Published: Thu, July 04, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

AOC Owes Border Patrol Agents an Apology

AOC Owes Border Patrol Agents an Apology

Acting Inspector General Jennifer Costello is urging DHS to "take immediate steps to alleviate risky overcrowding and prolonged detention of children and adults in the Rio Grande Valley".

"We are concerned that overcrowding and prolonged detention represent an immediate risk to the health and safety of DHS agents and officers, and to those detained", the report said.

The 16-page report found that the department needs to address the "dangerous overcrowding" and prolonged detention of children and adults in the Rio Grande Valley and its objective to notify the DHS of "urgent issues that require immediate attention and action", the Acting Inspector General Jennifer Costello wrote in a memorandum to Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan.

According to ABC News, Border Patrol agents say they are rescuing immigrants from the Rio Grande almost every day. Terrible conditions, overcrowding, and the guards mistreating the men, women, and children being held at the border. Some House Democrats wanted more standards on the facilities, but they ran up against resistance from centrist colleagues and those in the Senate. Most single adults had not had a shower despite several being held as long as a month.

When it comes to food, the report states, religious and dietary restrictions are not being honored, with adult detainees being fed "only bologna sandwiches".

"Those with special needs are at increased risk when crossing the Rio Grande River, an already unsafe undertaking", said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. Because tens of thousands of people are reading and sharing her revelations - and she is clearly a person who will not stop until the inhumane treatment of refugees ends. "We're talking systemic cruelty w/ a dehumanizing culture that treats them like animals".

"What is basic human rights?" the official responded. Mayor Pete Butigieg tweeted that he was "outraged by these photos", and Senator Corey Booker wrote that "this report is nothing short of horrific".

It came as President Donald Trump's administration pushed back against criticism of its migrant detention centers on the U.S. -Mexico border.

The trip to the center was organized by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus after a handful of lawmakers running for president in 2020 were denied access to the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children in Florida last week. Some women, she said, told her they were forced to drink out of the toilet when the faucet in their cell broke. White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway told Fox News that was an "outrageous claim".

Border Patrol divers and boats from both CBP and Mexico continued the search for the toddler - who is a Brazilian national - throughout the day on Tuesday and into Wednesday morning. Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost said in a statement that the behavior exhibited in the ProPublica screenshots contradicts CBP's expected values. "The showers - mobile units - were dank, dirty and only too small in number for the hundreds of people there just a few weeks ago", said Castro, who was one of several Democratic lawmakers to rail against the conditions of the Texas facilities.

A news story about a 16-year-old Guatemalan migrant who died in Border Patrol custody in May elicited a response from one member, "If he dies, he dies".

Leaked posts and commentary from inside the "I'm 10-15" group reveal an online environment with special indifference and hatred towards migrants and their suffering. "I know that the Border Patrol is not happy with the Democrats in Congress", he said.

In his interview, Hull said border facilities are "inspected constantly by DHS and CBP oversight entities".

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