Trump Is Building Tent Courts Along The Border. Here's What They Look Like. | Visual Investigations

  • Published: 29 August 2019
  • Tent courthouses are the administration’s latest move in its “Remain in Mexico” policy, forcing asylum seekers to wait in one of Mexico’s most dangerous states until their hearings. We track the tents’ expansion through satellite imagery — and explain how they could make the asylum process even harder.

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Comments • 285

  • David
    David  2 weeks back

    Protect our border, and depot all the illegal immigrants, ALL illegal immigrants are cheaters who refused to come legally and all must be depoted. illegal immigrants problems are not american citizens responsibility. We have 10 millions illegal immigrants already in american, no country on earth is this nice and kinds. I do not see the communist china or mexico allow any illegal immigrants into their country. All these illegal immigrants cost us billions in our tax dollars to house them so we can give them due process to depot them. What next, allow a billion illegal immigrants to be here so they can destroy this country, simple because we are american citizen can no possible way to provide housing, jobs or social service for free to this billions illegal immigrants...... Wow, a billion illegal immigrants becoming a billion homeless.... a nightmare in the make supported by the racist democrat party. we must protect our border to ensure fairness to all the billions legal immigrants waiting in line to come to america, no border no country. the communist china want no border so their can own the whole earth.... but if any one cross over china illegally the china communist.... the china communist party will take no prisoners as the china communist view illegal immigrant as an enemy.

    • Random Guy
      Random Guy  2 weeks back

      ​ David But people coming to the border and voluntarily going into custody *are* seeking asylum. You're extremely misinformed, you must request asylum within a country's border.
      Not at an embassy.
      Within the sovereign border.

    • David
      David  2 weeks back

      Illegal immigrants are not asylum seek. these people already broke our laws by be in this country illegally. you must apply for ayslum at the border without crossing over. please do not be confuse the different between illegal immigrant and asylum seeker , educate yourself. if you are a person here in my country illegally, please depot yourself.... We have 10 milliions illegal immigrant living here already, we do not need one more. No border, no country, I hopefully you are smart enough to know that if you are an American citizen.

    • Random Guy
      Random Guy  2 weeks back

      David Asylum seekers are not illegal immigrants. They are allowed to seek asylum and receive protection while doing so by international law.

  • Miriam Perkins
    Miriam Perkins  4 weeks back

    It annoys me that this video has only got 32k views. But right wing media, hundreds of millions of views.

    What is wrong with our world?

    • Brian Donahue
      Brian Donahue  1 months back

      Take the good looking girls and the skilled everyone else s ett and them back

      • L
        L  1 months back

        They were given the chance but they would never come when they were told
        Don't feel sorry at all nothing but THIEVES and liars !

        • Random Guy
          Random Guy  2 weeks back

          Google “banana republics” and you’ll find that America is definitely responsible for the mess in Latin America.

      • Don Tommasino
        Don Tommasino  1 months back


        • Stephen Bailey
          Stephen Bailey  1 months back

          We need 10,000 or more a day.

          • Deplorable
            Deplorable  2 months back

            Building more of the wall every day 😄

            • Janusha
              Janusha  2 months back

              Haha this is a farce. There are no lawyers, there are no judges, no nothing. This is just a quick way to mass-deny a lot of applicants without having to give them the "benefit" of a real court. A complete joke.

              • anthonymarcus48
                anthonymarcus48  2 months back

       Sept. 13, 2019 USCIS to Welcome More Than 34,000 New Citizens in Celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day
                USCIS announced today that it will celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day by welcoming nearly 34,300 new U.S. citizens during 316 naturalization ceremonies across the nation between Sept. 13 and 23.

                • Soturian
                  Soturian  2 months back

                  Objection! Asylum claims, visa violations, and illegal immigration are civil offenses. That means there isn't really due process, but the worst thing the judge can do is bar one from reentry. No prison sentence, no jury, no right to a lawyer, and only a preponderance of evidence is needed.

                  • mrbobbilly
                    mrbobbilly  2 months back

                    Claiming asylum is not illegal you moron, why are they called refugees then

                • Soturian
                  Soturian  2 months back

                  More tents, more judges. That goes a long way in clearing backlogs and overcrowding. Why present this as bad news?

