public officials what do you make of it you know exactly what what Jerry is saying on prosecution I mean I do think that if people's rights have been violated and there have been criminal acts that have been committed of course they should be prosecuted but I think immediately that there should be an investigation and I don't know if you heard Chris Elijah Cummings who's the chair of the Oversight Committee he has announced that there will be hearings to look into these allegations on how migrants were treated on this Facebook page and again if people have crossed the line then they absolutely do need to be prosecuted there's no question about that let me go to Claire on a couple of points first of all Jim is the strength when you've gone through these camps what do you see your person who's never been there um alright so they're you know concrete cells benches around the sort of outside of them and then as I said these pony walls but the toilets behind the pony wall pony wall is like a short wall that doesn't go up all the way to the ceiling so just so say it goes up to your waist or something and in a lot of cases and you've seen those we've seen those pictures that the OIG released today you'll have so many people in there that not everybody can sit or is that what you see when you're doing all these pictures these pictures were looking at right now that's what you see let me ask about these groups of hecklers who's hyping who you know you've got a lot of people who I think want to make a political statement here okay on the right on the right and they don't like immigrants right I mean wouldn't you I mean the congressman just mentioned this Facebook group you have this you have 9,500 Border Patrol agents in a secret Facebook group that's about half of the agents the US has on where they're saying oh no and what they're saying on that Facebook group are anti-immigrant statements racist memes joking about the deaths of children in border patrol stations I think this congressional oversight and investigations are needed and overdue on top of that Congress needs to work to reinforce transparency and accountability in the agency itself which has too long but allowed to continue energy transfer fees you could buy something and you know about what did it feel like when you saw people heckling they were heckling in migrants they're also heckling you who are showing an interest in their welfare yeah well you know of course the first thing that you think of is your own safety you know we're in Texas and everybody has guns particularly people like in the crowd that were part of the hecklers that were there were in the maggots and you worry about your safety particularly when the people that are entrusted to guard you or probably members of that page like it was just mentioned about half of the members of Customs and Border Patrol are members of this Facebook page and these are the same people that we were accounting on to protect us from these people that were screaming terrible things that were distorting people's names making them into slur words as we walk down the local congresswoman Veronica Escobar they kept distorting her first name to make it derogatory and and they were just saying terrible things about everybody there about about migrants screaming things about Planned Parenthood and it was it was a complete circus and I just don't think that the Border Patrol people did anything and when we asked them we said hey we know that these people were going to be heckling us we're not going to be able to hear we're not trying to do anything to stop on their First Amendment rights but why don't we just move them back just a little bit and they refused to do it one of the law enforcement officials even suggest that well why don't you just cancel the press conference like that that was their suggestion on dealing with this rowdy group it was definitely the worst I've seen of any press conference I've ever been to you give me a deadline where exactly to all this hell break loose today where was it texas or Florida where was it yesterday in Florida on the border is that has the heckling that that we were subject-to when we were there visiting the Clinton facility there hey there I'm Chris Hayes from MSNBC thanks for watching MSNBC on youtube if you want to keep up to date with the videos we're putting out you can click subscribe just below me or click over on this list to see lots of other great videos

41 Comments

  1. Isaiah ASATOU
    Isaiah ASATOU July 4, 2019

    HOW MANY THOUSAND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS SINCE THE BEGINING OF AMERICA SPENT IN WARS THAT COULD HAVE BEEN SPENT AND USED FOR THE WELFARE OF OTHERS ? …

  2. Bobby Nelson
    Bobby Nelson July 4, 2019

    Never did hear of a DECIENT Demo'Rat Voter. 98% are just Scum sucking PIGS called DEMOCRATS. The Filthy Scum of AMERICA.

  3. Paul Jackson
    Paul Jackson July 4, 2019

    FEED THE PONY! FAKE NEWS! MAGA & KAG!
    LOVELY CONCENTRATION CAMPS WHERE PEOPLE WANT TO GO!
    CONGRESS WOULDN'T ALLOW TRUMP 4 BILLION IN AID AS THE DIDNT DEEM THIS A CRISIS! NOW ITS A DISASTER! MIGRANT CHILDREN BEING USED BY CARTELS AND DEMOCRATS USING THEM AS POLITICAL PAWNS! SHAME ON THE LEFT! TRUMP IS THE GREATEST LEADER EVER!

  4. BBQSmoker NC
    BBQSmoker NC July 4, 2019

    Another investigation from the corrupt anti-American democrats.

