“The open spaces designed for walking, lettura, or play are also fully occupied by mats. The showers designed for an occupancy of 1,000 are occupied all day, with some children reporting that they did not receive showers for days at a time. Recreation time is attempted during the time individual pods are being cleaned, but the length of time and supervision of the minors varies significantly depending upon the census,” afferma il rapporto.
Supplies of water, fruit, snacks, diapers, infant formula and other food was determined to be adequate by the monitors.
The observations in the court filings are based on visits made by Wise to Border Patrol facilities in the Rio Grande Valley between March 7 e 9, including to the CBP Donna processing center and Border Patrol stations receiving families with young children and unaccompanied migrant children.
Between December 2020 and February 2021, Customs and Border Protection saw a 337% increase in the number of encounters with families, according to the court filing. During that same time period, the number of unaccompanied minors encountered by CBP increased by 89%.
After much scrutiny, the Biden administration allowed one pool news camera inside Donna processing facility and a ride along with Border Patrol agents last week. The video captured inside showed children held in overcrowded pods divided by clear plastic sheeting.
CBP did not respond to a CNN request for comment about the court filing.
The monitors noted that ORR’s ability to receive unaccompanied children from CBP facilities had been “far too limited to accommodate the rising number” of unaccompanied minors apprehended at the border.
La settimana scorsa, US Health and Human Services spokesman Ken Wolfe said in a statement to CNN that it “aggressively works with its interagency partners to ensure unaccompanied children are safe and unified with family members or other suitable sponsors as quickly as possible.”
Wise visited the ORR sites housing migrant children in Midland, Texas, a marzo 18 and the Dallas Convention center on March 19. The Midland site has received several dozen minors who tested positive for Covid-19 and they were placed in segregated rooms, the monitors said.
The court-appointed monitors recommended, tra le altre cose, a more “robust system of interagency coordination” e “adequate professional case management services onsite at Emergency Intake Sites to facilitate rapid reunification with family or sponsors.”