Government response to humanitarian crisis is shameful and immoral

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Is our government so broken that it cannot protect children in its custody? Will Congress and the President leave for their summer vacation while the situation at detention centers on our southern border worsens?

Even the government itself recognizes the problems of detaining large numbers of immigrant children and families in facilities that cannot care for them. A Management Alert from Acting Inspector General Jennifer Costello to Kevin McAleenan, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) states, “DHS needs to address dangerous overcrowding and prolonged detention of children and adults in the Rio Grande Valley.” The alert also says, “We encourage the DHS to take immediate steps.” Costello posted the alert to Congress and to the public at

The law requires that minors be kept no longer than 72 hours but inspectors from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found that nearly a third of the children in custody in five facilities in south Texas had been held for more than 72 hours. They found overcrowding, inadequate food and water, and no access to showers.



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