The Trump immigration policy has delivered shocking blows to the American public throughout Trump’s two-and-a-half-years in office. From infants and toddlers being removed from their families and placed in detention centers to be neglected and abused to tear gas being sprayed on fleeing mothers with small children, the cruelty of the Donald Trump immigration plan has left lasting and devastating stains on this country.
EXCLUSIVE: A DHS IG report found "dangerous overcrowding" at an El Paso border patrol processing facility. During one visit, the facility, which has a max capacity of 125 migrants, was holding around 900 detainees: https://t.co/HQEJVVpvWK
— Priscilla Alvarez (@priscialva) May 31, 2019
On Friday, yet another of those scandals hit the news cycle. The Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General, who serves as a watchdog for DHS, released a report filled with horrifying observations from the El Paso del Norte Processing Center, where a facility with a capacity of just over 100 people is currently being used to detain more than 900 migrants.
A CNN exclusive report says that:
‘The Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General has found “dangerous overcrowding” and unsanitary conditions at an El Paso, Texas, Border Patrol processing facility following an unannounced inspection, according to a not-yet released report obtained by CNN.
‘The IG found “standing room only conditions” at the El Paso Del Norte Processing Center, which has a maximum capacity of 125 migrants. On May 7 and 8, logs indicated that there were “approximately 750 and 900 detainees, respectively.”‘
REPORT: The IG found "standing room only conditions" at the El Paso Del Norte Processing Center, which has a maximum capacity of 125 migrants, but on May 7 and 8, logs indicated that there were "approximately 750 and 900 detainees, respectively." https://t.co/dx70JjgJsj
— Erik Elken KVIA ABC-7 (@ErikElkenKVIA) May 31, 2019
The inhumane conditions that the IG observed included overcrowding, filth, and restricted access to toilets. Photos from inside the detention center indicate that children are also present.
‘”We also observed detainees standing on toilets in the cells to make room and gain breathing space, thus limiting access to the toilets,” the report states.
‘A cell with a maximum capacity of 12 held 76 detainees, another with a maximum capacity of eight held 41, and another with a maximum capacity of 35 held 155, according to the report.’
The #Yuma area is the third busiest for migrant crossings along the U.S.-Mexico #border, and has struggled with overcrowding at Border Patrol facilities.
Tents are already in use at the two busiest areas of the border: the Rio Grande Valley and El Paso. https://t.co/wbVOtOkiVH
— Rafael Carranza (@RafaelCarranza) May 24, 2019
Trump finally got his “border crisis” after threatening to close down the border between the United States and Mexico, as immigration levels had fallen to unprecedented modern lows before Trump took office. Now, the panicked fleeing from war-torn and impoverished countries, along with Trump’s policy of detaining every undocumented migrant, has detention centers bursting at the seams and human beings suffering the consequences.
‘”(Customs and Border Protection) was struggling to maintain hygienic conditions in the holding cells. With limited access to showers and clean clothing, detainees were wearing soiled clothing for days or weeks,” the report states.
‘”Corrective action is critical to the immediate health and safety needs of detainees, who cannot continue to be held in standing-room-only conditions for weeks until additional tents are constructed,” the report adds.’
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