Texas Congressman Chip Roy Disputes Immigrant Abuse Claims, Accuses Dems of Political Stunt

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers listen to President Donald J. Trump addressing his remarks during his visit to an overlook along the Rio Grande Thursday, January 10, 2019, near the U.S. Border Patrol McAllen Station in McAllen, Texas. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Recently, Democrats have been making claims of all sort of abuses occurring at migrant shelters. Earlier this month, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus toured three facilities in Texas where immigrants are being sheltered, and started making claims of inhumane conditions there.


On Tuesday, Congressman Chip Roy (R-Texas) took the same tour, only to discover that those reports were bogus.

A Lone Star State Republican has neutralized claims from his Democratic peers and the news media that migrant families and unaccompanied minors are being seriously abused in U.S. Border Patrol shelters. It’s simply not true, says Rep. Chip Roy, who has personally toured the facilities in his district, as have members of his staff.

“The truth of what is happening there is very different — very different — from what is being portrayed by the media and by colleagues who are distorting the truth. The claims that kids don’t have showers is false. The claims they don’t have toothbrushes is false. The claims that they don’t have diapers is false,” Mr. Roy told Breitbart News.

“The Hispanic Caucus making some of these claims did the tour, the exact same tour, I am told, that my chief of staff took. They saw that there was plenty of water, food, blankets, bunks, plenty of staff, plenty of medical staff on hand, cleaning staff, friendly agents — agents that were playing soccer with the kids,” the lawmaker said, citing one New York Democrat in particular.

Congressman Roy also specifically disputed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s claim that immigrants were being told to drink toilet water. “You had Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez complaining about the supposed drinking of toilet water. Well, that’s nonsense. There were coolers of water literally right outside of the rooms,” Roy said. According to the Texas Republican, Democrats would praise the agents following the tour of the facilities but would claim widespread abuses to the media afterward. “The idea that they are turning this into a political stunt just tells you everything you need to know about politics in 2019. They are doing this for cynical political purposes and I’m tired of it.”


After using an Obama-era photo to promote an investigation into inhumane treatment at the border, House Democrats are clearly not above using any sleazy tactic to score political points against Donald Trump.


Matt Margolis is the author of the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. His new book, Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy, will be published on July 30, 2019. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis


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