On Sunday, in New Jersey before he made his way back to the White House, President Trump, fed up with the way the detention centers for illegal immigrants have been portrayed in the media, told reporters that he wants the press to see the detention centers, saying, “I want the press to go in and see them.”
Trump stated, “What we’re going to do is I’m going to start showing some of these detention centers because — to the press. I want the press to go in and see them. And I just spoke to Mark Morgan, and I just spoke with, as you know, Kevin, so we’re going to send people in. We’re going to have some of the press go in because they are crowded, and we’re the ones complaining who were complaining about how they’re crowded. They’re crowding because people come up but now thanks to Mexico, it’s slowing down greatly, and I think you’ll start seeing some very good numbers. But it is crowded. But we want to have the press go in and see because The New York Times, it really is fake news.”
On Sunday, the president noted the media’s biased slant on the detention centers, tweeting:
The Fake News Media, in particular the Failing @nytimes, is writing phony and exaggerated accounts of the Border Detention Centers. First of all, people should not be entering our Country illegally, only for us to then have to care for them. We said there was a Crisis – the Fake News & the Dems said it was “manufactured.” Now all agree we were right, but they always knew that. They are crowded (which we brought up, not them) because the Dems won’t change the Loopholes and Asylum. Big Media Con Job!
Trump said on Sunday, “The New York Times story is a fabrication.”
The New York Times story revolved around a detention center in Clint, Texas. It stated:
…inside the secretive site that is now on the front lines of the southwest border crisis, the men and women who work there were grappling with the stuff of nightmares. Outbreaks of scabies, shingles and chickenpox were spreading among the hundreds of children who were being held in cramped cells, agents said. The stench of the children’s dirty clothing was so strong it spread to the agents’ own clothing — people in town would scrunch their noses when they left work.
The Times report admitted, “So far, investigators have found little evidence to substantiate allegations of misconduct.” It also admitted, “Much of the overcrowding appears to have been relieved at Clint, and overall arrivals at the border are slowing, as new policies make migrants, mainly from Central America, return to Mexico after they request asylum, as the summer heat deters travelers and as Mexico’s crackdown on its southern border prevents many from entering.”
The Times report quoted Dora H. Aguirre, Clint’s mayor, saying of the border patrol agents, “They’re just trying to do their job as a federal agency. They are trying to do the best they can.”