During a White House news briefing on Monday, PBS NewsHour correspondent Yamiche Alcindor asked Press Secretary Jen Psaki about the conditions in child migrant facilities along the southern U.S. border.
Watch the briefing in the video player above.
Alcindor cited a report from watchdog lawyers, which says children are sleeping on the floor, going hungry and not seeing the sun for days.
“How is the administration not stopping that today?” Alcindor asked.
Psaki agreed these conditions “are not acceptable” and said the administration wants to “expedite getting these kids out of the CBP facilities as quickly as possible.”
However, she said it’s going to take some time because “there are not that many options,” citing the administrative complexity in finding vetted homes and shelters that can accommodate the influx of unaccompanied children.
Justin Stabley is a digital editor at the PBS NewsHour.
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