                  • Soturian
                    Soturian  2 weeks back

                    @Janusha quit talking to yourself

                  • David
                    David  2 weeks back

                    This is not bad news.

                  • Janusha
                    Janusha  2 months back

                    uh.... If you dont understand these things, you should probably go somewhere else and talk about something you do understand. This is clearly not for you.

                  • Soturian
                    Soturian  2 months back

                    @Janusha are you trying to sound schizophrenic?

                  • Janusha
                    Janusha  2 months back

                    This is bad news because there are no judges, no lawyers. These applicans dont have their rights taken care of. They get no assistance. This is just a denial-machine. To quickly go through a bunch of applications and automatically deny them. Its a farce. A joke. Its a complete bypass of the entire legal process. And as such, its probably in violation of every single international treaty on human rights. But hey... Its american, so there is nothing new in that.

                • Soturian
                  Soturian  2 months back

                  "Unprecedented crackdown?????" Bull, Trump has thus far done little to nothing to help or hinder the situation in any way. Quit making assumptions based on comment trolls, NYT!!!

                  • Rommy MadCat
                    Rommy MadCat  2 months back

                    So, the US are taking the worst part of being Australian, & running with it.
                    Thats sad.

                    • Darker Star
                      Darker Star  2 weeks back

                      @Rommy MadCat oh boo hoo. Do you know what these "refugees" would do to citizens if given the chance or do you just not care? Such a humanitarian you'd put your own at risk to virtue signal. Get a life, and if you want to help all the poor refugees, move to their country and start there

                    • Rommy MadCat
                      Rommy MadCat  3 weeks back

                      @Soturian the offshore centres are far from kind.Theyre just on islands so nobody sees it.

                    • Soturian
                      Soturian  2 months back

                      What you talking about? Australia has been nice to Boer refugees.

                  • John Billings
                    John Billings  2 months back


                    When the CIA was into mind control? What do you think torture is?
                    Like it's over... You think the border games are anything else?
                    You have an editor?

                    • Zev V
                      Zev V  2 months back

                      Awesome 👏 about time we have a President that Actually does something. 😃

                      • Jar Head
                        Jar Head  2 months back

                        Zev V and actually doing something with complete push back. Without Trump this country will fall

                    • Melon
                      Melon  2 months back

                      The funny thing is, it’s all the U.S. fault they are coming to the U.S....War on drugs *cough cough*

                      • Soturian
                        Soturian  2 months back

                        You evidently don't know the first thing about Latin America.

                        1) The big money maker is extortion, not drugs.
                        2) Americans aren't any more addicted to drugs than Latin America, it's due to LA's crime issues they are much cheaper the produce there than in the US where law enforcement is much more effective.
                        3) There doesn't need to be a large scale criminal operation for crime levels to reach a fever pitch. For instance, Alpulco tanked not for any one cartel's action, but due to literally thousands of small gangs extorting and robbing the lucrative tourist industry.
                        4) The war on drugs actually reached its height in the 80's, but cooled off with the breakup of a few major cartels. The effectiveness of this campaign can be shown that while in Columbia Coca leaves can be bought and chewed easily like tobacco, the price of cocaine in America is significantly above the price of gold.
                        5) Many of these refugees are fleeing literal warzones. MS-13 is a gang so large that it is as well funded and staffed as the Salvadoran government it fights. Certain cities in Mexico are controlled by rogue vigilantes. Venezuela is the magical land where black markets are the only way to procure essential items like food, toilet paper, gasoline, etc.

                    • Jule Rulez
                      Jule Rulez  2 months back

                      Wow they have "danger at home".What makes them special? Im from Europe country-Let me in America-I have "danger at home" too.! If that the only reason they let people in America.

                      • Jule Rulez
                        Jule Rulez  2 months back

                        @Janusha"I dont understand"?? Well Mexicans want to enter America so they can work and earn big money right? Since "Big money" dont grow on trees they then very likely gonna do some criminal to earn that money.That thing has been done and happens every day! So dont tell me "if they get in" its all gonna be fine and they can support their families and kids by mowing lawns and cleaning houses.

                      • Janusha
                        Janusha  2 months back

                        Dude. If you dont understand these things. Maybe go and talk about something you do understand.

                    • mary jones
                      mary jones  2 months back

                      nothing but evil from trumputin!

