US. President Donald Trump's immigration policy was re-examined in March 2019 when photographs emerged that showed that a relatively large number of illegitimate immigrants were behind the fence under a bridge in El Paso, Texas.
On March 27, the website Grit Post published an article entitled "Trump Administration Cages Immigrant During the Bridge Because of Detention Center Is Full", which continued to report it:
Several images that have appeared show what seems to be hundreds immigrant families bound under the Paso Del Norte Bridge in El Paso, Texas.
The images were originally tweeted by Washington Post immigration reporter Nick Miroff and Bob Moore, who said immigrants are being held there because the border patrol station in El Paso ̵1; just outside Ciudad Juarez in Mexico – is full.
This report led to several inquiries from Snopes readers about the authenticity of the current photos and the facts surrounding them.
On March 27, Miroff and Moore actually sent pictures showing the scene under the bridge. Miroff gave the following description of one of the photographs: "This is El Paso right now, where hundreds of immigrant families are held in the parking lot of a border patrol station because there is no room for them inside or anywhere."
This is El Paso right now, where hundreds of immigrant families are held in the parking lot of a border patrol station because there is no room for them inside, or anywhere else. pic.twitter.com/lFGZ9zRcZk
– Nick Miroff (@NickMiroff) March 27, 2019
For his part, Moore tweed: "Hundreds of migrants are held during Paso Share the Norte Bridge in El Paso, near the site of [Customs and Border Protection agency] Commissioner [Kevin] McAleenan's press conference. "
– Bob Moore (@BobMooreNews) March 27, 2019
Set aside the somewhat colored language used by the Grit Post, As explained by the fact that the Trump administration had "caged" immigrants, we find the substantive requirement – that the crowds of proven immigrants had been detained during a bridge in El Paso in March 2019 due to a backlog at the nearest official immigration center – was true.
On March 27, US border patriot president Ramiro Cordero largely confirmed the facts presented by s Nick Miroff and Bob Moore, as in the Grit Post article, in an interview with Texas Tribune . But Cordero indicates that the typical time spent by immigrants on the improvised facility was relatively short.
The following are excerpts from the edited interview with Cordero that Texas Tribune was published on March 27:
Cordero : When illegal immigrants are arrested, they are taken [usually] to [processing center] ]. Because people are treated inside the facility and sent out to Immigration and Customs Enforcement or wherever they go, more people come in [from the camp] It's just a transition facility. Weeks ago, the community had problems like [undocumented immigrants] camping out on the levee road [south of the border fence]. They said we left them there overnight. So we built the tent to keep people from the elements.
Texas Tribune [TT]: How long are the people there?
Cordero : It can be a couple of hours, it can be 12 hours. During that time they get blankets, food, bathroom facilities, water, snacks – they have everything there …
TT : There were some tweets and reports that said some people under the bridge said they have been there for two or three days. Is it possible because you said 12 hours or longer? What is the highest?
Cordero : So, for example, let's say you are picked up at 6am and you end up at the edge of the river waiting to be transported for a few hours. Then you end up on it [camp] the next morning maybe at 9.00. Then you will not be treated because there is a bottleneck until the next day. Were you staying overnight? Yes, you did. So much is just perspective. The sun went down, it came back. So for those who are two days.
TT : You said that from 6:00 on Wednesday there were about 3,500 people in the Border Patrol Custody in the El Paso sector. Has that figure been stable?
Cordero : This morning in custody we had 3 369. The overwhelming majority were at the station in El Paso.
On March 28, the Associated Press published the following footage of the Provisional Facility under the bridge:
At a press conference, close to the Paso Del Norte Bridge on March 27, border commissioner McAleenan said that the United States The immigration system has emerged, adding that the agency faced an unprecedented humanitarian crisis and border security crisis along the southwestern border, especially in El Paso.