Rev. Samuel Rodriguez was “full of indignation” when he saw the reports and heard from politicians about the deplorable and inhumane conditions for illegal immigrants at an El Paso County, Texas migrant detention center. But what he saw at the same facility toured by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. with a group of pastors was “drastically different.”
The president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization, and senior pastor of New Seasons Christian Worship Center in Sacramento shared his firsthand experience touring a migrant detention center during a press briefing Monday.
“I read the reports, saw the news clips. I just wanted to see what was actually happening in order to better enable our efforts to find a fair and a just solution to our broken immigration system,” Rodriguez, who has advised President Trump and both Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush on immigration reform, noted. “To my surprise, I saw something drastically different from the stories I’ve been hearing in our national discourse. Even as a veteran of immigration advocacy in the U.S., I was shocked at the misinformation of the crisis at the border.”
The group of pastors saw a very different picture described by Ocasio-Cortez and other politicians and media outlets.
“We found no soiled diapers, no deplorable conditions and no lack of basic necessities,” Rodriguez remarked, adding he specifically asked border agents if they staged the facility in response to the negative press. “They unequivocally denied it — we were witnessing the identical conditions the attorneys saw when they toured the facility days earlier.”
In fact, some told him the sources from whom the negative coverage originated “never toured the areas of the facility that we toured” and speculated they might have had political motivations.
The pastors left encouraged by the commitment and dedication of America’s Border Patrol and immigration officers, “many of which are Latinos, by the way.” He said one emotional Border Patrol agent turned to him and said, referring to the vilification: “Pastor Sam, what they’re saying about us is completely false. We care about these kids and have a passion for our calling.”
Pastor Carlos Moran, NHCLC board member and immigrant, said, “we, as evangelical leaders that serve in different segments, are very committed to helping children regardless of their status and we commend those officers that are trying their very best to serve and fulfill their duty at the border. However, we do call on our political leaders to set aside their personal agendas and begin focusing on resolving this immigration crisis.”
Rodriguez points blame for that broken immigration system at consecutive White House administrations and especially both Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Congress and implored each to “address the system they created.”
The toilet water accusation is funny there is what we call a bubbler(aka water fountain) where the toilet tank would be on a standard toilet, yes its the same water supply as the flusher, but did you know the water supply to your house uses the same water to flush your toilets and wash your dishes? So technically the propaganda is correct but if you drink tap water you are also drinking toilet water.
As for the other complaints these are not invited guests, they have turned themselves in or were captured crossing our border illegally. They are free to go home.
The facebook page, so what big deal, its called freedom of speech.
Well, Sandy is a left wing socialist liar. It’s just that simple. She can’t promote her agenda with facts, so she lies. Even if she actually heard someone tell her that CBP people told her to drink out of the toilet, she takes the word of an illegal immigrant that, instead of being in a detainment facility, wants to be out gathering up all the free goodies Democrats make sure she can reap. Also, she probably has to return the kid she rented to get across the border to get her deposit back.
Like many of our liberal buddies here, she sits in her air conditioned car making outlandish, baseless accusations, then rolls the window up when there are follow-up questions. A liar AND a coward. The investigations of her campaign finance discrepancies need to ramp up and she needs to be dragged off the House floor by those great, big teeth. I am SICK of goddamn liars that do all they can to damage this country.
And the purported CBP Facebook posts? I don’t give a shit. I really don’t. I am also sick of the slimiest slander coming from the left while they “demand” action when over-worked, over-stressed and under-paid people have to deal with a dangerous mess Democrats have created and every incident that results from the overwhelming of our resources are blamed on THEM.
I doubt I am the only person the left is desensitizing to everything.
Funny the pastor talks but shoes no video of the situation. I think the pastor is going to hell for lying. Where is his proof? A picture is worth a thousand words. May he go to hell for lying.
@Christine Such: Is it as funny as AOC making accusations without having any proof? Is it as funny as AOC lying about conditions there, then refusing to support funds to improve conditions? That’s kind of like she doesn’t believe her on weak BS
@Deplorable Me: Where are the photos where are the pictures of their statement. They are lying. Otherwise, they would give proof. I want proof. I don’t believe anyone anymore. We have proved that the administration lies all the time. Is it too much to ask for proof? I don’t believe their words. I don’t even believe they are pastors.. Good men of faith would not lie.
No, apparently you only demand “proof” when it is something you don’t want to believe. You believe AOC, yet she provided NO proof, would not answer questions and LIES on a regular basis. There ARE photos of the toilets installed at the facilities which incorporate a water fountain, the same used in prisons.
