As of recent times, more and more immigrants are entering the United States, but migrant centers are at full capacity leading to the transportation of these immigrants from facility to facility, and even state to state. Those who are present at the overflowing migrant centers experience terrible conditions such as overcrowding, cold temperatures, inadequate medical care, and even tragic deaths as a result of diseases and other causes.
According to an internal watchdog assessment from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, migrants were being detained in overcrowded temporary holding facilities along the border in the Del Rio area for a number of days that exceeded the legal limit. They remained in these facilities with dreadful conditions for over seventy-two hours meanwhile the legal limit is forty-eight hours. Immigration detention facilities managed by CBP, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families have received frequent visits from members of Congress, government inspectors, and other officials (ACF) expressing their disapproval of the horrid environments these migrants are kept in.
The fact that human beings are being held in such horrible conditions is very disappointing. In addition to overstays and congestion, the inspector general’s report discovered that some adult and young migrants held in detention received wet wipes instead of being given the opportunity to shower. Meanwhile, officials were misreporting that refugees had taken a shower when they had not in their data management system to make it seem like the conditions being faced by the immigrants at these migrant centers were at least decent.It is imperative that the issues throughout these overcrowded migrant centers are resolved immediately.