President Donald Trump , facing renewed criticism from Democrats and activists over his handling of a migrant crisis on the US -Mexico border , said in a Twitter post on Wednesday that immigrants unhappy with conditions at detention centres should be told “ not to come , ” Reuters reports .
Democratic lawmakers and civil rights activists who have visited migrant detention centres along the border in recent days have described nightmarish conditions marked by overcrowding and inadequate access to food , water and other basic needs.
The Department of Homeland Security’ s inspector general on Tuesday published photos of migrant – holding centres in Texas ’ Rio Grande Valley crammed with twice as many people as they were meant to hold .
“ If Illegal Immigrants are unhappy with the conditions in the quickly built or refitted detentions centres , just tell them not to come . All problems solved !” Trump said on Twitter .
The Republican president has made cracking down on illegal immigration a key part of his first- term agenda after campaigning on the issue ahead of the 2016 election .
“ Our Border Patrol people are not hospital workers , doctors or nurses , ” Trump wrote earlier on Twitter . “ Great job by Border Patrol , above and beyond . Many of these illegals ( sic ) aliens are living far better now than where they … came from , and in far safer conditions . ”
Criticism of the U . S . Customs and Border Protection agency grew after reports this week that current and former agents had posted offensive anti – immigrant comments and targeted lawmakers on their private Facebook group .
Acting Department of Homeland Security chief Kevin McAleenan on Wednesday ordered an investigation into the posts , calling the comments “ disturbing . ”
The Facebook posts , first reported by ProPublica , included jokes about immigrants dying and sexually explicit content about U . S . Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez , who criticised the detention facilities after a tour this week .
Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called for the acting head of the CBP and other top leaders at the agency to be fired .
Democratic U . S . Representative Joaquin Castro said after a visit to the border this week that detainees had been not been allowed to bathe for two weeks , were deprived of medication and locked in areas with broken water faucets .DON'T MISS: Download Edujandon.com News app and get latest news updates directly to your phone!