How much does freedom cost? For immigrants detained in the U.S. it can be as low as $1,500 or as high as $80,000.
The public backlash to the Trump administration separating immigrant parents from their children at the border continues, with criticism from advocates and politicians, including the four living former first ladies, who separately condemned it as “cruel” and “immoral.”
The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General, an independent watchdog, released a report Tuesday detailing “dangerous overcrowding and prolonged detention of children and adults” in migrant centers along the southern border.
‘The challenge of how to humanely house and process undocumented immigrants, particularly unaccompanied children and children separated from their parents, is not new.’
“At these facilities, children had limited access to a change of clothes; Border Patrol had few spare clothes and no laundry facilities,” the report said. The inspectors also observed that two facilities had not provided children access to hot meals until the week they arrived.
“At one facility, some single adults were held in standing room only conditions for a week and at another, some single adults were held more than a month in overcrowded cells,” the report said, noting “serious overcrowding and prolonged detention among adult detainees.”
On Tuesday, a federal judge in Seattle ruled that asylum-seeking migrants who have been detained for entering the country illegally may have bond hearing in immigration court in an attempt to post bail, rather than be held indefinitely until their case comes up.