  5. A O
    A O July 4, 2019

    So many local & federal fire safety & building codes being violated from all this over crowding. Definitely a ticking time bomb!

  6. Kane O
    Kane O July 4, 2019

    Over $700.00 per day to incarcerate a minor who really has not committed any offence shows the power of the prison industrial complex. Making money out of people's misery is not a testimony to the greatness of any nation. Some actions are pure evil regardless of what status you give them in law.

  7. Drake Koefoed
    Drake Koefoed July 4, 2019

    What this is, is a common jail fixture, a stainless toilet with a stainless lavatory ("sink") over it. The sink is fed from the tap just as the lavatory in your house. The drain of the lavatory goes into the bowl, so that any water used washes the bowl.

  8. Drake Koefoed
    Drake Koefoed July 4, 2019

    What this is, is a common jail fixture, a stainless toilet with a stainless lavatory ("sink") over it. The sink is fed from the tap just as the lavatory in your house. The drain of the lavatory goes into the bowl, so that any water used washes the bowl.

  9. Jennifer Hall
    Jennifer Hall July 4, 2019

    People who have power over others should be required to have psychological testing at least once a year to make sure that they are fit for the job.

  10. Jennifer Hall
    Jennifer Hall July 4, 2019

    https://www.prisonexp.org/

  11. Abdur Rahim Matin
    Abdur Rahim Matin July 4, 2019

    I wish they voiced their support for black AMERICANS who are mistreated and killed daily in AMERICA the way they are for these non Americans!!!

  12. angelinshagows
    angelinshagows July 4, 2019

    Of course they heckle they are the Trump trash.

  13. Luke Campbell Brennan
    Luke Campbell Brennan July 4, 2019

    These detention centers should be rightly known as 'Pelosi Camps,' as without her bold inaction this crisis would've been averted. #CloseThePelosiCamps #ImpeachTrump #ImpeachHisAccomplicePelosi

  14. Jor Jorden
    Jor Jorden July 4, 2019

    Wow horrble horrble this is your governments

  15. tanattecnocraft
    tanattecnocraft July 4, 2019

    Are the border patrol former Charlottesville pro-trump organizers? Convicted Muslim terrorist are treated better than these human beings seeking asylum legally.

  16. Purple Flame Tarot
    Purple Flame Tarot July 4, 2019

    The pictures we saw of the toilet/sink combination, the faucets had been removed! The bowl water was all there was.

  17. judd442009
    judd442009 July 4, 2019

    MAGA Supporters + Customs and Border Patrol = NeoSS

  18. JoAnne Middaugh
    JoAnne Middaugh July 4, 2019

    Why does Chris always interrupt the women guests but seldom interrupts the men? The men get to finish their sentences.

  19. birdlynn hubbard
    birdlynn hubbard July 4, 2019

    Go get them and punish them! There is too many crimes getting away with too many things since Trump has been president.

  20. Knowledge is Power
    Knowledge is Power July 4, 2019

    Hearings on treatment of migrant children while 1 in every 30 U.S children are homeless and tens of thousands of homeless Veterans as well but we don't need to address this issue right? Forget our own and concentrate on illegals that shouldn't be here in the first place. I tell ya… you people are digging your graves come election time. From an apolitical U.S Combat Veteran.

  21. Stewart Professional Services
    Stewart Professional Services July 4, 2019

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/business/elizabeth-warren-says-john-kelly-cashing-in-on-trump-policies-with-new-job

  22. Paul Douglas
    Paul Douglas July 4, 2019

    If we treated kids like this it would be called neglect and abuse.

  23. Filip Groesbaek
    Filip Groesbaek July 4, 2019

    The invaders should be repelled at the border & not allowed to set foot in the US in the first place. Make their asylum claim in Mexico. Get out, stay out, deport immediately if caught this side of the border. That solves the (bogus) treatment "problem."

    And the traitors who are aiding and abetting the invaders should be brought to justice.

  24. anthony barnes
    anthony barnes July 4, 2019

    Finally!

  25. Sam Sam
    Sam Sam July 4, 2019

    Most border patrol agents is Hispanic

  26. Sam Sam
    Sam Sam July 4, 2019

    Prove it

  27. Sam Sam
    Sam Sam July 4, 2019

    I feel liberal Congress should be held responsible they said it was a manufactured crisis . Everyone know they lying right . How border patrol get trouble for these conditions when liberal didn't do nothing to try and stop Trump remember resistance and manufactured crisis.

