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Cardin, fellow Democrats voice concerns with conditions at the border

July 27th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), along with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, and nearly a dozen colleagues released a new a letter they sent to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan today outlining serious concerns regarding the conditions at the southern border that the Trump administration’s policies have exacerbated, and demand the administration immediately answer and remedy several issues that the Senators observed on their recent trip to the Rio Grande Valley.


In the letter, the Senators note that the Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently found that the detention conditions in CBP facilities are not in compliance with the Flores agreement or Transport, Escort, Detention, and Search (TEDS) standards, and “represent an immediate risk to the health and safety of DHS agents and officers, and to those detained.” The letter outlines the Senators’ expectations, specifically the responsibility to ensure that all women, men, and children in the custody of the United States government are treated humanely.


The Senators requested for the administration to provide immediate answers to issues that have been reported and witnessed firsthand at the Donna Holding Facility, McAllen Border Patrol Station, and Ursula Centralized Processing Center including, migrants not being able to communicate with family members while in custody, migrants not being able to engage in basic hygiene, migrants reporting sexual abuse or mistreatment, migrant children not getting enough food to eat, and migrants receiving Notices to Appear that were only in English. The Senators also demanded answers to the lack of child care or child welfare professionals at the detention facilities they visited, as well as details regarding the medical screening process for detained children. Importantly, the Senators highlighted the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center’s model for processing children and families.

4 Responses to “Cardin, fellow Democrats voice concerns with conditions at the border”

  1. July 27, 2019 at 8:00 am, Roger said:

    This is a manufactured crisis. These very same people said so just a few weeks ago. Cardin and Schumer were instrumental in creating this problem.


  2. July 27, 2019 at 10:19 am, Hank said:

    Secure the border fools. Take care of our veterans.


  3. July 27, 2019 at 10:43 am, Kathy said:

    The Democrats don’t really care about illegal’s it’s just a talking point. If they really cared about humans, why don’t they worry about the homeless, drugs, gang’s and a number of other things. So don’t let them fool ya.
    Vote Trump


    • July 28, 2019 at 10:03 am, Jay said:

      You are entitled to your views but most Americans don’t agree with you. I’m sure you wouldn’t agree with anything in this editorial but I think it’s worth contemplating what highly intelligent writers and analysts have to say.

      While we would not sink to name-calling in the Trumpian manner — or ruefully point out that he failed to spell the congressman’s name correctly (it’s Cummings, not Cumming) — we would tell the most dishonest man to ever occupy the Oval Office, the mocker of war heroes, the gleeful grabber of women’s private parts, the serial bankrupter of businesses, the useful idiot of Vladimir Putin and the guy who insisted there are “good people” among murderous neo-Nazis that he’s still not fooling most Americans into believing he’s even slightly competent in his current post. Or that he possesses a scintilla of integrity. Better to have some vermin living in your neighborhood than to be one.


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