'Dangerous overcrowding' reported at Texas Border Control facility

Posted at 5:49 PM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-02 18:49:43-04

MCALLEN, Tx — The office of the Inspector General released a report Tuesday identifying poor conditions at Border Patrol stations in Texas.

The report includes graphic photos showing extreme overcrowding.

Investigators for the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General toured five border patrol facilities and two ports of entry in the Rio Grande Valley sector during the week of June 10th. hey published a report as a "management alert" to the department on Tuesday.

The report found that children at migrant facilities in the Rio Grande Valley didn't have access to showers and had to sleep on concrete floors. One senior manager at a facility called the situation a "ticking time bomb," according to the report.

The Rio Grande Valley of Texas has the highest volume of immigrants along the United States-Mexico border.

At the time of the visits by investigators, Border Patrol was holding 8,000 detainees in custody, with 3, 400 being held longer than the 72-hour limit.