  28. Jim Menard
    Jim Menard July 4, 2019

    It's all one big LIE and FABRICATED by the SOCIALIST CORTEZ. Your LIE WILL FAIL.and those UNDOCUMENTED I'LLEGALS are free to go back to where they came from ANYTIME bye bye.

  29. Jim Menard
    Jim Menard July 4, 2019

    They should hold hearings on themselves and the Obama administration for signing DACA into law and REFUSING to change the LOOPHOLES in the BAD IMMIGRATION LAWS signed by Traitor Obama,THERE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CRISIS AT THE BORDER WITH THERE OPEN BORDERS,THAT THEY SO DESPERATELY WANT FOR THERE NWO AGENDA TO FLOOD AMERICA WITH INDOCUMENTED I'LLEGALS TO DESTROY AMERICA AND TURN AMERICA INTO A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY LIKE VENEZUELA AND ARE DESPERATE FOR I'LLEGAL VOTES AKA VOTER FRAUD.LIKE Q and Trump said THESE PEOPLE ARE SICK and the 2020 Elections are SAFEGUARDED ANYWAY. VOTER ID IS COMING.

  30. Sony Story
    Sony Story July 4, 2019

    We know you Outside, and we know you Inside
    Evil System

  31. Mo Fungo
    Mo Fungo July 4, 2019

    Send the National Guard! And stop ALL payments and get the money back, then prosecute ALL involved. Unfortunately, none of it will happen. No one seems to care, they only talk about it.

  32. Mo Fungo
    Mo Fungo July 4, 2019

    enough of "hearings" – we need enforcement of existing laws. We need prosecution! And why were publicly elected officials negated access to the facilities at first and later told they couldn't have their cell phones with them while inside? What are they hiding? These are private companies, paid with PUBLIC funds, hiring the worse scum of the earth to run the facilities and it all starts at the TOP. Those are not isolated incidents. This is their MO. Where's Mitch? Where are the Christian right wing pro-life people? In fact, where's the black community? Where are the leaders?

  33. David Hale
    David Hale July 4, 2019

    AOC’s claims bout they are drinking out of the toilet is debunked by this report. Every guess on here even says they aren’t. They are drinking out of sink connected to the toilet. Which water supply isn’t connected to each other. So again another lie…… AOC doesn’t even know bout a garbage desposial. She probably doesn’t even know where that goes after you turn it on. She probably thinks it goes into a trash can afterward. When it doesn’t.

  34. Charlene Lord
    Charlene Lord July 4, 2019

    Fire and jail everyone who has posted hate comments on that FB group! NOW!

  35. Robert Thompson
    Robert Thompson July 4, 2019

    Screw the Democrats and the Republicans.

    They're the guilty in this situation that's been going on for a decade.

    Selfserving hypocrites.

    And MSNBC is just as GUILTY and hypocritical.

    Fact..not fiction.

  36. Ash Roskell
    Ash Roskell July 4, 2019

    Concentration Camps are Un-American. Nothing to DO with politics. End this! CHILDREN, for crying out loud! . . . Smh

  37. Victor Saitta
    Victor Saitta July 4, 2019

    The ship is sinking!!!

  38. Terry Oesch
    Terry Oesch July 4, 2019

    You creeps tying to swamp us out at the borders are trying to swamp the hole country out

  39. JJSC
    JJSC July 4, 2019

    Shock! Horror! A gaggle of spineless, dithering, corrupt wealthy DNC donor whores are going to parade speakers about conditions at the border, and question utterly unaccountable administration officials? I'm sure Trump et al are quaking in their cocktails. If there's anything consistent about the wealthy DNC donors and their parliamentary prostitutes (DCCC) is that they will not pursue real consequences AT ALL when their political class violate laws or rules.

  40. DrummerG
    DrummerG July 4, 2019

    We need more of this , more Democrats crying how bad it is for these poor migrants , spread the news so maybe they won’t come here! That’s why we don’t go to their country , because we know it’s bad conditions . Keep spreading the news cnn, msnbc! Capitalism and a Sig Sauer= A trump 2020 victory.

  41. freejutube
    freejutube July 4, 2019

    $ 700 per child per day ?!

    tax payers could accomodate 7 times more migrant children, simply by giving each of them a hotel room to share with their parents 🙂

    so… tax payers are wasting their money in financing systemic migrant child abuse … is this shameful indifference or stupid cruelty ? 🙂

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