A new report from the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General shows that after completing surprise visits to three key ICE family detention centers they could find nothing wrong with the facilities or how they were managed. The detention centers have come under fire from groups claiming that illegal aliens are being mistreated while they wait for their deportation hearings.
The IG revealed in the report that they had conducted surprised visits to three major ICE detention centers in July 2016. They investigated two in Texas, the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley and the Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes, and the Berks Family Residential Center in Leesport, Pa.
“During these inspections, nothing came to our attention that warranted serious concerns about the health, safety, or welfare of the detained families. Specifically, we did not observe any conditions or actions that represented an immediate, unaddressed risk or an egregious violation of ICE's Family Residential Standards,” Inspector General John Roth wrote about the report.
One of the key observations of the report stated, “In addition to compliance with the Family Residential Standards, we evaluated ICE and contract staff’s familiarity with reporting procedures for allegations of sexual abuse or assault and child abuse, as well as complaints and grievances; the general operability of the facilities’ surveillance cameras; and perimeter security. Based on our observations, interviews, and reviews of hard copy and electronic documents, we concluded that ICE had a reasonable approach to addressing the challenges inherent to managing family detention.”
Pres. Trump’s Jan. 25 border security executive order allowed DHS to immediately allocate funds and resources to build additional detention centers as needed.
Read more at The Washington Examiner.
Updated: Wed, Jul 5th 2017 @ 11:05am EDT