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Vice President Pence Tours Border Patrol Facility With Almost 400 Men in ‘Crowded’ Cages, ‘Horrendous Stench’

Vice President Pence Tours Border Patrol Facility With Almost 400 Men in ‘Crowded’ Cages, ‘Horrendous Stench’Office of Inspector General/Department of Homeland Security via GettyVice President Mike Pence toured a Border Patrol facility in Texas on Friday where he reportedly saw hundreds of men standing in crowded cages who later yelled to tell reporters they were hungry.“The stench was horrendous,” White House pool reporter Josh Dawsey wrote of the brief visit to an outdoor portal at the McAllen Border Station.Nearly 400 men “were in caged fences with no cots,” Dawsey wrote, adding that it was so crowded the men would not have been able to lie down even on the concrete. Pence and the reporters accompanying him saw the outdoor portal full of migrants who had allegedly crossed the U.S. border illegally. The reporters saw the migrants for all of 90 seconds before they were escorted away, and the vice president “briefly” went into the room. The men inside the cages reportedly shouted to tell reporters they had been there for longer than 40 days and wanted to brush their teeth. There were no mats or pillows, according to Dawsey, and water was only accessible outside the cages, which Border Patrol agents said was made available to the detainees when the press was not there. Agents guarding the cages were wearing face masks. A White House official said the Secret Service had opposed Pence entering the area once the press left, but the vice president entered the room, Dawsey reported. The vice president later told reporters he had expected to see similar conditions at the facility. “I was not surprised by what I saw,” Pence told reporters. “I knew we’d see a system that was overwhelmed.”“This is tough stuff,” Pence was quoted as saying, adding that he was calling for Democrats to fund more beds for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and more spending from the Department of Homeland Security.Earlier Friday, Pence and reporters also toured a facility in Donna, Texas, that holds families, adults, and children. There, Dawsey described seeing detainees lying on “kindergarten-like napping mats” on the floor with a “thin tinfoil-like blanket.” Officials said it was one of the “nicest facilities because it was new and relatively clean.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Washington cranks up Venezuela sanctions as Guaido tours South America

Washington cranks up Venezuela sanctions as Guaido tours South AmericaVenezuelan military officials last weekend blocked an opposition-backed effort to bring food into the country via its borders with Colombia and Brazil, leaving two aid trucks in flames and five people dead. Guaido, who is recognized by most Western nations as Venezuela’s rightful leader, visited Paraguay and Argentina on Friday to shore up Latin American support for a transition government for the crisis-stricken nation. Following a meeting with Argentine President Mauricio Macri in Buenos Aires, Guaido said, without providing evidence, that 80 percent of Venezuela’s military nonetheless supported a change in leadership and that he would continue to seek the support of officers.



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Thrill seekers: Hanoi tours offer visitors taste of summit action

Thrill seekers: Hanoi tours offer visitors taste of summit actionWhen Lee Parry heard that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump would meet in Hanoi, he knew he wanted to be part of the action and soon booked a trip. The trip to the Vietnamese capital is not exactly a daring one, but a chance for visitors to be part of the flurry surrounding Trump and Kim’s second meeting this week. “It’s a lot better than seeing it on Twitter or Facebook,” said Parry, 36, a British student living in China.



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Second migrant child's death in custody raises alarm for doctors as Nielsen tours border

Second migrant child's death in custody raises alarm for doctors as Nielsen tours borderThe death of an 8-year-old Guatemalan immigrant in custody on Christmas Eve is a sign that U.S. officials need to make dramatic improvements to health and sanitation conditions at the border, says a physician familiar with medical issues faced by migrants.



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Trump tours border wall prototypes

Trump tours border wall prototypesOn Tuesday, March 13, President Trump visited California to see wall prototypes near the Mexican border.



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The Latest: Tribe stops Grand Canyon copter tours for now

The Latest: Tribe stops Grand Canyon copter tours for nowPHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a helicopter crash at the west rim of the Grand Canyon (all times local):



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From Jerusalem, Netanyahu offers Christians personal tours of Israel

From Jerusalem, Netanyahu offers Christians personal tours of IsraelIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered to play tour guide to Christian pilgrims on Sunday in a message relayed from Jerusalem, whose recognition as Israel’s capital by U.S. President Donald Trump has split global Christian opinion. A Christmas Eve video on Twitter showed Netanyahu against the backdrop of East Jerusalem, an area laden with Jewish, Christian and Muslim shrines that Israel captured in a 1967 war and which Palestinians want as their own future capital. In the message, titled “Merry Christmas from Jerusalem, the capital of Israel!” he described Israel as a haven for its 2 percent Christian minority because, he said, “We protect the rights of everyone to worship in the holy sites behind me.” Netanyahu named several Christian pilgrimage sites in Israel – including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in East Jerusalem’s Old City – which would take visitors “in the footsteps of Jesus and the origin of our Judeo-Christian heritage.” “For those of you who come to Israel, I’m going to take a guided tour.



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Melania Trump tours West Virginia infant drug rehab center

Melania Trump tours West Virginia infant drug rehab centerHUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — First lady Melania Trump offered her support to those dealing with the nation's opioid epidemic while touring a drug recovery center for infants Tuesday in West Virginia, the state with the highest rate of babies born dependent on drugs.



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Young Pioneer Tours stops North Korea trips for Americans

Young Pioneer Tours stops North Korea trips for AmericansThe tour agency that took US student Otto Warmbier to Pyongyang said Tuesday it would stop taking Americans to the reclusive state after the 22-year-old died following 18 months in North Korean detention. Warmbier was medically evacuated to the United States last week, suffering from severe brain damage. “We have been struggling to process the result,” Young Pioneer Tours, the China-based travel agency that had taken Warmbier to the North, said in a Facebook post.



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150 years of Frank Lloyd Wright: Special tours of rare house

150 years of Frank Lloyd Wright: Special tours of rare houseBack in 1950, Isadore and Lucille Zimmerman wanted a smaller, simpler house. They ended up with a classic.



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