You are ignorant because you prefer ignorance to truth.
If it’s true .. why no photos. There are photos depicting the horrible conditions. I am not taking anyone’s word. What’s the big deal. Sounds like they are lying and you are supporting liars.
Here are the photos. Here is your proof.
@Christine Such: Photos of illegal immigrants in detention? Where’s the filth? Where’s the abuse? Where are the people drinking from toilets? Where’s the concentration camps?
Meanwhile, you ask for photos of NOT those things. Does that make sense to you somehow?
Have you seen the photos of the Obama-era detentions? Copy and paste some of your statements of outrage over that.
I want to see photos as they saw it. THere are no because they are lies lies lies. Just show the proof. I am betting these men are not even pastors. Because they are liars. Here’s some photos. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/07/02/dhs-inspeotor-general-cbp-migrant-detention-facilities-overcrowded-dangerous/1633984001/
Common Dreams? Come on, now. What’s next? The World Workers?
You post tweets from the most far left open borders group in D.C. Of course they want open borders. That way the illegals will be able to vote for them.
As to Julian Castro; never mind that his mother is a Marxist who started La Raza (The Race) which supports the Atzlan movement. Both Julian, and Juan, are chips off the old block. When Julian was Mayor of San Antonio, he wanted all school children implanted with a chip so the school district could tell where the kids where when not in school. Never mind that Julian Castro violated the law by photographing those people. Or do you think that illegals have no right to privacy?
All you have is complaints, so why don’t you give a solution to the overcrowding caused by the Democrats who are supporting open borders? My guess is a) you have no solutions or b) you would just turn them all loose.
@Christine Such: AOC is the liar, along with that roach, Castro and the rest of the left. Aside from Obama-era photos, NONE show any “abuse”. They show conditions created by Democrats.
They can leave whenever they want; they just have to go south.
I read all the lies, but where are the pictures. The pastors are not listed in a search as a pastor in any denomination. They are liars. I just a picture. They can make as many statements as they want. It is not true. If it was there would be photos like Cortez and everyone else has. Everyone else has! Everyone else has! But I am to believe their word when I can’t even verify they are pastors. I just a picture that shows what EVERYONE else found who visited the border. Everyone else has photos showing how deplorable the conditions are.
No photo – It’s a lie And people who believe these fake pastors – I have bridge you can buy.
No Photo – no truth
Democrats – who the hell is in charge of this fiasco. Who ordered this. Take responsibility. Delusion Criminal Collusion Trump pays no attention and he caused this. He DID this. Like he spent 92 million on the parade. Got the fireworks donated and took the tariffs off fireworks from China in return for a hug donation from PHANTOM. This is illegal. Read the Mueller and then talk. You can buy one from Amazon we did.
Let me show you how stupid you are:
They are listed in the article, el stupido.
And who are you counting as “everyone else?”
I see you chose not to answer my question. Fine.
Take your La Raza bullcrap somewhere else.
Get your copy of the Mueller report. Read it and then comment https://www.amazon.com/s?k=the+mueller+report&gclid=CjwKCAjwmZbpBRAGEiwADrmVXsvjkPufPbqjNdKlYawINv0RhQz3sjlG5b1_UlZeLnNo9xtYZ0AehRoCQdwQAvD_BwE&hvadid=267796861161&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9021523&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1t2&hvqmt=e&hvrand=6942449108061378428&hvtargid=aud-676677759524%3Akwd-492860467364&hydadcr=22537_9636736&tag=googhydr-20&ref=pd_sl_8ehfb66rq9_e
For those of you who can’t read an audible version of the Mueller report is available.https://www.audible.com/ep/title/?asin=1508295662&source_code=GO1GBSH08141790FZ&device=d&ds_rl=1262685&ds_rl=1263561&cvosrc=ppc.google.the%20mueller%20report&cvo_campaign=936444919&cvo_crid=349042721671&Matchtype=e&gclid=CjwKCAjwmZbpBRAGEiwADrmVXiXoI893zeCRLfY6yCHDMeIe2dO-FPA5YyNCcSNaKIGJ5vytx4v85BoCHN4QAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
not ordained – internet ministers DO your homework.
@Christine Such: You’ve yet to provide AOC’s photos; is SHE lying?
We can’t provide photos of what ISN’T there.
@Christine Such: Show me a photo of him not ordained. Or, you are lying.
@Christine Such: NO collusion (except by Democrats) and no obstruction, for those who cannot understand justice.
