Photos show almost 400 migrants packed in cages at Texas processing center

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During a visit to the facility by Vice President Mike Pence, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent monitors single-adult male detainees at Border Patrol station in McAllen on Friday, July 12, 2019.
During a visit to the facility by Vice President Mike Pence, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent monitors single-adult male detainees at Border Patrol station in McAllen on Friday, July 12, 2019.
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Photos of a packed migrant processing center in McAllen, Texas on Friday show nearly 400 migrant men packed behind fences with no mats or pillows.

The photos came from members of the media during a tour Vice President Mike Pence took on Friday and show some of the conditions immigrants crossing the border are facing. The United States has seen a surge of immigration this year that has officials calling the situation an ongoing border security and humanitarian crisis. According to The Washington Post, a border patrol agent in charge of the facility said many of men hadn’t showered in “10 or 20 days.” The shelter previously lacked showers.

The pool report of the vice president’s tour described the smell as “horrendous.” Some border patrol agents were wearing face masks.

The conditions at some of the processing centers for migrants have been the subject of attention from the media, Congress and public for weeks now. Watch a video of the tour below from Reuters.

Earlier this summer, the Tribune reported that some migrants didn’t “shower or brush their teeth for days on end,” and sick children could often be heard coughing and crying through the night. And yet other migrants described conditions in which they got plenty of food and were well taken care of — illustrating how conditions can be so different from one location to the next.