                      • mary jones
                        mary jones  2 months back

                        @Soturian you have quite specifically, but perhaps you didn't mean to do it. you have also inferred it numerous times. this is the comment section, btw, which is meant for comments on the video, as with other videos and comment sections. i gave my honest comment/opinion on the content. your problem with this is what now?

                      • Soturian
                        Soturian  2 months back

                        @mary jones I'm not calling you anything, I'm saying you're doing nothing for no one with the infamatory comments.

                      • mary jones
                        mary jones  2 months back

                        @Soturian ah but agreeing does? interesting theory. so my agreeing with the video is trolling but your disagreeing with me or it isn't? and now you want to call me a bigot and a racist? on the basis of these few comments, none of which are remotely either. and btw, i abhor both racism and all forms of bigotry. can your 'dear leader trump' say the same?
                        for your edification:
                        INFORMAL•NORTH AMERICAN
                        an accomplice of a hawker, gambler, or swindler who acts as an enthusiastic customer to entice or encourage others.
                        act or work as a shill.
                        Trolling is defined as creating discord on the Internet by starting quarrels or upsetting people by posting inflammatory or off-topic messages in an online community. Basically, a social media troll is someone who purposely says something controversial in order to get a rise out of other users.

                      • Soturian
                        Soturian  2 months back

                        @mary jones disagreeing doesn't equal trolling. If that were so there would be a paradox opened. And you shouldn't call people shills, that's what white supremacists call any non-Jewish supporter of Israel.

                      • mary jones
                        mary jones  2 months back

                        @Soturian ah, now you say that you used it loosely... i see... and you are still a no content troll or shill. and again, it is my honest opinion, not 'white noise'. rather than trying to annoy the 'other side', i am using my 1st amendment rights to give my opinion. we have that right still in America. i am not going to fox entertainment with it, btw. you should look into that right for your country.

                    • Umar Abdullah
                      Umar Abdullah  2 months back

                      How can you get a fair hearing via video?

                      • Janusha
                        Janusha  2 months back

                        Haha these tents are designed to NOT give people a fair hearing. There are no judges, no lawyers. These peoples rights are not being taken into account. These pop-up court tents are designed to mass-deny a whole bunch of cases automatically. So they dont have to burden the US legal & justice system with it. Its a complete farce, a joke. And as such... Probably in violation of a whole bunch of human rights treaties.

                      • Jar Head
                        Jar Head  2 months back

                        Umar Abdullah LoL via video is used in court everyday across America.

                    • Oblio965
                      Oblio965  2 months back

                      I had to skim through the comments to see how far donboy's knocking of the NYT has sunk in to his "supporters". They throw words like "treason" around like confetti, and support the most treasonous public official in our nation's history. donboy makes Benedict Arnold look like a boyscout!

                      • Mohammad Ist Muslim
                        Mohammad Ist Muslim  2 months back

                        That's why Dalai Lama said that they can be welcomed once they go through proper channels. but once their countries situation is right they can go back and rebuild ,fix it once again but unfortunately they showed no interest in doing that and committing immigration fraud . If we fuelling the illegals without any id ,documents or information as well then there are also people of enemy countries ,terrorists disguise as refugees it can also lead to human trafficking ,drug trafficking, prostitution ,child slavery etc. Moreover history is evident that countries and empires have their borders and boundaries to protect themselves from any kind of aggression . And that's why countries have borders, military, till this day to protect the people living in it.

                        • Darker Star
                          Darker Star  2 weeks back

                          @IngeniousFirefly America putting America first is wrong? And wtf does he mean "take global responsibility"? As if all of the world's problems are on us lol? Or does he just want us to police the world? Then we can hear him cry like so many others about how America gets in everyone's business. Maybe he should stop allowing in "refugees" because someone greases his palms and go to their countries to help if he's such a humanitarian...

                        • Mohammad Ist Muslim
                          Mohammad Ist Muslim  2 months back

                          @IngeniousFirefly did i say about trump?

                        • IngeniousFirefly
                          IngeniousFirefly  2 months back

                          Dalai Lama also said about Trump:
                          "One day he says something, another day he says something. But I think [there is a] lack of moral principle. When he became president, he expressed America first. That is wrong. America, they should take the global responsibility.”

