DHS Inspector General Finds 'Dangerous Overcrowding' In Border Patrol Facilities

July 2, 2019 National Public Radio
The Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General is warning about "dangerous overcrowding" in Border Patrol facilities in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas.

In a strongly worded report, the inspector general said the prolonged detention of migrants without proper food, hygiene or laundry facilities — some for more than a month — requires "immediate attention and action."

The report comes amid growing outrage over detention conditions for migrants and follows reports that migrant children were kept in squalid conditions without enough food and basic necessities in a Border Patrol station in West Texas.

Inspectors from DHS's Office of Inspector General in June visited Border Patrol facilities and ports of entry across the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, the busiest sector in the country for illegal border crossings.

"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," they wrote.

In its response to the report, the Department of Homeland Security says the surge of migrants crossing the Southern border has led to an "acute and worsening crisis."



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    Obama-Era ICE Official Says ‘Cages’ for Illegal Immigrant Children Were Obama’s Idea


    The man-in-charge of securing the border during the Obama administration just revealed that it was former President Barack Obama who had the idea of putting detained immigrant children in “cages”. Democrats and media alike have been criticizing President Donald for caging immigrant children, according to a report by Washington Examiner. Thomas Homan, who has continued working with the Trump administration in a different capacity, added that the facility with cages was built under Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson during Obama’s time at the White House.


    Thomas Homan, Obama’s executive associate director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement between May 2013 and January 2017, said, “I’ve been to that facility, where they talk about cages. That facility was built under President Obama under (Homeland Security) Secretary Jeh Johnson. I was there because I was there when it was built.


    Homan described his responsibility as an executive associate director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement on his LinkedIn profile as, “promoting public safety and national security by maintaining direct oversight of critical ICE programs and operations to identify, locate, arrest, detain and remove illegal aliens from the United States.”

    Thomas Homan since 2017 has served as Acting Director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Homan made those comments while speaking at a conference hosted by the Center for Immigration Studies. When a Trump official was asked “You still keeping kids in cages?”, Homan snapped back, “I would answer the question, ‘The kids are being housed in the same facility built under the Obama administration.’ If you want to call them cages, call them cages. But if the left wants to call them cages and the Democrats want to call them cages then they have to accept the fact that they were built and funded in FY 2015.”

    Homan argued that “cages” at Border Patrol facilities where immigrants were detained, was built to protect children, “It’s chain link dividers that keep children separate from unrelated adults. It’s about protecting children.”

    He doesn’t consider family separation to be the Trump administration’s fault and blamed the parents for trying to escape from poverty, violence and rampant corruption by seeking asylum in the United States. He told a House Appropriations subcommittee, “It isn't the fault of law enforcement that people get separated. It's the fault of the perpetrator. If someone enters this country illegally and knows he's in the country illegally and is found to be in the country illegally and is ordered removed from the country and chooses to have a child in this country that's a U.S. citizen by virtue of birth, he put himself in that position, so ICE is not separating that family.”

    Thomas Homan also felt the ICE was being unfairly treated and perceived for implementing laws that were decided by the government, “Unlike other agencies, we do this despite a constant deluge of biased attacks against ICE personnel by those who disagree with the laws we enforce. While I recognize that people have the right to protest laws they don't agree with I want to emphasize to the public and to the media and to this committee that ice officers don't write the laws. They enforce the laws”

    He was of the opinion that those who tried to enter the country without undergoing the documentation process was breaking the law and had to face the consequences, “We are all blessed to live in the greatest country on earth and I can't blame anybody who wants to live here… But we are also a country built on the foundation of the rule of law. Those who choose to enter this country illegally which is a crime, a federal crime, or to overstay their visa have knowingly chosen to break the law.

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    Rusty On June 27, 2019
    Obama’s ICE Chief: Those Cages For Illegal Kids Were Built By Obama Administration
    Thomas Homan, the executive associate director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under Barack Obama, says it was the previous administration that is responsible for building cages to house illegal immigrants.

    From The Washington Examiner: Barack’s ICE chief: Cages were Obama’s idea
    by Paul Bedard

    | June 26, 2019 03:57 PM
    Former President Barack Obama’s top immigration chief in charge of removing illegal immigrants said that the “cages” Democrats have accused President Trump of housing children in were the brainchild of the Obama administration.

