Lack of soap, filthy onesies and too few beds have created a ‘health crisis’ at border detention facilities, monitors warn.
A team of doctors, lawyers and advocates are warning of what they say are major health and hygiene problems at several US Customs and Border Protection facilities in Texas.
“There was just a pervasive health crisis,” said attorney Toby Gialluca, describing what she said were conditions at the Ursula Processing Center in McAllen, Texas. “Virtually everyone we saw was ill.”
Clara Long, a senior researcher for Human Rights Watch, described what she said were “unconscionable conditions” at a Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas, where unaccompanied minors were being held.
“The kids had colds and were sick and said they didn’t have access to soap to wash their hands. It was an alcohol-based cleanser. Some kids who were detained for 2-3 weeks had only one or two opportunities to shower. One said they hadn’t showered in three weeks,” she said. “Hygiene and living conditions like this creates a risk of spreading infectious disease. It makes me very concerned about the public health emergency.”
The allegations, first reported by The Associated Press, come weeks after a report from the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general found “dangerous overcrowding” and unsanitary conditions at another El Paso, Texas, Border Patrol facility.
Mike Pence who claims to be a Christian doesn’t seem to be too concerned, as this interview with Jake Tapper shows. This whole Trump administration is criminal. What the U.S.A. is doing is unforgivable. These are children and infants.