Hello from the camps

Getting a closer look on the border

Hello from Clint, a concentration camp outside El Paso. I’m here this week visiting immigrant detention facilities—or, at the moment, standing outside of one while a congressional delegation is inside.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who turned this issue on its ear a few weeks ago when she called the camps by their historically accurate name, is the biggest name among the politicians here. We were expecting a bit of a Potemkin tour, but some of the abuses are still poking through. Here’s what she told us after our last stop at a Customs and Border Protection camp:

Today she’s visiting sites alongside the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, led by Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas.

I’m posting updates on Twitter at @KatzOnEarth, as well as Instagram (same handle).

Here’s the live feed I filmed a few minutes ago here at Clint, including my short interview with Rep. Rashida Tlalib (D-Mich.): via Periscope

I’ll be writing a longer piece soon.

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Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to put my phone down before it overheats and explodes.