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Migrant Detainees Fed Bologna Sandwiches Every Day For Weeks ‘Required Medical Attention’: Govt Report

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Migrant Detainees Fed Bologna Sandwiches Every Day For Weeks ‘Required Medical Attention’: Govt Report





Some migrant detainees became extremely sick after being fed a steady diet of bologna sandwiches for weeks on end, according to a new bombshell report by DHS’s Office of Inspector General titled, “Dangerous Overcrowding and Prolonged Detention of Children and Adults in the Rio Grande Valley.”

At two facilities, children and families did not have hot meals until the week the inspectors arrived.

“We observed that two facilities had not provided children access to hot meals – as is required by the TEDS standards – until the week we arrived. Instead, the children were fed sandwiches and snacks for their meals.”

The inspectors documented that detainees had been fed bologna sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for weeks and became sick.

“Further, although TEDS standards require agents to remain cognizant of detainees’ religious and other dietary restrictions, many single adults had been receiving only bologna sandwiches. Some detainees on this diet were becoming constipated and required medical attention.”

Acting Inspector General Jennifer Costello urged DHS in a letter to take “immediate attention and action” to “alleviate dangerous overcrowding and prolonged detention of children and adults in the Rio Grande Valley.”



The DHS watchdogs visited five Border Patrol facilities and two ports of entry in the Rio Grande Valley in the week of June 10th and found over 8,000 detainees crammed into cells for days at a time. Some men had been held in “standing room only” conditions for days at a time.

According to the report:

“Although TEDS standards require CBP to make a reasonable effort to provide a shower for adults after 72 hours, most single adults had not had a shower in CBP custody despite several being held for as long as a month. At some facilities, Border Patrol was giving detainees wet-wipes to maintain personal hygiene. Most single adult detainees were wearing the clothes they arrived in days, weeks, and even up to a month prior.”

At two facilities, children and families did not have hot meals until the week the inspectors arrived. The inspectors documented that detainees had been fed bologna sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for weeks and became sick.

“Further, although TEDS standards require agents to remain cognizant of detainees’ religious and other dietary restrictions, many single adults had been receiving only bologna sandwiches. Some detainees on this diet were becoming constipated and required medical attention.”

The inspectors found that children were being held for long periods of time. The data showed that 826 of the 2,669 children held at the border facilities were in custody longer than the 72 hours mandated by court orders

At the centralized processing center in McAllen, Texas, 165 unaccompanied children had been in detention for longer than a week as they waited to be sent to shelters that care for immigrant kids. More than 50 of them were younger than 7 years old, and some of them had waited more than two weeks in border facilities.





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