    “I’ve been to that facility, where they talk about cages. That facility was built under President Obama under (Homeland Security) Secretary Jeh Johnson. I was there because I was there when it was built,” said Thomas Homan, who was Obama’s executive associate director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for nearly four years.

    At an immigration conference today, Homan, under consideration for a new position of “border czar” in the Trump administration, grew visibly angry answering a question about “cages” often cited by Democratic critics of the president.
  • So there is a problem at the border after all. The left and their propaganda media said the issue at the border was a "fabricated crisis." At least we can finally agree that there is definitely a problem at the border. Is it safe to assume a border wall may ameliorate this overcrowding problem?
  • The crisis fabricated by the Trump administration is their policy of separating asylum-seeking children from their parents and keeping them locked up indefinitely in terrible conditions.

    This cruel policy was supposed to decreased the number of asylum-seekers....but it has not.
  • "The crisis fabricated by the Trump administration"

    They had no problem in 2014 calling it a CRISIS and had no problem when obama declared a emergency because of the "crisis" happening in the Southern US border in 2014!!!!

    Let's take a walk down memory lane shall we!


    Border crisis scrambling the politics of immigration policy
    By Karen Tumulty and
    David Nakamura July 12, 2014
    Until now, the politics of immigration have been seen as a no-lose proposition for President Obama and the Democrats. If they could get a comprehensive overhaul passed, they would win. And if Republicans blocked it, the GOP would further alienate crucial Hispanic and moderate voters.

    But with the current crisis on the Southwest border, where authorities have apprehended tens of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children since October, that calculus may be shifting.

    Republicans and even some Democrats have accused Obama of being insufficiently engaged in a calamity that many say he should have seen coming.

    And the president’s own party is deeply divided over what must be done now — particularly on the sensitive question of deporting children who have traveled thousands of miles and turned themselves in to U.S. authorities to escape from the desperate
    situations they faced in countries such as Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

    The emergency has also renewed questions about the administration’s competence, reminiscent of those raised during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, last year’s botched rollout of the health-care law and more recent revelations of mismanagement that jeopardized care of patients at veterans hospitals.

    Obama’s goal now is to make clear to adults in Central America that there is no payoff for sending their children on the dangerous journey northward, said Cecilia Muñoz, the White House domestic policy director. “He feels intensely a responsibility to prevent an even greater humanitarian crisis,” she said.

    That, however, means speeding the deportation of most of those who have already arrived, which many in Obama’s own party are resisting.
  • Here is a video of obama declaring a National emergency because of the crisis in the Mexico US border....This was 2014!

    How silly of Democrats and folks like FacrsMatter to claim there is no crisis and if there is one its made up when the facts and reports from couple of years ago when obama was President the Democrats and media declared to us all that there was and there is a crisis at the border.
  • Obama send thousand of US troops to the border because of the crisis at the US border with Mexico...2010!

    From Reuters May, 2010: Obama sending 1,200 troops to Mexico border
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will seek $500 million for security and send up to 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexican border, an administration official said on Tuesday, after demands from both Republicans and Democrats for more federal resources along the frontier.

    The announcement comes as the Democratic president seeks Republican support for a sweeping overhaul of U.S. immigration laws, and rallies opposition to a tough new immigration law in Arizona that has caused tension in U.S. relations with Mexico, without seeming soft on illegal border crossings.
  • As we can see there was no crisis then or now....lol...Obama delcared a national emergency and send troops to the border for no reason...

    "This cruel policy was supposed to decreased the number of asylum-seekers....but it has not."

    This cruel policy was also enforced by Obama and the cages to hold the kids were Obama's idea according to a former official who worked for the Obama administration. How can these illegals stop coming when Democrats are slowing down the works on the wall that will stop these illegals and how can they stop illegally come into the US when Democrats encourage illegals to come a d Democrats created sanctuary cities that hide illegals from the law.

    Its stupid to ask how can they stop coming when your own party encourages them to come illegally and your own party shield them from the law?
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