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Government inspectors perform overcrowding at the US border station



WASHINGTON, July 1 (Reuters) – US government inspectors inspecting a border station in El Paso, Texas, reported poor conditions for migrants, including overcrowding and poor sanitation conditions. NBC News reported Monday, citing the Department of Homeland Security documents.

The Department's internal watchdog, on a visit on May 7, found that more than half of the 756 immigrants detained in the facility were inside and five in the inside, in cells with five times the capacity were detained.

Cells were so crowded – 155 adult men in a closed area to hold 35 people – that the men could not lie down and temperatures rose to over 27 degrees Celsius, the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security found According to internal report NBC said.

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The newborn Alvin Reyes sleeps next to his mother Hondu The 21-year-old migrant Erly Marcial was born on 13 November 2018 in hospital in Puebla, Mexico.

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6-year-old Honduran immigrant Maria Reyes watches over her father Alvin Reyes and her mother, Erly Marcial, who is eight months pregnant, and her brother David, 2, after her on November 6, 2018 in Tapanatepec, Mexico, who spent the night with other migrants.

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Honduran migrant Alvin Reyes, 39, touches his newborn son Alvin alongside his wife Erly Marcial, 21, at a hospital in Puebla, Mexico, on November 13, 2018.

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Honduran immigrant Erly Marcial, 21, organizes her belongings alongside her husband Alvin Reyes (39) and their sons David (2) and the newborn Alvin in the dormitory of a church in which they were born December 2018 in Tijuana (Mexico). =

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Eighth-month pregnant Honduran immigrant Erly Marcial, 21, takes a bath in the river w With her son David, 2, in Tapanatepec, Mexico, on November 6, 2018.

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Eighth-month pregnant Honduran immigrant Erly Marcial, 21, lies on cardboard while she stays with her family and migrant colleagues in Tapanatepec, Mexico, November 6, 2018.

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The Honduran immigrant Erly Marcial (21) carries her newborn son Alvin with her children Maria (6) and David (2). while her husband Alvin Reyes buys bus tickets to Mexico City on November 13, 2018 at a bus stop in Puebla, Mexico.

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Honduran migrants Erly Marcial, 21, and Alvin Reyes, 39, receive the Mexican birth certificate for their newborn son Alvin on November 13, 2018 in Puebla, Mexico.

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Eight months pregnant Honduran immigrant Erly Marcial, 21, plays with her daughter Maria, 6, in the river in Tapanatepec, Mexico, November 6, 2018.

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The Honduran migrant Alvin Reyes, 39, talks to doctors about the condition of his wife Erly Marcial, 21, who is eight months pregnant, at a hospital in Puebla, Mexico, November 12, 2018.

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Eighth-month pregnant Honduran immigrant Erly Marcial, 21, takes a bath in the river next to her son David, 2, while visiting other migrants in Tapanatepec, Mexico, on November 6, 2018 remains. [19659009] (REUTERS / Carlos Garcia Rawlins)

Eighth-month pregnant Honduran immigrant Erly Marcial, 21, is hospitalized on a stretcher in Puebla, Mexico on November 11, 2018.

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Eight-month-old pregnant Honduran immigrant Erly Marcial (21) and her husband Alvin Reyes (39) board a Santo Domingo Ingenio (Mexico) (8 November 2018) truck as they make their way to the US.

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Eight months pregnant Honduran immigrant Erly Marcial, 21, is resting w fellow migrants on the road between Tapanatepec and Santo Domingo Ingenio near Tapanatepec, Mexico, November 7, 2018. [19659009] (REUTERS / Carlos Garcia Rawlins)

Eight months old pregnant Honduran immigrant Erly Marcial, 21, walks with her husband Alvin Reyes, 39, with his children David, 2, and Maria, 6, on the road between Tapanatepec and Santo Domingo Ingenio, near Tapanatepec, Mexico, November 7, 2018.

(REUTERS / Carlos Garcia Rawlins) [19659038] The Honduran immigrant Alvin Reyes, 39, visits his wife Erly Marcial, 21, who is eight months pregnant , in a hospital in Puebla, Mexico, on November 12, 2018.

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Honduran 39-year-old migrant Alvin Reyes hugs his 2-year-old son David next to his 6-year-old daughter Maria before the Police station in Pijijiapan, Mexico, on November 4, 2018.

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A man jogs near the border wall between Mexico and the US, in Tijuana, Mexico, December 10, 2018.

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According to the report, there were only four unnamed showers in the facility.

was obtained from the charitable MuckRock on request of the Freedom of Information Act.

Conditions in US migrants' facilities have become a hot topic in recent weeks after lawyers raised the alarm last month about poor conditions for children in another facility near El Paso, Texas, had triggered. Later, US officials resettled nearly 250 adolescent migrants.

At a press conference on Friday, Acting Minister of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan denied the lawyers' allegations and defended operations at the facility in Clint, Texas, about 40 km south of El Paso.

US Legislators issued $ 4.6 billion last week to help combat the migration wave on the US-Mexico border as a wave of Central Americans reaches the United States.

Liberal Democrats in the US House of Representatives had pushed for the law to put in place additional safeguards for migrant children, but the bill was eventually passed without them.

President Donald Trump has made the crackdown on illegal immigration a cornerstone of his administration, but US officials have stated that the number of migrants on the southern border has worsened again.

Representatives of the Ministry of Internal Security could not be reached immediately for an opinion. According to the news agency, the department did not respond to NBC's request for comment.

(Writing by Susan Heavey, Editing by Jonathan Oatis)


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