                        • Knightmare
                          Knightmare  2 months back

                          Good insight. Unfortunately no one would care about what your comment said because people have feelings over facts especially where they came from.😔

                      • Stephen Waterman
                        Stephen Waterman  2 months back

                        Why don't the people worried about Mexicans go protest in Mexico and help the people?
                        Mexico has a government, show the people how to make change and get things done.

                        Or if we are spending billions on walls and even more on immigrants, why don't we just help Mexico clean up the country?

                        We send in the troops, build more prisons and more tent courthouses, locate and bust the criminals putting them in jail.

                        • 123abc
                          123abc  2 months back

                          There are plenty of high risk areas in the US

                          • Mikhail Angel
                            Mikhail Angel  1 months back

                            Gary, Indiana. I presume...

                          • mrbobbilly
                            mrbobbilly  2 months back

                            @Soturian our poverty in the us is first class living compared to upper class in poor countries like singapore

                          • Soturian
                            Soturian  2 months back

                            Our "high risk areas" have got nothing on normal life in Latin America.

                        • yl yxdlzy
                          yl yxdlzy  2 months back

                          Odessa shooting is a Beautiful scenery! Support democracy and freedom! Americans must pursue democracy like Hong Kong. The United States needs more such beautiful scenery.

                          • Soturian
                            Soturian  2 months back

                            Hong Kong doesn't even have the democratic institutions that WE INVENTED.

                        • Dr IP
                          Dr IP  2 months back

                          420 cases a day, huh?

                          • Jar Head
                            Jar Head  2 months back

                            Dr IP yes the country is being invaded by a million a year.

                          • Soturian
                            Soturian  2 months back

                            Yep, that's the case load. Fortunately they've been hiring more judges.

                        • Christine Chan
                          Christine Chan  2 months back

                          another day of fktard trump

                        • Xavier Jordan
                          Xavier Jordan  2 months back

                          420 blaze it

                          • Maria Juana
                            Maria Juana  2 months back

                            Sounds about white💊💉😂😳😡😈👍🏼

                          • snowflake melter
                            snowflake melter  2 months back


                            • wantafanta01
                              wantafanta01  2 months back

                              420 cases a day..

                              did we get meme'd by CBP?

                              • Soturian
                                Soturian  2 months back

                                I'm not familiar with that slang

                            • A Nii
                              A Nii  2 months back

                              We don’t want them in Mexico we aren’t your backyard

                              • Jesse Peters
                                Jesse Peters  2 months back

                                Its Mexicans trying to get in. We dont want more fkn Mexicans

                            • Tobias Forge
                              Tobias Forge  2 months back

                              NYT is a propaganda outlet ... use common sense people. This crap is poison.

                              • R P
                                R P  2 months back

                                Illegal immigrants did this to themselves.

                                • giwake
                                  giwake  2 months back

                                  What if they were unable to legally come here? What if the time it took to get asylum was too long and someone ends up dead?
                                  Think before you speak, fuckwad.

                                • Kevin Jackson
                                  Kevin Jackson  2 months back

                                  Shut up Satan.

                              • D J
                                D J  2 months back


                                • Kevin Cline
                                  Kevin Cline  2 months back

                                  I hate when people think the grass is greener. It tears up the grass when everyone shows up. Anyone want to take our guns and move to Mexico?

                                  • Kevin Cline
                                    Kevin Cline  2 months back

                                    @Soturian I don't get an American pension. I'm 28....

                                    So you're saying that I have to contribute for 50 years to even leave? Why do the prison sentence Mexicans?????

                                  • Kevin Cline
                                    Kevin Cline  2 months back

                                    @Kroisos V not enough obviously.

                                  • Soturian
                                    Soturian  2 months back

                                    If you get an American pension, you can live a LONG retirement down there comfortably. There are people that do that.

                                  • Kroisos V
                                    Kroisos V  2 months back

                                    Mexico is already filled with guns from the US...

                                  • Flamingo Vlogs
                                    Flamingo Vlogs  2 months back

                                    Kevin Cline I don’t get it 🤪

                                • Ciggernunt Niberian
                                  Ciggernunt Niberian  2 months back

                                  Nyt your just a racist woke machine

                                  • CardinalTrail
                                    CardinalTrail  2 months back

                                    I think its time to start boycotting the partisan news papers

                                    • Amanda A
                                      Amanda A  2 months back

                                      Yes keep the border open!! Let all those Congolese men through who may or may not be carrying Ebola...they are currently with the Mexicans and Venezuelan people fighting at your border. 21 day incubation period imagine how quickly that's going to spread in America. You Americans have to be the dumbest people on earth. Rather than agree with Trump you are willing to put the whole country and your innocent children in grave danger. Good luck America you need it 👍

                                      • himagainstill
                                        himagainstill  2 months back

                                        Cool story. Have you considered a career writing fiction?

