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General News    H3'ed 7/2/19

El Paso border facility had conditions so awful the agents feared an uprising

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The DHS watchdog said conditions in one El Paso border patrol facility “were so bad that border agents were arming themselves against possible riots,” NBC reported. There were four showers for 756 immigrants. There were 155 men in a cell with a maximum capacity of 35, with one toilet and one sink and no room to lie down to sleep. Disease, lice, and scabies were rampant. Migrants are supposed to be held at border stations for a maximum of 72 hours, but two-thirds of the people at this facility had been there for longer. “The current situation where immigrants are simply giving themselves up to the border patrol is causing low morale and high anxiety. They are seeing more drinking, domestic violence and financial problems among their agents.'

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