Actuality seems to be setting in for a number of the networks this week as they’re lastly, belatedly waking as much as the horror on the border, calling the scenario a “disaster,” even when the Biden administration gained’t. ABC’s Good Morning America on Tuesday obtained video of the detention facilities with reporter Cecilia Vega decrying Joe Biden’s “jail-like” youngsters in cages debacle. She did this even whereas utilizing the rote description of the way it all contrasts with Donald Trump’s “hardline” insurance policies.
As the MRC’s Bill D’Agostino just documented, journalists tried to spin Biden’s incompetence as merely a “troublesome” and “complicated” drawback. However now, Vega virtually vented from the southern border: “We met little youngsters, 9 and ten-years-old touring by themselves. As a result of there are such a lot of youngsters similar to them crossing the border proper now, they are going to probably find yourself in a facility like this one behind me, severely overcrowded jail-like locations not meant for teenagers.”
She described the terrible remedy:
Inside this tent facility on the southern border, so many youngsters they’re sleeping on flooring. Aspect by aspect huddled beneath foil blankets…. However that is no place for kids. Crammed into pods, one pod housing greater than 400 boys.
Whereas nonetheless referring to Trump’s efficient border insurance policies as “hardline,” Vega implied that Biden is out of contact: “However beneath fireplace from critics who say they did not do sufficient to plan for the surge after overturning lots of Trump’s onerous line immigration insurance policies, the administration nonetheless refuses to name the scenario a disaster.”
The journalist then performed this clueless clip from White Home Press Secretary Jen Psaki: “Nicely, youngsters presenting at our border fleeing violence who’re fleeing prosecution who’re fleeing horrible conditions is just not a disaster.”
The truth is, the networks have now lastly moved previous the Biden administration’s denial of actuality. GMA co-host Robin Roberts on Tuesday opened the section this fashion: “We’ll transfer on to our ABC Information unique on the disaster on the border.” On CBS This Morning, co-host Anthony Mason declared, “CBS Information is studying about new steps the Biden administration is taking to attempt to ease the rising disaster on the border.”
On NBC’s Right now, co-host Hoda Kotb additionally flatly used the phrase: “Let’s transfer to a different main story this morning. We’re speaking in regards to the border disaster.”
A transcript of the section is beneath. Click on “develop” to learn extra.
Good Morning America
7:13:46 to 7:17:18
ROBIN ROBERTS We’ll transfer on to our ABC Information unique on the disaster on the border. Our first have a look at video inside one of many services that has been overwhelmed by the surge in migrants. Our chief White Home correspondent Cecilia Vega is exterior that facility. It is in Donna, Texas. Good morning, Cecilia.
CECILIA VEGA: Robin, good morning to you. We have been out late into the night time speaking to migrants who simply crossed the border. We met little youngsters, nine- and ten-years previous touring by themselves. We met little youngsters, 9 and ten-years-old touring by themselves. As a result of there are such a lot of youngsters similar to them crossing the border proper now, they are going to probably find yourself in a facility like this one behind me, severely overcrowded jail-like locations not meant for teenagers. Inside this tent facility on the southern border, so many youngsters they’re sleeping on flooring. Aspect by aspect huddled beneath foil blankets. The Biden administration refusing to permit journalists in to see for themselves, sources offering this primary look.
This video shot by Customs and Border Safety final week obtained solely by ABC Information. Solely 250 individuals are alleged to be held right here. As an alternative there are near 4,000. Some households principally unaccompanied minors touring alone from teenage boys to infants. Right here, toddlers in a playpen being watched by a caretaker. The children made the treacherous journey all the best way from Central America hoping to assert asylum. Inside they get medical checks and line up one after the other for meals. This video exhibiting ladies at a middle in El Paso exercising exterior however that is no place for kids. Crammed into pods, one pod housing greater than 400 boys. The White Home says they’re working as rapidly as doable to maneuver these youngsters into shelters and houses calling in FEMA for assist. However beneath fireplace from critics who say they did not do sufficient to plan for the surge after overturning lots of Trump’s onerous line immigration insurance policies, the administration nonetheless refuses to name the scenario a disaster.
JEN PSAKI: Nicely, youngsters presenting at our border fleeing violence who’re fleeing prosecution who’re fleeing horrible conditions is just not a disaster.
VEGA: On the border we’re with authorities on patrol and the youngsters simply maintain coming. This household telling me they have been touring for greater than a month, strolling a lot of the means. He tells me he isn’t drained. He says he is able to maintain strolling. And simply up the street a good bigger group, in it these two boys, 9 and ten years previous, each touring alone strolling for greater than a month. The group has taken them in promising to maintain them protected. The boys present me cellphone numbers of relations within the U.S. They quickly hope to seek out. One written on a hat.
WOMAN: That is his grandfather’s cellphone quantity.
VEGA: The opposite written inside his pocket.
VEGA: Proper right here in his pants. I ask, are you scared? Sure, they inform me, very. They’re scared and they’re hungry. After we met these youngsters they then went into Border Patrol custody. From there, they’re taken to locations like this facility the place there are such a lot of skids which can be being held well beyond — lots of them held well beyond the three days they’re allowed to be right here. From there right into a foster system or shelter extra appropriate for teenagers, but it surely might take greater than a month to reunite them with their households, Robin. They’ve a protracted option to go. Robin, I’ll inform you I’ll always remember the faces of these little boys we met final night time.
ROBERTS: I do know you will not, Cecilia. I do know that you simply will not. Thanks a lot. Amy?