Congressman criticizes tent facilities, calls them waste of tax dollars

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DONNA, Texas – The media tour of tent facilities scheduled for this morning has been rescheduled for later this week. However ahead of their opening Congressman Henry Cuellar says the tent facilities being constructed in Donna, that capable of holding 500 undocumented immigrants, are unnecessary and will cost tax payers millions of dollars.

“The tents in Dilley, Texas, they got space there, they’ve got spaces in other places. They are saying we don’t have transportation. Well heck, we will give you monies for transportation.” Says Cuellar.

Congressman Cuellar says he believes recent administrative actions at the borders are creating more problems than solutions. “I think they are trying to show there is a crisis at the border. I don’t want to get into any conspiracy theories but there are spaces in Dilley, Texas there is spaces at other places why are they not sending people over there? Why are they putting a tent over here?”

The congressman says the dollars being funded for the temporary facilities could be better spent. “It is millions of dollars, I mean it’s millions of dollars I think if you ask anybody else they could spend a lot less a lot less than the millions of dollars that they are going to be spending on these temporary facilities.”

Cuellar adding that he supports some changes to asylum laws to address what he calls a humanitarian crisis at the border.

Local 23 News did reach out to Customs and Border Protection about Congressman Cuellars comments but have not responded.

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