Border patrol facilities are overcrowded, says report from Homeland Security inspector

Jul 04, 2019, 00:31
Border patrol facilities are overcrowded, says report from Homeland Security inspector

'It's, quite frankly, hypocritical and ridiculous for her to make those claims...'

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who visited the detention centers in Texas with other members of Congress on Monday, described conditions as "horrifying" and said migrants were being subjected to "systemic cruelty". Organized by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the visits gave 14 Democratic officials a firsthand look at the conditions in which undocumented people are being imprisoned by the Trump administration. "There's abuse. They put them in a room with no running water and these women were being told by CBP officers to drink out of the toilet". White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway told Fox News that was an "outrageous claim".

The parasites are treatable if diagnosed and treated quickly, Johannsen said, but he questions whether the CBP's contract health care workers are looking for them when screening children at the border.

Members of the group also posted derogatory comments about Ocasio-Cortez and photoshopped images showing the Democratic congresswoman engaged in sexual activity.

DHS responded to the Inspector General by saying Congress needs to act.

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The agency watchdog released its report a day after a group of Democratic lawmakers toured detention centres for undocumented immigrants in the state denouncing conditions there. "Our Border Patrol and medical teams are doing their absolute best under the situation this obstruction has handed them". Arrivals of undocumented immigrants have surged in recent months, with 144,000 taken into custody in May alone.

AMY GOODMAN: Well, for more, we go to Berkeley, California, where we're joined by A.C. Thompson. "As far as I've been made aware this is the first time these types of allegations have been made to us".

Before the rise of social media, Border Patrol agents gathered in parking lots at the end of their shifts for what was known as "choir practice" - a chance to share what they saw that day and anything else on their minds.

The existence of the Facebook group called "I'm 10-15" was revealed by the nonprofit news site ProPublica. The people behind these posts are responsible for the well-being of the most vulnerable among us - children, pregnant women, families.

ProPublica posted screenshots and quotes from the page showing members making fun of the deaths of migrants - cases that have drawn intense scrutiny and criticism for the agency.

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For example, a news story about a 16-year-old Guatemalan who died in Border Patrol custody elicited comments such as "Oh well" and "If he dies, he dies".

Another post was an illustration of freshman Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez being sexually assaulted by President Trump. A Department of Homeland Security official, who was not authorised to discuss the visit and spoke on the condition of anonymity, said no Border Patrol agent would allow that and there was water available.

The acting head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection John Sanders said he will be stepping down this Friday.

"Bunch of knuckleheads", one man yelled as the lawmakers tried to describe what they had seen at a Border Patrol station in El Paso and a migrant facility in Clint. Castro shared a video he took from inside one facility. Advocates note that many children deemed unaccompanied entered the US with another adult relative such as an aunt or an uncle but were separated. Congressmember Joaquin Castro added that some CBP agents have "become desensitized to the point of being risky to the migrants in their care".

According to a screen shot published by ProPublica, the Facebook group had 9,500 members.

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