US Agency Calls Border Detention 'Dangerously Overcrowded'

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The head of the U.S. Border Patrol on Monday slammed Facebook posts in a secret group for border patrol agents as "completely inappropriate". It didn't specify if that was the first report or sign that Wilmer was sick.

Figure 6. Eighty-eight adult males held in a cell with a maximum capacity of 41, some signaling prolonged detention to OIG Staff, observed by OIG on June 12, 2019, at Border Patrol's Fort Brown Station.

"Specifically, when detainees observed us, they banged on the cell windows, shouted, pressed notes to the window with their time in custody, and gestured to evidence of their time in custody", the report said.

Since then, deportations and detentions of undocumented migrants have reportedly increased.

"These do not represent the thoughts of the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol", Hastings said.

The inspector general for the US Department of Homeland Security warned on Tuesday about "dangerous overcrowding" in migrant detention facilities in Texas.

Representatives from Customs and Border Protection, which includes Border Patrol, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In another screenshot, a member of the group questioned the legitimacy of widely-shared pictures of the bodies of El Salvadoran migrant Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his daughter Valeria, who drowned last month trying to cross the Rio Grande into Texas.

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President Trump is pushing back against reports that migrants are being subjected to frightful conditions in detention centers at the U.S. -Mexico border.

Upon reviewing Border Patrol data, the inspectors found that more than a third of the 2,669 kids kept in the facilities had been held for longer than the 72 hours generally allowed by government regulation. Some adults were only receiving bologna sandwiches, causing constipation and in some cases requiring medical attention.

The report states that 50 migrant children under the age of seven traveling without their parents were being held in custody at the facilities - some waiting more than two weeks before finally being transferred to a longer term shelter. In one photo, women and children appeared to be sleeping on the ground under Mylar (thermal) blankets. Some were being given wet wipes to clean themselves.

Moreover, we ended our site visit at one Border Patrol facility early because our presence was agitating an already hard situation.

Monday's visit to the border by more than a dozen members of Congress - including Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Veronica Escobar of Texas - was a specific focus of some of the abuse on Facebook, ProPublica reported.

Judd went on to defend Border Patrol agents and pushed back against Ocasio-Cortez's claim, lodged earlier this week that women held in detention on the border were being instructed to drink water from the toilets, pointing out that the claim was based "a single female detainee". At one facility, detainees who had been moved from their cell during cleaning refused to return to their cell.

FILE - Department of Homeland Security (DHS) acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan speaks during a news conference in Washington, June 28, 2019.