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US citizen says he lost 26 pounds under 'inhumane' conditions at border facility in Texas

US citizen says he lost 26 pounds under 'inhumane' conditions at border facility in TexasAn 18-year-old U.S. citizen from Dallas says he lost 26 pounds while being held for more than three weeks at a U.S. border detention center.



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27 children removed from Montana treatment facility over allegations of 'egregious' abuse

27 children removed from Montana treatment facility over allegations of 'egregious' abuseThe allegations include physical and psychological abuse and assault at the Ranch for Kids in Rexford, Montana health officials said Tuesday.



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Man dead after attacking immigration detention facility in Washington state: police

Man dead after attacking immigration detention facility in Washington state: policeAn employee at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma reported one vehicle on fire and said the suspect was also attempting to ignite a large propane tank outside the facility, the Tacoma Police Department said in a statement. "This morning's attack at the ICE detention center in Tacoma was a horrific act of violence that has shaken us all," Washington Governor and 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Jay Inslee wrote on Twitter. The Northwest Detention Center is privately operated by The GEO Group on behalf of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).



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Vice President Pence Tours Border Patrol Facility With Almost 400 Men in ‘Crowded’ Cages, ‘Horrendous Stench’

Vice President Pence Tours Border Patrol Facility With Almost 400 Men in ‘Crowded’ Cages, ‘Horrendous Stench’Office of Inspector General/Department of Homeland Security via GettyVice President Mike Pence toured a Border Patrol facility in Texas on Friday where he reportedly saw hundreds of men standing in crowded cages who later yelled to tell reporters they were hungry.“The stench was horrendous,” White House pool reporter Josh Dawsey wrote of the brief visit to an outdoor portal at the McAllen Border Station.Nearly 400 men “were in caged fences with no cots,” Dawsey wrote, adding that it was so crowded the men would not have been able to lie down even on the concrete. Pence and the reporters accompanying him saw the outdoor portal full of migrants who had allegedly crossed the U.S. border illegally. The reporters saw the migrants for all of 90 seconds before they were escorted away, and the vice president “briefly” went into the room. The men inside the cages reportedly shouted to tell reporters they had been there for longer than 40 days and wanted to brush their teeth. There were no mats or pillows, according to Dawsey, and water was only accessible outside the cages, which Border Patrol agents said was made available to the detainees when the press was not there. Agents guarding the cages were wearing face masks. A White House official said the Secret Service had opposed Pence entering the area once the press left, but the vice president entered the room, Dawsey reported. The vice president later told reporters he had expected to see similar conditions at the facility. “I was not surprised by what I saw,” Pence told reporters. “I knew we’d see a system that was overwhelmed.”“This is tough stuff,” Pence was quoted as saying, adding that he was calling for Democrats to fund more beds for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and more spending from the Department of Homeland Security.Earlier Friday, Pence and reporters also toured a facility in Donna, Texas, that holds families, adults, and children. There, Dawsey described seeing detainees lying on “kindergarten-like napping mats” on the floor with a “thin tinfoil-like blanket.” Officials said it was one of the “nicest facilities because it was new and relatively clean.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get 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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Mike Pence says he'll bring TV cameras on tour of border facility as lawmakers voice alarm at conditions

Mike Pence says he'll bring TV cameras on tour of border facility as lawmakers voice alarm at conditionsMike Pence criticized lawmakers such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who have compared the detention facilities to concentration camps.



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Migrants report sexual abuse, misconduct, poor conditions at Arizona border facility

Migrants report sexual abuse, misconduct, poor conditions at Arizona border facilityReports revealed by NBC News allege mistreatment and abuse of migrants held at the Border Patrol's Yuma Sector holding facilities in Arizona.



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Migrant children held in Texas facility need access to doctors, says attorney

