Au­di­tor says de­ten­tion fa­cil­i­ties hu­mane

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Stephen Dinan

The fa­cil­i­ties Home­land Se­cu­rity uses to de­tain il­le­gal im­mi­grant fam­i­lies are ac­tu­ally clean, well-run and meet the gov­ern­ment’s stan­dards, the in­spec­tor gen­eral said in a new re­port Wed­nes­day that con­tra­dicts the com­plaints filed by im­mi­grant-rights ad­vo­cates.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors said they made unan­nounced spot vis­its last year to three U.S. Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment fa­cil­i­ties that de­tain fam­i­lies, and, while they spot­ted some prob­lems with se­cu­rity and pre­vent­ing in­tru­sions, they did not see prob­lems with the treat­ment of il­le­gal im­mi­grants them­selves.

“The fa­cil­i­ties were clean, well-or­ga­nized, and ef­fi­ciently run,” In­spec­tor Gen­eral John Roth said. “Based on our ob­ser­va­tions, in­ter­views, and doc­u­ment re­views, we con­cluded that, at all three fa­cil­i­ties, ICE was sat­is­fac­to­rily ad­dress­ing the in­her­ent chal­lenges of pro­vid­ing med­i­cal care and lan­guage ser­vices and en­sur­ing the safety of fam­i­lies in de­ten­tion.”

In­ves­ti­ga­tors didn’t have any rec­om­men­da­tions for changes.

The fa­cil­i­ties have long been con­tro­ver­sial, but have come un­der even more scru­tiny with the mas­sive in­flux of il­le­gal-im­mi­grant chil­dren and fam­i­lies from Cen­tral Amer­ica who poured across the U.S.-Mex­ico bor­der, flee­ing rough con­di­tions at home and seek­ing to take ad­van­tage of lax en­force­ment un­der Pres­i­dent Obama.

Ad­vo­cates said the fam­i­lies were be­ing mal­treated, and said any de­ten­tion at all of fam­i­lies is in­hu­mane.

In the new re­port, in­ves­ti­ga­tors de­tailed well-run fa­cil­i­ties that look more like schools and dor­mi­to­ries than pris­ons.

Detainees are given med­i­cal care, in­for­ma­tion is pro­vided in English, Span­ish and even Quiché, an in­dige­nous Cen­tral Amer­i­can lan­guage spo­ken by some of the new ar­rivals.

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