Media reports that illegal alien children are being kept in concentration camp-like conditions are far from true, the acting deputy commission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) told Fox News on Saturday.
"The shelters that they are referring to are operated by health and human services. They are very well appointed, CBP Acting Deputy Commissioner Ronald D. Vitiello explained, dismissing hostile, inaccurate news stories:
“The one that’s been in the media over last week – there are fifteen hundred boys there.
“They have PlayStations. Pool tables. It’s far from a concentration camp and people should be more accurate when they describe what we are trying to accomplish there."
What’s more, the border patrol is dedicated to protecting all illegal aliens and routinely rescues those in danger during their treacherous journey, he said:
“No one does more than the border patrol to rescue people and to protect them when they’re on this journey.
“They’re in our custody for a very short time; they’re turned over to Health and Human Services (HHS) in these shelters. So, our men and women that are out there serving our country know better. And, they would like more accuracy in these discussions.”
Vitiello also said that parents and children are able to contact one another, and that the children are usually quickly placed with another family member in the U.S.:
“A third of the population that we’re arresting comes as part of a family or a child alone. The child, obviously, cannot be prosecuted.
“But, when the family member brings them through this arduous journey, putting them in danger, crossing the border illegally, we refer that parent for prosecution. The children are then taken to these HHS shelters and they’re both given instructions to how to contact each other, once the court adjudication takes place.
“Most of these kids that’ll go to the shelter will be placed with a family member in the United States as quickly as HHS can do that.”
Vitiello also flatly denied a media report that child had been ripped from her mother while breastfeeding.