First, it was a delegation of lawmakers. Now it's government investigators sounding the alarm over poor conditions in migrant detention centers along the border with Mexico. The DHS inspector general says immediate action is needed, citing "dangerous overcrowding" in Rio Grande Valley facilities.
Graphic photos taken at one facility show nearly 90 men being held in a cell with a maximum capacity of 41. One man held up a handwritten sign that said "HELP.40 DAY HERE." The report documents IG visits to five border Patrol stations in southern Texas last month.
Meanwhile, a federal judge is blocking Attorney General Bill Barr's decision that asylum seekers can be detained indefinitely. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman has ruled that it's unconstitutional to deny asylum seekers a bond hearing while they wait for their claims to be heard. Barr's order said that such illegal aliens were ineligible for bond. Several immigration groups challenged Barr's decision on behalf of asylum seekers.