Published: Thu, July 04, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Authorities search the Rio Grande River for a missing 2-year-old

Authorities search the Rio Grande River for a missing 2-year-old

The Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General released a report on Tuesday detailing severe overcrowding and escalating tensions between detainees and Border Patrol agents at five facilities in the Rio Grande Valley.

A report issued by investigators for the Department of Homeland Security said supervisors raised concerns for the health and safety of detainees and agents, warning that the overcrowding represented a "ticking time bomb".

The Inspector General toured the facilities during the week of June 10.

A federal judge in Seattle on Tuesday blocked a Trump administration policy that would have kept thousands of asylum seekers in custody while they pursued their cases.

A government watchdog is warning of risky conditions inside migrant detention facilities in Texas, releasing photos of the conditions inside the centers that show a crush of people inside cells, some begging for help.

"So this is what happened with the migrant and drinking water from toilet: she wanted water, didn't know how to use the faucet in the cell, and drank from the toilet".

While visiting the Fort Brown Station in Brownsville, inspectors said detainees were shouting and banging on cell windows, pressing notes to the glass and pointing to their beards as evidence of their time in detention.

The facilities visited were created to detain migrants for no more than 72 hours, but the report says investigators found prolonged detention at all five facilities.

Ocasio-Cortez and several colleagues said after touring facilities in Texas that women detained said they had gone weeks without showers and were told to drink water from toilets when sinks broke.

Trump said he hadn't seen the postings, but claimed Border Patrol agents were not happy with Congress.

"They put their lives in danger every single day".

"They provided three meals a day to people who are here illegally and unlawfully, two snacks in between", Gidley said.

President Donald Trump, who has made clamping down on illegal immigration a key part of his domestic agenda, dismissed the Democrats' criticism and said the crisis at the border could be fixed if migrants only came into the United States legally. Picture pixelated at source.

Brian Hastings, Border Patrol Chief of Operations, said CBP takes the posts very seriously in a Monday interview with CNN's Brooke Baldwin.

"Sickening. Human beings are being herded like animals right now in our country", Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted, while Senator Bernie Sanders wrote that those in charge of the detention centres "do not respect basic human rights". It is hard to imagine conditions more worthy of an outburst than those in which the US government has killed seven migrant children and imprisoned thousands more.

"The horrid conditions CBP has subjected children and families to at the border are nothing short of inhumane and downright inexcusable", Schumer said.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) visited southern border facilities this past week. "But if I get a kid from Guatemala, I have to start thinking these other bacteria, parasites, cryptosporidium", said Johannsen, who volunteers to care for migrant children at El Paso's Annunciation House shelters.

Two pastors stood their ground after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.

It added that not all of the members in the group 'are active active duty agents'.

The migration flows from Central America have dropped sharply since hitting their highest level in more than a decade in May, as Mexico deployed thousands of militarised police as part of a June 7 deal with the United States to avoid US tariffs on Mexican goods and other enforcement measures.

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