Congressman Randy Neugebauer Describes Visit To Immigrant Children’s Holding Facility At Lackland Air Force Base [AUDIO]
On the Thursday edition of The Chad Hasty Show, Congressman Randy Neugebauer spoke with Chad Hasty about his recent visit to Lackland Air Force Base and the continuing immigration crisis on the US-Mexico border.
Neugebauer was part of a congressional delegation that visited Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio earlier this week. Lackland is one of the many facilities across the state being used to house the massive influx of South American children crossing the US-Mexico border. According to Neugebauer, there were over 1,200 children at the facility, the majority of them being teens ranging from 13 to 17 years old.
Neugebauer described the entire scene as "sad and frustrating." He said President Obama has been sending a bad signal to these countries that if they send their children to America, they will not be turned away. He added that he also understood why these facilities are banning photos and recording devices - the conditions and situations would reflect poorly on Obama and his administration.
"It's very obvious when you get there the reason why. [photos are not allowed] It's the optics of that are not good for this administration. Because what you see is a lot of people that are in this country illegally and you see a lot of personnel that is required to man these facilities. And so a lot of taxpayer dollars are being expended here...and just between me and you, Chad, I think it's one of the reasons that the President doesn't want to go down to the border is that's not a good photo op for him."
Neugebauer also spoke about the possibility of a former prison in Littlefield being a possible holding facility for these children. He said that, ultimately, the decision would have to be made by the locals, but added that he does not want to see new facilities built to house these children. He said that his focus is to keep as many resources as possible on securing the border.
"One of the things I don't want the state or the feds to be doing is building a bunch of new facilities. And so if, in the interim until we can correct this problem, if some communities think that's going to be beneficial to them...that's certainly a local decision that willl have to be made. My primary focus though is we need to keep as many of our resources on securing the border, and we don't need the federal government using that money to build new prisons. We need the federal government to be maybe building new fences."
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