Migrant children held in Texas facility need access to doctors, says attorney‘Inhumane’ conditions for detained children amount to ‘emergency public health crisis’, says attorney who visited centerOvercrowding at the US border patrol station in McAllen, Texas, on 10 June. The team who visited the center in Clint found children did not have adequate access to drinking water or food. Photograph: Handout/Getty ImagesHundreds of children at a migrant detention center in Texas are being held in “inhumane” conditions that amount to an “emergency public health crisis” and should be allowed immediate access to doctors, according to an attorney who gained rare access to the facility.Elora Mukherjee, the director of Columbia Law School’s immigrant rights clinic, was one of six attorneys to visit the detention center in Clint as part of ongoing litigation about an agreement that states unaccompanied children can’t be held in US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities for more than 72 hours.The team found that children had no adequate access to medical care, had no basic sanitation, were exposed to extreme cold and did not have adequate access to drinking water or food.“I’ve been visiting children detained in federal immigration custody for 12 years,” Mukherjee told the Guardian. “I have never seen anything like this before. I have never seen, smelled, had to bear witness to such degrading and inhumane conditions.”The UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Monday said she was “appalled” at the conditions. “As a paediatrician, but also as a mother and a former head of state, I am deeply shocked that children are forced to sleep on the floor in overcrowded facilities, without access to adequate healthcare or food, and with poor sanitation conditions,” the statement quoted Bachelet as saying.Two weeks ago, the attorneys met with 60 children between the ages of five months and 17 years to interview them about the conditions in the facility, which is holding 350 children. Some had bodily fluids including breast milk, urine and mucus stained on their clothes and many were wearing the same clothes they had crossed the border in, days or weeks earlier.An aerial view of the border patrol facility in Clint, Texas, where attorneys reported migrants had been held in disturbing conditions. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty ImagesIn the past, Mukherjee said she would raise concerns about conditions with the lead counsel in the case, who would then pursue a remedy. This time, however, the conditions were so shocking the attorneys were compelled to approach the media.Mukherjee noted that seven children have died in federal immigration custody or shortly after being released, compared to no such deaths in the 10 previous years. “We were extremely concerned that more children might die if we didn’t go public,” she said.At Clint, attorneys learned a flu epidemic had left children quarantined, but were blocked from interviewing them in-person to ensure they were receiving proper medical care and instead communicated with some of the oldest children by phone.A week before their visit to Clint, at a similar facility in McAllen, Texas, lawyers and a pediatrician had identified five detained babies who needed immediate hospitalization and were transferred to a local hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.“The conditions within which they are held could be compared to torture facilities,” the physician, Dolly Lucio Sevier, wrote in a medical declaration obtained by ABC News.CBP initially denied the attorneys’ reports, but its own watchdog, the homeland security department’s Office of Inspector General, had already put together – then released last week – reports warning of dangerous overcrowding in border patrol facilities.On 10 June, the auditor said it witnessed “serious overcrowding” in four of five facilities and prolonged detention at the other five facilities – of both adults and children – that needed to be addressed immediately.Overcrowding observed by the Office of Inspector General at the border patrol station in McAllen, Texas, on 11 June. Photograph: Handout/Getty ImagesCBP said in a statement it “leverages our limited resources to provide the best care possible to those in our custody, especially children. As DHS and CBP leadership have noted numerous times, our short-term holding facilities were not designed to hold vulnerable populations and we urgently need additional humanitarian funding to manage this crisis.”In response to the slew of devastating reports, the health department, which takes custody of unaccompanied migrant children until they can be paired with relatives or foster parents, is expanding its shelter network.And the House oversight committee said it will hold a hearing on Wednesday about the treatment of migrants at detention facilities.Also next week, an independent mediator in the case that spurred the attorneys’ visit to Clint is due to provide a report about the detention centers before 12 July, according to court documents. That same day, Lights for Liberty vigils are planned around the country to protest the government’s failure to adequately care for these children.Jennifer Nagda, policy director at the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, said that the issue stems from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) treating detention centers as part of enforcement instead of a site for protecting adults and children.“It is incredibly frustrating when you know that on the part of homeland security, it is not due to a lack of resources, it is due to a lack of intention,” Nagda said. “They have sufficient funds to provide three decent meals a day and a mattress a child can sleep on and a bathroom they can use privately.”Nagda is one of hundreds, if not thousands, of advocates who have been raising concerns about immigration detention facilities while the US rapidly expanded immigration detention in the past two decades.The number of detained migrants increased in 1996 after then president Bill Clinton signed a pair of laws that introduced mandatory detentions for asylum seekers and legal immigrants who had committed crimes and allowed for indefinite detention.Nagda said after a decade working in this field, she was still shocked by the reports that emerged in recent weeks and was concerned a similar situation was replicated at other border facilities.Despite the grim reality at the border, Nagda clung to the power public outcry could have to change the current conditions. She thinks activists should specifically be pushing for children in detention to have access to pediatricians or medical experts with experience helping children and to have child welfare experts in the facility.“Those kinds of agency changes will only happen in response to extraordinary public pressure and I think the public should take heart that their anger, and rallying and marches could actually influence how this agency spends money and cares for families arriving at the border,” Nagda said, highlighting the role protests played in bringing an end to family separation in the summer of 2018.



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FedEx worker found frozen to death outside Illinois facility

FedEx worker found frozen to death outside Illinois facilityAuthorities in Illinois say the bitter cold played a role in the death of a FedEx employee whose body was found on Thursday morning.



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Arizona governor urges new leaders at facility after rape

Arizona governor urges new leaders at facility after rapePHOENIX (AP) — Arizona is looking into whether it can remove the board of directors of a long-term care facility where a nurse is accused of raping an incapacitated woman who later gave birth, the governor said Friday.



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Nurse arrested over sexual assault of woman impregnated while in vegetative state in Arizona health facility

Nurse arrested over sexual assault of woman impregnated while in vegetative state in Arizona health facilityA nurse has been arrested for sexual assault after an incapacitated woman gave birth to a child in Phoenix last month, according to police. The child’s birth sparked a police investigation into the Hacienda Healthcare facility, and it was announced on Tuesday that two doctors who had been in charge of the woman’s care were no longer with the company. CEO Bill Timmons resigned from the company earlier this month after the sexual assault and birth.



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