One picture says it all https://www.facebook.com/meandmystory/photos/a.884356804955752/1794570310601059/?type=3&eid=ARCCFp6VkismIm7vzHSzWI4EqraW0pWKYeqJfskLsRUjoDMwUYPpwmBUHqOakZqb18F7Fr_jykiDXzwl&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARBBoL-Rlkao1bsChoW_HkBx7CgMJA_Dsf4lW8a71dts1PRDZXF5wEO1v_bhB9gEzjmrFacq8AEjPZJZyqGXiU5Jzx4NLIfTCFPTbz2_P-nYJcYN4Hg4lILaLvcTLf9cH9uw5j51gP_nBHou26H8pECL_PkQpBLILCG8A8nWmR91d_3vs3CbdpSi6bZdHEmqiaIEfyfe8vZe2B_s8uLcTtotKhcWfFrepDmL5lc4cQrM1rkzBRcEp4PMd9YnovF65MRp2P50-sbbnzPYFXfYpP2UQOlDe6NS2EsbdzWZ-F_URBpU8uTLr0duiFqcN3MPBKrF8Qe4zB292J5FdV1vkbLzFiPQ2IxZv3dHEfSw5aAIFMit8uSBNuvxZZUzfrei4c-Pm90arBuMlXw_LyirhRu9xQNQZeySbgPgKWVSnOE-frffq6P3FPYLuchl2def4_IlWyJ_IaGJtQ&__tn__=EEHH-R
Really? Obviously you do not do your home work and are just a simple liar.
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez:
At age 16, Rodriguez delivered his first sermon and quickly grew to be a leading and acclaimed evangelical preacher. In 1992, he became an ordained minister in the Assemblies of God , a Pentecostal Fellowship.
And what does the Mueller report have to do with the border? Oh, that’s right……nothing. So why are you changing subjects? All you have is anger because of the lies being told by AOC who didn’t even bother touring the holding facility. That is why she rolled up her car window when asked if she (personally) saw illegals drinking from the toilet and refused to answer. She never went inside.
Now, go away and find some other place to spew your falsehoods.
@Christine Such: Still waiting for those photos proving AOC wasn’t lying. Gonna get around to that anytime soon, sugar?
He is a pastor, movie producer, author, civil rights activist and television personality. Yep a really religious leader seeking something other than God. This is not a religious person. Rodriguez has had several meetings with Trump administration officials to discuss comprehensive immigration reform, which includes both securing the border and providing a path to citizenship for current immigrants. So like many other morons that are involved with President – he lies for him
I want a photo of the “GOOD” condition the found. They can’t because
it is not good.
I want a picture of the “Good Condition” If it was so – they would have photos proving that this was all a lie. But no picture just the word of a tv producer.
Rodriguez has had several meetings with Trump administration officials to discuss comprehensive immigration reform, which includes both securing the border and providing a path to citizenship for current immigrants. He lies for Trump. He is a TV producer for crying out loud NO Man of God – He is a T.V. evangelist who preys on the stupid.
Where is one photo proving the TV star’s statement? Rodriguez has had several meetings with Trump administration officials to discuss comprehensive immigration reform, which includes both securing the border and providing a path to citizenship for current immigrants. He lies for Trump
Where is this TV producer Evangelist proof – one photo. Rodriguez has had several meetings with Trump administration officials to discuss comprehensive immigration reform, which includes both securing the border and providing a path to citizenship for current immigrants. He lies for Trump
Are you so stupid that you think posting the same thing over and over gives you more credibility?
BTW, the picture on Facebook you linked has been debunked more than once. It was a fake, a set up at a protest. Not a real illegal child in a real cage.
Intelligent you are not.
@Christine Such: Still waiting for those photos proving AOC wasn’t lying. Gonna get around to that anytime soon, sugar?
THIS is who you believe.
What the heck is that? What a crock of shit. I am so sick and tired of the lying this Administration encourages.
@Christine Such: YOU are a crock of shit.
@Deplorable Me: Perhaps Christine should tour several facilities herself, and not refuse the tour. Maybe even chat with border guards or HHS personelle who have to take care of the children that are either kidnapped or have been sold to border bashers, that never show up for their hearings.
She may be to busy protesting the companies sending beds to the detention centers to get the people off the concrete floors.
This Christines ignorance has pegged the stupid-o-meter deep into the red zone.
@kitt: She, like most liberals, only believe what they want to believe and what their masters tell them to believe. Anyone that believes a word of what Sandy says is a self-made moron.
“Christine” is the female version of AJ, if not AJ himself.