BORDER/DEMS/DHS/ICE/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump said on Wednesday [7-3-19] that migrants were ‘living far better’ in Border Patrol detention centers than in their home countries, one day after his own administration reported that children in some facilities were denied hot meals or showers, and that cells were so crowded that migrants begged to be freed. In a series of posts on Twitter, Mr. Trump criticized Democrats who this week visited Border Patrol facilities in Texas, and reported that migrants had been forced to drink from a toilet. Customs and Border Protection officials have disputed that claim…Mr. Trump’s statements followed weeks of public backlash over allegations about the care of migrants who are held in Border Patrol facilities. Last month, a team of lawyers who spoke to migrants at a holding center in Clint, Tex., said children did not have access to soap or showers. The Democratic lawmakers said the asylum seekers were kept in cells without running water and slept on concrete. On Tuesday [7-2-19], the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general backed some of those findings in a report on conditions in detention centers in the Rio Grande Valley. ”

Zolan Kanno-Youngs, “Trump Says Migrants Are ‘Living Far Better’ in Overcrowded Border Facilities,” The New York Times online, July 3, 2019