United States Vice President Mike Pence is receiving negative reactions from the Democrats after his visit to the Texas immigration detention centers.
On Friday, Pence visited two Texas immigration detention centers, one at Donna, the other at McAllen.
A moment captured by news cameras during the visit shows Pence face to face with migrants held behind a chain link fence in a crowded cell.
In the short video, migrants can be heard screaming and trying to talk to Pence while they watch for about a minute before turning their backs to leave.
The clip created a firestorm on social media, with some claiming that Pence acted numb.
On Saturday, several Democrats took Twitter to share their frustration.
"Heaven does not want to talk to the men it keeps in its cage," Massachusetts representative Joe Kennedy III wrote on Twitter. "The sky will not pay attention in his eyes".
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The 2020 Democratic candidate, Beto O & # 39; Rourke, also tweeted on Saturday.
"Human beings locked up in crowded cages who have not even allowed to shower. This is how we treat asylum seekers and refugees when @VP and journalists are visiting. When the cameras are off, it's even worse," he wrote . "This will define us as a country – until we stand up and change it."
"Make no mistake, @ VP, this is the result of your administration cutting Central American aid and undermining the asylum process," wrote the Mayor of San Antonio and the 2020 Democratic candidate, Julian Castro.
"You and Donald Trump share the blame."
"Human and compassionate care"
Donna's structure housed about 800 migrants at the time of Pence's visit.
While Pence visited the building, people were seen lying on the floor on mats, covering themselves with tin foil covers. The children watched a movie in a separate room.
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"I could not be more impressed by the compassionate work that our customs and border protection is doing here in this border facility," Pence said.
In a tweet following his visit, Pence said US customs and customs protection provided "humane and compassionate care".
In the McAllen facility, 384 men were held behind fences, packed so tightly as journalists during the tour they claimed that there was not enough space for all of them to lie down.
The men had no mats or pillows and some were seen sleeping on concrete, NBC news reported.
According to NBC News, when the migrant men saw the camera, they started shouting: "No shower, no shower".
A patrol officer told reporters that some of the men had not been flooded for 20 days because the facility had not showered, although it was on Friday.
Journalists have described the structure as odorous "horrendous".
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"I knew we would see a system that was overwhelmed" penny told reporters after visiting the facility. "This is tough stuff."
He said what he saw at McAllen was a "prime example" of why the United States must protect its borders.
"The structure is overcrowded and our system is overwhelmed," Pence wrote on Twitter. "It's time for the Democrats in Congress to step forward, do their jobs and end this crisis."
On July 1, several US lawmakers, including New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, took a patrol tour of El Paso, Texas.
Following the visit, Ocasio-Cortez shot on Twitter, saying he talked to women in the cell who told her he had no water and that he was told to drink from the toilets.
"After I established myself in a cell with women and started talking to them, one of them described their treatment at the hands of the officers as" psychological warfare, "wrote Ocasio-Cortez.
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He said what he witnessed was "horrible".
"This has been horrible so far," he wrote. "It is difficult to underestimate the enormity of the problem. We are talking about systematic cruelty with a dehumanizing culture that treats them like animals."
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A "time bomb"
A report released on 2 July by the internal security department of the Department of Homeland Security provided details on "severe overcrowding" at another border facility in the Rio Grande Valley.
The report then found that the children of three facilities had no access to the showers and that some children under the age of seven had been held in confined spaces for more than two weeks.
Some cells were so crowded that adults were forced to stand for days and days.
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Government inspectors stated that the situation is increasingly dangerous for migrants and border agents.
A person in charge of the structure called the situation a "time bomb".
Border aid account
Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump signed a $ 4.6 billion aid package to support the care of migrants at the border.
Many democratic legislators were dissatisfied with the bill and called for more protection on how migrants are treated at facilities and to facilitate visits by lawmakers.
WATCH: Trump signs a $ 4.6 billion aid package to strengthen the care of migrants on the southern border
However, after the White House threatened to veto the law, Democratic House President Nancy Pelosi was forced to accept the senatorial version of the Republican-controlled aid package.
– With file of Jesse Ferreras and Associated Press
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