A federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to allow medical professionals into detention facilities holding migrant children to ensure the conditions are “safe and sanitary,” CNN reported Sunday.
U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee ordered that health professionals be allowed into U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities to inspect the conditions inside and to assess the children’s medical needs.
The order pertains to all of CBP’s facilities in the El Paso and Rio Grande Valley sectors, which are currently the subject of a lawsuit regarding the 1997 Flores Agreement and reports of unsafe and reported unsanitary conditions at detention centers.
Last week prosecutors asked the court to hold the Trump administration in contempt and take immediate action to remedy unsafe conditions at border facilities they said threatened the wellbeing of children.
“The children, including infants and expectant mothers, are dirty, cold, hungry and sleep-deprived,” prosecutors said, referring to conditions at detention centers including one in Clint, Texas.
Gee ruled late Friday that an independent monitor must ensure conditions in detention centers are promptly addressed by a July 12 deadline.
The New Yorker reported last week:
Hundreds of immigrant children who have been separated from their parents or family members are being held in dirty, neglectful, and dangerous conditions at Border Patrol facilities in Texas. This week, a team of lawyers interviewed more than fifty children at one of those facilities, in Clint, Texas, in order to monitor government compliance with the Flores settlement, which mandates that children must be held in safe and sanitary conditions and moved out of Border Patrol custody without unnecessary delays. The conditions the lawyers found were shocking: flu and lice outbreaks were going untreated, and children were filthy, sleeping on cold floors, and taking care of each other because of the lack of attention from guards. Some of them had been in the facility for weeks.