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Fox News host compares US detention facilities to an 'overcrowded house party'

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Donald Trump's favourite TV show has likened the detention facilities at the US border to a house party with too many guests in response to reports that migrants are being held in overcrowded cells with no running water.

Fox News' Brian Kilmeade has used a house party as a metaphor to describe widely condemned conditions at US migrant detention facilities.

On 'Fox and Friends' the host attempted to explain the challenges being faced by border patrol agents dealing with an influx of migrants at the United States-Mexico border. 

This comes after a group of Democratic lawmakers toured the facilities in Texas accusing their conditions of being 'horrifying' and inhumane.

But Mr Kilmeade said he believes border patrol officials are being unfairly targeted.

"Picture yourself: you have a house, family of five. You have a party, you have 30 people over. Maybe you have a big party and have 100 people over and you have two and a half baths," he said.

"In the beginning, it would be okay with 30. Then after 100 people, it would be a little bit taxed, maybe you get an outdoor facility. Can you picture 5,000?."

"You can have the best facilities in the world but they are so overstocked..."

On Fox and Friends, Mr Kilmeade vigorously defended border patrol officials in response to claims of mistreatment. 

"They've have been pleading for help... they've been begging for help for months," he said.

"Then you throw it all on the border patrol and you wonder why the facilities aren't adequate."

Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, visited two of the Texas facilities this week, saying migrants were being subjected to "systemic cruelty."

Ms Ocasio-Cortez has slammed the Fox News host's description of the situation and reiterated her concerns about the conditions inside the facilities.

"Hey, @Kilmeade," she wrote on twitter.

"What was the last "party" you went to where you: were locked in a cage under armed guard, drank out of a toilet & given food of such poor nutritional value, for so long, that it gave you mouth sores?"

On twitter, Mr Kilmeade hit back at congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez's ridicule.

The inspector general for the US Department of Homeland Security has become the latest to warn of "dangerous overcrowding" in the Texas facilities.

A report from the agency watchdog detailing "serious overcrowding and prolonged detention of unaccompanied alien children, families, and single adults."

This included images of migrants packed shoulder to shoulder in detention facilities in cage-like holding areas.

Overcrowding of families observed by Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General on June 10, 2019 at Border Patrol's McAllen, Texas station.
Overcrowding of families observed by Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General on June 10, 2019 at Border Patrol's McAllen, Texas station.
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Families at Border Patrol's McAllen, Texas Centralised Processing Centre.
Families at Border Patrol's McAllen, Texas Centralised Processing Centre.
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Families packed into areas of Border Patrol's Weslaco,Texas, station.
Families at Border Patrol's McAllen, Texas Centralised Processing Centre.
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