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Joaquín Castro Snuck a Camera Into a Detention Center & Captured Immigrants’ Heartbreaking Realities

Lead Photo: Rep. Joaquin Castro peaks during a news conference about the resolution he has sponsored to terminate President Donald Trump's emergency declaration February 25, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Rep. Joaquin Castro peaks during a news conference about the resolution he has sponsored to terminate President Donald Trump's emergency declaration February 25, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

On Monday, politicians Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Veronica EscobarJoseph P. Kennedy III, Rashida Tlaib, and Joaquin Castro were among a group of more than a dozen Democratic lawmakers who visited a Texas immigrant detention center. While they had to check their phones, many of them took to Twitter to share the horrors they saw inside. Castro, however, managed to take photos and videos, further proving that the conditions at these facilities are unacceptable.

Through a series of tweets, Castro showed how inhumanely immigrants are treated at detention centers. In one video, women can be heard saying that they don’t have the medication they need or access to doctors. “This moment captures what it’s like for women in CBP custody to share a cramped cell – some held for 50 days – for them to be denied showers for up to 15 days and life-saving medication,” Castro, the brother of presidential candidate Julián Castro, wrote. “For some, it also means being separated from their children. This is El Paso Border Station #1.”

What he and other politicians shared isn’t new. Journalists – particularly those that belong to the Latino community – have reported on the atrocious conditions for years. But with so many people with large platforms now bringing attention to the issue, many are paying attention. Below, check out what Joaquin and other Democratic leaders saw when they visited immigrant facilities.

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Joaquin Castro

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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Judy Chu

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Rashida Tlaib

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Joe Kennedy III

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Madeleine Dean