Shocking pictures of ‘dangerously’ overcrowded cells at US migrant detention centres
These shocking pictures showing ‘dangerous’ overcrowding at US migrant detention centres.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General published photos on Tuesday of packed cells in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley where some children have no access to showers or hot meals.
A report issued by investigators said supervisors raised concerns for the health and safety of detainees and agents, warning that the overcrowding represented a “ticking time bomb.”
The document followed June visits to five US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency facilities in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) sector, the busiest area of the border for migrant arrests.
The report described conditions in the Rio Grande Valley sites as ‘dangerous’ and ‘prolonged’.
It came as President Donald Trump’s administration pushed back against criticism of its 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 sector, west of the Rio Grande Valley, with migrants held for weeks instead of days, and adults kept in cells with standing room only……..read more