Journalist Matt Gutman
2:21PM Mar 25, 2021
Matt I want to start with you, you've spent years covering the border, put what's happening here in perspective based on what you just heard as well more than 5000 unaccompanied minors.
Now in adult facilities. This is unprecedented Martha we've never seen numbers like these inside these border patrol facilities which in some cases are jail like in most cases, our warehouse like this is pretty much twice the number at the peak in 20 1819 Right. And what we're seeing in some of these facilities is overcrowding that almost boggles the mind in one facility and Donna Texas. It has a capacity of 250 beds, there are 3900 kids inside there. We heard Secretary Mayorkas talking about the threat of COVID I mean can you imagine the kind of social distancing they have there, there is none. And we're talking about children and teens and in many cases, you have 17 year olds in the same rooms as four year olds, and five year olds, and activists with whom I'm talking to immigration lawyers are saying this is untenable they are extraordinarily concerned not only of an outbreak of COVID of the flu, but that somebody is going to get hurt and mark that this is something that border patrol and CBP officials, up and down the line, Echo as well.
I didn't know.