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July 02, 2019

Thompson Statement on Rio Grande Valley CBP Facility Overcrowding and Prolonged Detention

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) management alert on dangerous overcrowding and prolonged detention of children and adults in the Rio Grande Valley at Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities:

"This report shows that DHS is not making progress to address the humanitarian crisis at the border that the Administration has played a central part in creating.  DHS is still holding migrants - including families and children - in dangerous and unsanitary conditions. These facilities are clearly inhumane. Migrants should not be forced to live in standing room only facilities without access to showers for weeks because DHS cannot leverage its resources effectively.  We can and must do better – we need immigration policies that are humane and reflect our core American values.  DHS must utilize alternatives to mass indefinite detention programs." 

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