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A new report by the Office of Inspector General reveals illegal immigrants in detention centers are going to great lengths to bust out of the overcrowded facilities, where showers are scarce and many become constipated from a daily diet of bologna sandwiches.
The OIG report issued Tuesday details observations during spot inspections at border detention facilities in the Rio Grande Valley sector in mid June, and the situation is not good for the immigrants or the folks tasked with taking care of them.
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“In the Border Patrol facilities we visited, we … observed serious overcrowding and prolonged detention among adult detainees. (Federal) TEDS (standards) provides that ‘under no circumstances should the maximum (cell occupancy rate, as set by the fare marshal, be exceeded.’ However, at one facility, some single adults were held in standing room only conditions for a week and at another, some single adults were held more than a month in overcrowded cells,” according to the report.
The situation is unbearable for some, who are taking matters into their own hands to force officials to provide relief.
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“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,” according to the report. “At the time of our visits, Border Patrol management told us there had already been security incidents among adult makes at multiple facilities.
“These included detainees clogging toilets with Mylar blankets and socks in order to be released from their cells during maintenance,” the OIG reports. “At one facilities, detainees who had been moved from their cell during cleaning refused to return to their cell. Border Patrol brought in its special operations team to demonstrate it was prepared...
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