Detainees at border deserve better


The Hill reports on legislation that would require the DHS to develop a set of minimum standards to ensure detainee access to food, water, bathrooms and beds, and accommodations for pregnant women and individuals with medical needs or disabilities.  The following is a excerpt from a December 13th article discussing how detainees are often denied basic human rights.

Detainees, both illegal immigrants and U.S. citizens, have reportedly been denied food, medication and the use of toilets, and have seen legal documents and identification confiscated or destroyed, Boxer said.

“No human being held by United States authorities should ever be exposed to hunger, extreme temperatures, physical or verbal abuse, or denial of medical care,” Boxer said.
The CBP has already drafted detention standards for people in short-term custody, but Boxer said there is evidence they are not consistently followed.