A federal judge has ordered the Customs and Border Protection Agency to allow health experts to evaluate conditions in migrant detention centers. The detention centers include the El Paso and Rio Grande Valley sectors.
Last week, lawyers asked US District Judge Dolly Gee to hold President Donald Trump’s administration in contempt and order immediate improvements at the facilities. The lawyers are part of a team of doctors and advocates that warned last week of what they said were major health and hygiene problems at Customs and Border Protection facilities in Texas following visits to the facilities.
“Children are held for weeks in deplorable conditions, without access to soap, clean water, showers, clean clothing, toilets, toothbrushes, adequate nutrition or adequate sleep. The children, including infants and expectant mothers, are dirty, cold, hungry and sleep-deprived,” the court filing said.
The California judge issued her ruling on Friday, despite Attorney General Bill Barr’s request to set a date for a full briefing on the charges lodged against the government. Gee issued a deadline of July 12 to “file a joint status report regarding their mediation efforts and what has been done to address post haste the conditions described.”
Prosecutors alleged that “the children, including infants and expectant mothers, are dirty, cold, hungry and sleep-deprived.” While filing lawsuits against he administration, the Democrats have consistently denied there was any kind of crisis at the border.
Congressman Chip Roy (R-TX) responded to criticism from Democrat pundit Jennifer Rubin about the treatment of children at the border who she claimed were “hostages” of the Republicans.
The entire Democrat strategy was to hold children hostage – as they literally denied the existence of the crisis for months, and you full well know it. The only problem with yesterday’s vote was that it won’t actually stop the crisis! #EndBorderCrisisNow https://t.co/MHxoOY7b20
— Chip Roy (@chiproytx) June 28, 2019
Rubin’s remarks followed a vote in the House of Representatives for emergency funding they had been rejecting for months (81 times). The bill was finally brought to the House almost two months after President Trump made the request for funding.
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