Tag: Congress

The Trump Administration’s Mistreatment of Detained Immigrants: Deaths and Deficient Medical Care by For-Profit Detention Contractors

September 24, 2020

Published by the House Oversight Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties on September 24, 2020.

A 14-month investigation by House committee staff finds poor conditions and urgent health risks for migrants in ICE’s network of privatized detention centers. (Link at oversight.house.gov)

Tags: Congress, Detention, ICE, Organizational Culture, Oversight, Public Health

Decision: U.S. Customs and Border Protection—Obligations of Amounts Appropriated in the 2019 Emergency Supplemental

June 11, 2020

Published by the U.S. Government Accountability Office on June 11, 2020.

GAO finds that CBP failed to spend emergency funds for detained migrants’ consumables, medical care, and humane processing as Congress intended, instead devoting the money to items like boats, dirt bikes, and office upgrades. (Link at gao.gov)

Tags: Budget, Congress, Detention, Institutional Culture

January 14, 2020

January 14, 2020
  • The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations holds a hearing to examine the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts to prevent child deaths in custody. Six migrant children died in government custody between September 2018 and May 2019, the first such deaths in a decade. The hearing focused on Carlos Hernandez Vasquez, a 16-year-old Guatemalan migrant, who died of the flu on May 20, 2019. Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) says DHS has “consistently failed to maintain transparency by stymieing congressional inquiries… concerns that they are hiding serious issues with management.”

Tags: Congress, Human Rights, Organizational Culture, Unaccompanied Children