Government watchdog warned as far back as May that conditions at an El Paso border station were so bad that border agents were arming themselves against possible riots, according to report prepared by DHS's Inspector General that was obtained by @NBCNews. https://nbcnews.to/2J1tBGW
In the report, inspectors noted during a May 7 tour of a border station in the El Paso sector that only 4 showers were available for 756 immigrants, over half of the immigrants were being held outside, and immigrants inside were being kept in cells maxed at over 5 times capacity.
Border agents remained armed in holding areas because they were worried about the potential for unrest, the report said. http://nbcnews.to/2J1tBGW
A cell meant for a maximum of 35 held 155 adult males with only one toilet and sink. The cell was so crowded the men could not lie down to sleep. Temperatures in the cells reached over 80 degrees, according to the report. http://nbcnews.to/2J1tBGW
Congress passed a bill last week that would increase space at ICE and HHS facilities to alleviate the overcrowding. But the DHS report shows the poor conditions, particularly in the El Paso sector, had been flagged as dangerous by investigators at least as far back as May 16.
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