DHS Inspector General: Overcrowded Migrant Centers ‘A Ticking Time Bomb’

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Figure 3 shows overcrowding of families observed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security OIG on June 11, 2019, at Border Patrol’s Weslaco, TX, Station.

One photo shows 88 men packed inside a room designed to hold 40 with one pressing a cardboard sign reading “help” against the window.

The report says some migrants deliberately clog the toilets with socks and blankets just to get the chance to get out of the cages while the toilets are fixed.

The inspector general’s report says the opportunity for personal hygiene is scarce and that many migrants became ill and constipated from the diet of bologna sandwiches that they are given.

The inspector general called on the DHS to “take immediate steps to alleviate dangerous overcrowding and prolonged detention of children and adults in the Rio Grande Valley.”

A group of Democratic lawmakers who visited one facility Monday called conditions there “horrifying.”

Critics blame the overcrowding, in part, on the Trump administration for refusing to release migrants seeking asylum.

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