These pictures of overcrowded Border Patrol facilities are downright horrifying

The Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released new pictures Tuesday of Border Patrol facilities in Texas where migrants are being detained. They are more horrifying even than one might have imagined. One senior manager reportedly called the heinous conditions a “ticking time bomb.” At an El Paso border station, some agents have reportedly been arming themselves in case riots occur due to the abhorrent treatment of the migrants. 

The newly released IG report on the facilities is titled, “Management Alert—DHS Needs to Address Dangerous Overcrowding and Prolonged Detention of Children and Adults in the Rio Grande Valley.”

In one picture of the Border Patrol’s Weslaco, Texas, station, migrant women and children are squeezed together side by side on the floor as they try to sleep, some of them wearing medical masks in an effort to keep from getting sick. In another photo from the agency’s McAllen, Texas, station, migrant men and some children are so tightly packed into a cage that most of them barely have enough room to sit. Any way you look at it, this is entirely cruel and inhumane treatment. It’s your government—the Trump administration—at work.

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BREAKING: Office of the Inspector General releases new pictures of overcrowding at Border Patrol Facilities in TX. One senior manager calling this a “ticking time bomb.” #Immigration #ICE @NBCNews pic.twitter.com/bQdde1LYmB

— Gadi Schwartz (@GadiNBC) July 2, 2019

Rep. Joaquin Castro posted this video following his visit to an El Paso border station.

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This moment captures what it’s like for women in CBP custody to share a cramped cell—some held for 50 days—for them to be denied showers for up to 15 days and life-saving medication. For some, it also means being separated from their children. This is El Paso Border Station #1. pic.twitter.com/OmCAlGxDt8

— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) July 1, 2019

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CBS News obtains a copy of NEW OIG report – Investigators visited 5 #RGV detention facilities.“Senior managers at several facilities raised security concerns for their agents and the detainees. For example, one called the situation “a ticking time bomb.”@CBSNews #Immigration pic.twitter.com/c7zgWDRm3k

— Mireya Villarreal (@cbsmireya) July 2, 2019

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88 men in a cell with a capacity of 41. In this photograph dated 6/12/19 a man holds a sign with what appear to be the words: HELP 40 day here #ICE pic.twitter.com/4YxOLEFn88

— Gadi Schwartz (@GadiNBC) July 2, 2019

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Lot to unpack in these photographs dated 6/10/19 at the Border Patrol Station in McAllen TX. In this picture small children are being detained with a large group of what appears to be mostly men. #ICE pic.twitter.com/R6Vp4J9SGs

— Gadi Schwartz (@GadiNBC) July 2, 2019

Source: dailykos