Inside the reality of Biden's border crisis: Shocking video shows women and children crammed into an overcrowded Rio Grande Valley facility amid widespread COVID concerns and with illegal crossings at record highs
New video taken by border patrol agents show a border holding facility with massive overcrowding where migrants lay packed together – some not wearing masks.
'They are way past capacity – so aliens sit outside because where do you take them?' a source told Townhall Media in sharing the jarring images.
'Logistically it's a nightmare,' they continued, 'people want to go to the bathroom, need to eat, women need to breastfeed, and the list goes on.'
'This has surpassed the point of sustainability – this is lunacy,' the border agent added.
The images from the Rio Grande Valley Sector shows the overcrowding that has led to migrants apprehended in that area being held instead under the Anzalduas International Bridge in Mission, Texas.
These migrants remain in outdoor holding areas under the bridge as they await processing – and temperatures reach above 100 degrees.
New video from a Border Patrol agent shows migrants crammed together in a holding facility in the Rio Grande Valley – some without masks
The images emerged as the border crisis prevails and reports revealed that thousands were being released into local communities without first being tested for coroanvirus
Frustrated border agents provided the images to Townhall Media. Here men lay side-by-side behind a gate an overcrowded facility
Health and Human Services assured earlier this year the overcrowding issue has been resolved as they set up temporary facilities to hold migrants and set up Alternative to Detention Programs, like ankle bracelet monitoring or home check-ins. These measures are slammed by Republicans as so-called 'catch and release' programs, which they claim are ineffective in holding criminals accountable for illegal immigration.
Unaccompanied minors who are being held at HHS facilities are still claiming inhumane conditions, CNN reported this week.
Those in a facility in Pecos, Texas said they are being served undercooked food and experience long wait times for medical attention.
'When we eat meals, the meat and eggs are sometimes a bit raw, and the potatoes are a bit hard,' a 16-year-old from El Salvador who is staying at the Pecos site said, according to court documents. 'Sometimes, I worry about eating the food because I don't want to get sick. I know of two kids threw up after eating the food.'
Customs and Border Protection revealed that 188,829 migrants were stopped at the southwest border in June. Reports reveal that number topped 210,000 in July, although official numbers have not yet been released
It is now known that migrants do not have to obtain a negative COVID test before they are transported from the border and released into local communities. Reports reveal that thousands of COVID-positive migrants are spreading the disease in U.S. cities.
In the early hours of Wednesday morning, the Senate voted 88-11 to include in the $3.5 trillion budget resolution an amendment banning the release of migrants arriving at the southern border who do not first receive a negative coronavirus test.
The provision was proposed by Kansas Senator Roger Marshall and was adopted as part of the framework for the sweeping Democratic legislation, which passed the Senate overnight.
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'This Administration's policies of an open border and mass amnesty have created a humanitarian crisis, a national security crisis, and health crisis,' Marshall said from the Senate floor upon the amendment being accepted.
The majority of senators agreed with Marshall that the language should be included in the bill to prevent illegal immigrants from being transported from the border and released into local communities if they do not obtain a negative COVID-19 test.
The language encourages more resources for testing at the border and imposes a quarantine on migrants who have not yet received a negative result.
Senate Majority Leader Dick Durban and Majority Whip were able to get 10 Democrats to switch their votes to supporting the amendment, which Marshall says just was to 'create the illusion of a united front on the issue of public health at our southern border within the Democrat Party.'
Senator Roger Marshall's amendment blocking immigration enforcement from releasing migrants without a negative COVID-19 test was adopted in an 88-11 vote overnight as part of the $3.5 trillion budget resolution
The provision encourages testing resources at the border and imposes a quarantine on those who have not received a negative result as thousands of COVID-positive migrants are being released into local communities. Asylum-seeking migrants wait to be processed after crossing the Rio Grande River into Roma, Texas on July 30
The addition to the budget legislation, which will go to the House when it reconvenes later this month, comes as some areas in the U.S., like all of New York City, are now requiring proof of vaccination for people to be able to go to indoor public spaces like restaurants, gyms and theaters.
'At a time when politicians and bureaucrats are reinstating mask mandates and forcing vaccines on many Americans, their hypocrisy is on full display at the southern border where they are encouraging illegal migrants to enter our country unchecked for COVID,' Marshall said in his early Wednesday morning remarks. 'Enough is enough.'
'The passage of this amendment proves that Republicans and Democrats must stand together and follow through to hold the Biden Administration accountable and ensure illegal migrants are not able to be scattered into the interior of this nation without testing negative for COVID.'
A Washington Examiner report last week revealed that more than 1,500 migrants released into the border town of McAllen, Texas in the last week of July tested positive for coronavirus over a seven-day period.
The case rate in the U.S. has been massively spiking with the surge of the Delta variant and increase in breakthrough cases in vaccinated Americans
COVID-positive migrants are told to quarantine for two days, but they are released into the community nonetheless.
The city said in a statement that the 'shockingly large number of immigrants' released by Customs and Border Protection (CBP), an unprecedented 7,000 at one time, overwhelmed humanitarian programs for migrants in McAllen.
'This significant change increases the threat of COVID spread or other lawlessness within the city,' the city said.
McAllen ultimately declared a local disaster as it struggles to quell the spike in COVID-19 cases among migrants.
Republicans pointed to this report and other similar ones as evidence of the need for a change.
Record numbers of migrants are illegally crossing the border under Joe Biden's administration, pleading for asylum. Thousands of these individuals are released into the local communities in Texas and other states every day where they remain in Alternative to Detention Programs while awaiting rulings on their case.
Many localities have claimed they are widely contributing to the surge in COVID-19 cases as the Delta variant and breakthrough cases in vaccinated individuals continue to spike.
In June, CBP revealed it encountered more than 188,000 migrants at the southern border and several reports reveal the number for July tops 210,000, although the official figures have not yet been released.
The latest pushes the number of illegal immigrants who crossed into the U.S. in Biden's first six months in office over the 1 million mark.