'Help, 40 days here': the photos show the migrants crammed into the US border facilities. UU
WASHINGTON: Government investigators warned of dangerous overcrowding in more facilities for migrants on the US Southwest border. UU., Posting pictures on Tuesday of cells packed in the Texas Valley, where some children do not have access to showers or hot meals.
A report issued by investigators from the Department of Homeland Security said the supervisors expressed concern for the health and safety of the detainees and agents, warning that overcrowding represented a time bomb.
The DHS oversight agency issued the report after the June visits to five facilities of the Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) in the Rio Grande Valley sector (RGV), the busiest border area for arrests. of migrants.
It occurred when the government of President Donald Trump rejected criticism of migrant detention centers on the US-Mexico border.
Conditions at the centers have been a flashpoint since May, when the watchdog warned of similar conditions at facilities in the El Paso, Texas, area west of the Rio Grande Valley, with migrants held for weeks in place. of days, and adults kept in cells with capacity. Only room.
The security incidents between men in the RGV facilities included detainees who clog the toilets to be released from the cells, immigrants who refuse to return to the cells and special operations teams entered to show that the Border Patrol was ready to use force, the report said on Tuesday.
The migrants hit the cell windows and shouted when the researchers visited him. Most single adults had not showered even though several of them had stopped for a month. A photo showed a man in a cell with 88 men, which was built to contain 41, with a message saying: Help 40 days here.
The regulator's report recommended that CBP accelerate the transfer of single adults to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency responsible for the long-term detention of immigrants.
Border Patrol stations have been overwhelmed after migrant arrests reached a maximum of 13 years in May during an increase in Central American families.
Since then, migration flows have declined after Mexico deployed thousands of militarized police as part of an agreement with the United States to avoid US tariffs on Mexican products.
Border detentions fell 30% to 100,037 in June from 144,278 in May, including people who showed up at border crossings and were deemed inadmissible, the Mexican government said on Tuesday, citing data from US Customs and Border Protection.
Drink outside the bathrooms
Members of a congressional group visiting facilities in El Paso on Monday said the migrants were in deplorable conditions.
The delegation had been told to turn in their phones before the tour, but the Democratic Representative of the United States, Joaquín Castro, introduced a contraband device at a Border Patrol station and recorded a video of women in a crowded cell. .
Some said they had been held for 50 days, others separated from children, denied showers for up to 15 days and, in some cases, medication, Castro tweeted.
According to the representative of the United States, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the women were told to drink from a bath.
I do not know what Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is talking about, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in an interview with Fox Business Network, saying that CBP members are some of the bravest men and women on the planet.
They provided three meals a day to people who are here illegally and illegally, two sandwiches in the middle, Gidley said.
Trump has made repression against illegal immigration a centerpiece of his domestic policy agenda and his candidacy for reelection in 2020. But his efforts to build a wall on the southern border have been blocked in Congress, and last year he was forced to retreat after his zero-tolerance border policy of separating migrant children from his parents provoked widespread outrage.
A federal judge in Seattle on Tuesday blocked a policy of the Trump administration that would have kept thousands of asylum seekers in custody while pursuing their cases.
The American Civil Liberties Union, and other immigrant rights groups, sued the government to stop the policy of denying bond hearings to asylum seekers.
District Judge Marsha Pechman ruled that people detained after entering the country to apply for asylum were entitled to such hearings.
In New York, several hundred people gathered on Tuesday to demonstrate against the treatment of migrants by the Trump administration, as part of a day of protests across the country by rights groups aimed at members of Congress from United States.
The demonstrations were fueled by fears that the Trump government is preparing a raid of immigrants who are illegally in the country. Trump last month delayed the raids for two weeks.