OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - Following Vice President Mike Pence's Friday tour of two detention facilities on the Texas border, Bay Area lawmakers were among U.S. Representatives who toured migrant detention facilities in Texas Saturday.
Representatives Jackie Speier, Anna Eshoo, and Mike Thompson were included in Saturday's delegation.
The group went to Brownsville, Texas to see the deteriorating conditions at the facilities housing hundreds, if not thousands, of immigrants detained by U.S. officials.
Rep. Jackie Speier took to Twitter Saturday morning, saying in part "They all pleaded for us to call their families.
Talking to migrants who have been detained at McAllen Border Patrol Station. They have been held up to 60 days. No showers, tooth brushes. No information given. They don’t know what’s happening. One man with bites all over his back. They all pleaded for us to call their families.
Rep. Speier later Tweeted about the need to care for the young children.
At Ursula, @HouseDemocrats inquire about thousands of migrant children, from babies to teens, processed there. The CPC has contracting services to care for tender age children, including diaper changes, from 7 am-7pm. From 7pm-7am agents must take over those duties. pic.twitter.com/Fbwc1kp8af— Jackie Speier (@RepSpeier) July 13, 2019
In a third Tweet, Rep. Speier says Border Patrol agents are having difficulties finding a place to put minors who have children.
Border Patrol agents say single hardest population is minors w/children. “It’s almost impossible to find anyone who will take them” from the processing centers. This humanitarian crisis is one Ds & Rs have to own. Agents aren’t social/health care providers. But doing their best. pic.twitter.com/dFByLH9ok3— Jackie Speier (@RepSpeier) July 13, 2019
In a fourth Tweet, Rep. Speier talks about the haunting cries of the children in the compound.
The 1st sounds we heard before we could see the children held at Ursula were haunting cries of babies & toddlers. I spoke to a dad of a sick 6-month-old girl. She was flushed, listless, her little fists clung tightly to his shirt. Flu, meningitis, typhus, lice & more. #Border pic.twitter.com/QVvT29L3Te— Jackie Speier (@RepSpeier) July 13, 2019
Rep. Mike Thompson Tweeted that immigration raids are planned, and immigrants need to know their rights.
Reminder that the Administration is planning raids targeting undocumented immigrants across our country this weekend. Be sure you and your family #KnowYourRights and consult a lawyer if you need legal advice. pic.twitter.com/CrwyCLBZY5— Mike Thompson (@RepThompson) July 13, 2019
As of Saturday afternoon, it was unclear if the rumored raids on immigrants had begun in the Bay Area.