Glenn Beck on Monday said that a confidential source recently told him disturbing new details about the conditions at a border facility in McAllen, Texas. Beck said the facility is holding three times as many people as it was designed to, and progressive Republicans and Democrats are "trying to keep the lid" on the humanitarian crisis, which he believes they created.
"I am told by people who have toured and work at this facility that when they open the doors to go in, the stench is so bad that the politicians that were to go in gagged and backed out," Beck said. "Things are so desperate right now, hygiene and food are the number one problem. Clothes are further down the list. ... They need portable showers and [port-o-potties]. They have no way to wash their clothes. They need food and hygiene care right now. Many of them have not eaten in days."
Beck said the American people are being told that FEMA is handling the situation, but it's not. That's why Beck made what he believes may be the "hardest" request he's ever had to make of his audience.
Detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Brownsville,Texas. CPB provided media tours Wednesday of two locations in Brownsville and Nogales, Ariz., that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool)
Beck said the American people have to make a choice. They could "run down to the border" and secure it themselves, but "that doesn't fix the humanitarian crisis, and we have to err on the side of humanity."
"If we're going to be Americans, a choice has to be made. And we always make the right choice," Beck said. "As people, we always do. We would rather extend ourselves and see the life of a child protected than err on the side of being silent, still, and [seeing] harm come to a child. ... Acting in a compassionate way is what makes us human. It's what makes us Americans."
Beck said the tens of thousands illegal immigrants flooding our border "have to be sent home," but that we can't stand by while so much suffering is happening "on our side of the border."
"I'm not talking about, we're going to send them into our cities," Beck said. "I'm saying, can we please get them port-o-potties? Can we get them portable showers? Can we feed them? You want to show the world what it means to be an American? Then let's do that. Let's put the well-being of others on the highest pedestal."
Beck said his charity, Mercury One, is going to start doing what it can to relieve the suffering, and that "every dollar" donated will go to help those in need.
"Why in our wildest dreams would we try to help people in other countries by becoming lawless ourselves?" Beck asked. "Laws matter. It is up to the president, it is up to the Department of Justice, it is up to our Congress to actually stand by those laws and enforce those laws. And if you don't like those laws, then change those laws. But until you do, you have to enforce them. And until they do, we have to be charitable."
"I don't know how you're going to react. I really don't," Beck concluded. "This is probably the hardest [thing] I've ever asked of you, because I know how angry you are. ... I know what you feel on the border, because I feel exactly the same way. But what makes us Americans is empathy. What makes us Americans is charity. When our game is divine, and everything that we do is noble -- at least everything we strive for is noble -- that's when we become America. "
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