A Texas Democrat who has never agreed with the Biden administration policies at the border accused the administration of posting misleading photos from a migrant processing facility.
The images released by the Biden administration on Tuesday showed a nearly empty Donna facility, with just a few beds and a few youths – in contrast to March images that showed a large number of migrant youths packed into the same location.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott accused the Department of Homeland Security of trying to mislead the American public that the Donna, Texas, site was actually being processed much faster and emptying out of the migrant youths. But they have just moved the youths to a nearby location.
"All they’re doing is, they’re moving kids from one tent to the other tent and saying, ‘Oh, they’re not in the Border Patrol (custody),’" Cuellar said.
The youths were relocated to nearby tents operated by the Department of Health and Human Services, the congressman told the outlet.
"But they’re right next door," Cuellar added about the migrants. "They’re just next door in HHS."
White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that the youths were now spending less time in the processing facilities than they had been earlier in the year.
"The amount of time children spend in CBP (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) custody is down 75 percent, from 131 hours at the end of March to under 30 hours now," Psaki said.
Just in late April, Cuellar disclosed that the Biden administration had fast-tracked more than 15,300 migrants for release without formal immigration notices in his so-called “catch & release” policy.