Homeland Security report: tensions rising in overcrowded migrant detention facilities
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Homeland Security report: tensions rising in overcrowded migrant detention facilities

RIANE ROLDAN |
July 2, 2019

The Homeland Security Department's Office of Inspector General visited five Border Patrol facilities in South Texas last month and found "dangerous overcrowding and prolonged detention of children and adults."


The Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General released a report Tuesday detailing severe overcrowding and escalating tensions between detainees and Border Patrol agents at five facilities in the Rio Grande Valley.

The report said children were denied showers, clean clothing and hot meals. Several adults hadn’t had a shower for as long as a month.

While visiting the Fort Brown Station in Brownsville, inspectors said, detainees were shouting and banging on cell windows, pressing notes to the glass and pointing to their beards as evidence of their time in detention. The report also said that to get out of overcrowded holding tanks — some of them so packed that migrants all have to stand — some migrants have used mylar blankets and socks to clog the toilets so they will be removed from their cells while the toilets are fixed.

Credit by - The Texas tribune

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