                                    • xonious
                                      xonious  2 months back

                                      Why is this racist publication still allowed on Youtube?

                                      • Marc jackson
                                        Marc jackson  2 months back

                                        The trump administration disgusts me.

                                        • Edmund Singleton
                                          Edmund Singleton  3 months back

                                          Ever since I learned to read, when watching television, if
                                          text appears on the screen, I could not, not read it, reading is a hardwired uncontrollable
                                          function whenever text appears, wherever it appears even while walking down a
                                          street. When network logos started appearing on television screens, at first, I
                                          ‘didn’t have a problem with them as long as it remain a logo, like the CBS Eye,
                                          but then when some networks turned to letters then actual words, I mostly
                                          avoided their programing. MSNBC has presented some excellent documentaries, I
                                          think, I seldom watch any of them, they insist on displaying the doc title at
                                          the bottom of the screen for the duration of its running, my annoyance peeks to
                                          the point of if I started to watch then to quickly turn to not to, I don’t
                                          watch television to involuntarily read texts. A little like trying to avoid a
                                          phoney on television that dyes their hair…its uncontrivable…

                                          • willy
                                            willy  3 months back

                                            Yes, 100% this is the system that in southeast Asia... I lived it, I know, to be honest... the U.S. just dose what others do

                                            • ChainsGoldMask
                                              ChainsGoldMask  3 months back

                                              You can govern small populations. Yet, small populations are a thing of the past. More nation states? Anarchy? Or we continue to watch entropy consume us all? The closer you look at these situations, the more you see how far behind we are in dealing with them. Good night, and good luck.

                                              • Kevin Cline
                                                Kevin Cline  2 months back

                                                Wow. For once someone speaks truth.

                                            • Zen = Yen 🔴
                                              Zen = Yen 🔴  3 months back

                                              Do u think that USA shud
                                              A) compel Mexico to curb its population as well as enhance Mexicos education, via the usual bullying blackmailing and incentivising schemes used by both USA and UN
                                              B) help grow Mexicos economy in order to curb migration and also benefit as a trading partner
                                              C) = BOTH A and B
                                              D) YouTube commentator shud quit those sugar laced pot brownies and these suggestions will die its natural death.

                                              • Zen = Yen 🔴
                                                Zen = Yen 🔴  2 months back

                                                Thank you @Jonas Tisell I'll take that as a compliment.
                                                God bless your beautiful soul.
                                                May the force be with you, always.

                                              • Jonas Tisell
                                                Jonas Tisell  2 months back

                                                English level 1000

                                            • Kid THR1VAL
                                              Kid THR1VAL  3 months back

                                              I’m shocked with how unbelievably unselfaware you guys are. “Send back to Mexico until their hearings?” “How dangerous these border towns are?” They’re already in Mexico, every single person seeking entrance will seek asylum, there’s not another way they will seek entrance and we make are own murderers wait in prison when seeking parole and why would we simply give access to persons seeking entrance trying to enter illegally while they wait for their hearings?? Even the best illegal immigrants would likely split to somewhere half across the country and never show up for their scheduled hearings and never look back. This is so tone deaf!

                                              • himagainstill
                                                himagainstill  3 months back

                                                Because the law says you have to let them in to claim asylum. You can stick them in detention until you've made up your mind, but you ought can't refuse to let them claim asylum. This is settled international law which almost every country in the world has agreed to.

                                            • alek
                                              alek  3 months back

                                              Democrats opposed the CBP chief new plan with having kids and parents together in family holding centers. There’s one like this in Texas.

                                              • jordan
                                                jordan  3 months back

                                                Dems: You cannot deny asylum before a trial!
                                                Trump: Hold my tents.

                                              • Hildebeast Clinton
                                                Hildebeast Clinton  3 months back

                                                It’s hot down at the US Mexico Border, so the tents prevent people from sun over exposure. 😎