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Arrested reporter slams conditions at US detention centers

Arrested reporter slams conditions at US detention centersA Spanish-language reporter who was recently released from immigration custody said Wednesday he was held for 15 months in detention centers that were plagued by insects and he had to bathe with cold water from water hoses. During a news conference, Manuel Duran discussed what he called inhumane conditions at immigration detention facilities in Louisiana and Alabama. Duran was released from an Alabama facility on bail last week as immigration courts consider his request for asylum.



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What first-hand government reports say about conditions at migrant detention centers

What first-hand government reports say about conditions at migrant detention centersUSA TODAY assembled accounts from government officials as well as pediatricians who have toured border facilities. Here's what they said.



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Trump calls children's detention centers 'well run and clean,' despite shocking reports from Pence visit

Trump calls children's detention centers 'well run and clean,' despite shocking reports from Pence visitPresident Trump defended conditions of crowded migrants detention facilities after Vice President Mike Pence offered mixed reviews after a tour at the border he completed last week.



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'Ticking time bomb': DHS must fix overcrowding at Texas migrant detention centers

'Ticking time bomb': DHS must fix overcrowding at Texas migrant detention centersThe Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General warns of a "ticking time bomb" because of overcrowding at migrant detention centers.



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Democratic Lawmakers Outraged by 'Dehumanizing' Conditions at Migrant Detention Centers

Democratic Lawmakers Outraged by 'Dehumanizing' Conditions at Migrant Detention CentersHouse Democrats expressed outrage at the conditions in detention centers they toured July 1



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AOC paints grim picture of U.S. migrant detention centers: 'People drinking out of toilets'

AOC paints grim picture of U.S. migrant detention centers: 'People drinking out of toilets'Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sharply criticized conditions at Customs and Border Protection detention camps, saying migrants were subject to “systemic cruelty” that treated them “like animals.”



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GOP Rep: Trump Hatred Could Be Driving Reports of Awful Conditions at Detention Centers

GOP Rep: Trump Hatred Could Be Driving Reports of Awful Conditions at Detention CentersMSNBCAmid reports of migrant children suffering in inhumane and squalid conditions at Texas border detention centers, Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) suggested on Monday night the reports could be untrue because of the hatred many feel for the president.Appearing on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes, the Texas lawmaker was asked by host Chris Hayes whether he agreed that “these kinds of conditions are appalling and unacceptable,” something Burgess was unwilling to fully concede.Noting that “it’s always been tough” at a number of facilities at the border, Burgess went on to describe the Custom and Border Patrol agents as heroes, insisting that they don’t get enough credit for the humane work they do. Hayes, meanwhile, pressed the congressman to address the conditions at the facilities, specifically at the center in Clint, Texas, where hundreds of young migrants were reportedly detained in a “chaotic scene of sickness and filth.” Following the reports of overcrowding and inadequate food and sanitation, all but 30 children were removed from the center.Burgess, however, asserted that he hadn’t seen anything like that at the centers he’d visited, causing Hayes to ask if Burgess thought reporters and lawyers were “making it up.” Once again, the Republican lawmaker insisted that wasn’t what he’d seen, noting that he hadn’t been to the Clint facility.“You think this is fictional?!” Hayes exclaimed.“I don’t know if it’s hyperbole,” Burgess replied. “I know that the hatred for this president is so intense, people are liable to say anything. I got to go look for myself and see for myself.”Moments later, Hayes confronted Burgess over reports that children in the facilities had “lice crawling through their heads,” causing the congressman to claim that the kids “arrive with the lice.”“You don’t know that,” the MSNBC host exploded. “You do not know that!”“I do,” Burgess stated.Hayes pushed back and pointed to reports that children in the Clint facility had contracted the flu there, leading Burgess to bring up another facility altogether.“That is not true. When I was down in McAllen—” Burgess said, prompting Hayes to fire back that they were talking about Clint and the lawmaker had admitted he hadn’t been there.“I just talked to the lawyer who was just in Clint, Texas,” the All In host exclaimed. “You just told me you’re not in Clint, Texas. You don’t know what they got.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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AOC slams 'shrieking Republicans' after comparing migrant detention centers to concentration camps

AOC slams 'shrieking Republicans' after comparing migrant detention centers to concentration campsAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez has slammed Liz Cheney in an escalation of tension between the two congresswomen over calling migrant detention camps at the US-Mexico border “concentration camps”.Ms Ocasio-Cortez, who had first described the detention facilities as concentration camps during an Instagram Live appearance last week, claimed that Ms Cheney had actually invoked the Holocaust.“Reminder: the member who directly + explicitly compared concentration camps on our border to the Holocaust was *Liz Cheney*. The horrors of the Holocaust went beyond the use of concentration camps, yet camps were part of the process,’ Ms Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “They have also been used before and after.”Ms Ocasio-Cortez said last week during her Instagram Live that the US was running the “concentration camps” on the US-Mexico border, and suggested that anyone who is not bothered by that idea is not particularly concerned with humanity.“The US is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are,” Ms Ocasio-Cortez said last week. “If that doesn’t bother you … I want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that ‘never again means something.”> Reminder: the member who directly + explicitly compared concentration camps on our border to the Holocaust was *Liz Cheney.* > > The horrors of the Holocaust went beyond the use of concentration camps, yet camps were part of the process. > > They have also been used before and after.> > — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) > > June 24, 2019



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Minority Arabs in Israel object to cameras at polling centers

Minority Arabs in Israel object to cameras at polling centersUMM AL-FAHM, Israel (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s party sent monitors equipped with body cameras to a number of polling stations with Arab constituents on election day in Israel on Tuesday, and Arab politicians condemned the move as voter intimidation. Asked about the use of cameras in polling stations, Israeli police said there had been “a number of suspected irregularities” in the north, where many Israeli Arabs – who comprise 21 percent of the population – live. Netanyahu, head of the right-wing Likud party who opinion polls showed was neck-and-neck with a centrist rival, defended the filming, saying that cameras should be posted openly at voting stations everywhere to ensure “a valid vote”.



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Border Patrol Releases Migrants, Citing Lack of Space in Detention Centers

Border Patrol Releases Migrants, Citing Lack of Space in Detention CentersU.S. Customs and Border Patrol on Tuesday released 50 migrants recently detained at the border near Mcallen, Texas due to a lack of space in the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers they would otherwise be sent to while awaiting their asylum hearings.CPB officials told the Los Angeles Times that the migrants released Tuesday represent just the first wave of a group of hundreds whom they will be forced to release in the coming days due to a lack of resources.Border Patrol spokesman Carlos Diaz said the 50 migrants were given notices to appear in court and released to local charities after their processing center in McAllen was overwhelmed by the number of migrants arriving each day.“It is a crisis,” an unnamed CPB official told the Times. “It’s not a self-proclaimed crisis.”The unnamed official's assessment of the situation at the border echoes those of President Trump and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, who have raised alarms in recent months about the particular challenges posed by the high numbers of Central American families arriving at the border every day.“In February, we saw a 30 percent jump over the previous month, with agents apprehending or encountering nearly 75,000 aliens,” Nielsen told the House Committee on Homeland Security earlier this month. “This is an 80 percent increase over the same time last year. And I can report today that CBP is forecasting the problem will get even worse this spring as the weather warms up.”“Over 60 percent of the current flow are family units and unaccompanied alien children, and 60 percent are non-Mexican,” she added, likely referencing the provision in U.S. immigration law that requires asylum-seekers native to non-contiguous countries be allowed to remain in the U.S. while their asylum applications are adjudicated.



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