As the Trump Administration unveils a new plan to end the limits on how long illegal alien families and minors can be detained, a major ICE detention facility in Dilley, Texas allowed an ABC News camera crew to take a full tour of the facility.
The Department of Homeland Security has announced its intentions to eliminate the maximum time limit of 20 days for detention of families and minors that cross the border illegally, moving forward with plans to detain them indefinitely. As such, the facility at Dilley has undergone numerous upgrades to accommodate these detainees for a long-term stay.
Among the facility’s amenities are a cafeteria serving three meals a day, and a small classroom for teaching the children how to speak English. DHS Director Kevin McAleenan said that “the new rule will ensure that children and families in the care of the government are temporarily housed in facilities that are appropriate for their well-being.”
This development comes as the Trump Administration, the DHS, and ICE push back against far-left criticisms of family detention facilities for illegal aliens. Head of the United Nations-backed NGO “Unicef,” Caryl Stern, claimed without evidence that “detained children experience long-lasting harm on their well-being, safety, and development.”
Most infamously, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) had an outburst while visiting a detention facility in El Paso, Texas. Witnesses say that the congresswoman yelled at border patrol agents “in a threatening manner,” and turned down their offer to let her tour the facility. She also made the notorious claim that a migrant woman was ordered by guards to drink from a toilet, although this was later debunked.
The facility improvements in Dilley also mark the latest efforts of the Trump Administration to shift away from more inhumane treatments of illegal alien families under the Obama Administration. The Trump White House put an end to the “family separation” policy that was first enacted under Barack Obama.