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Migrant facilities face civil lawsuits over conditions

TUCSON- A new bill that would approve billions of dollars in emergency aid for migrants is on its way to President Trump’s desk. As many people on Capitol Hill work to address the humanitarian crisis, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is working to keep up with the rush of migrants coming in.

A Border Patrol facility in Clint, Texas is causing concern after reports of inhumane conditions and overcrowding.

“It’s not safe and sanitary when children are unable to access soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, proper blankets,” said Maurice Goldman, an immigration attorney said. “And they’re laying on cold floors. That’s not safe.”

Those reported conditions have fueled migrant advocates to file suit.

Another lawsuit that was launched in Tucson is set to go to trial this year. The 2015 complaint alleges Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector held men, women and children in freezing, overcrowded and filthy cells for days at a time.

We reached out to Border Patrol to ask them about the conditions in their facilities now.They sent us the following statement.

“Due to ongoing litigation surrounding Tucson Sector Border Patrol processing facilities, we cannot comment. we can say that we constantly work to provide safety, shelter, and care for all immigrants in our custody from the initial encounter up until they are processed and out of the border patrol custody.”

On Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence weighed in on the issue.

“Those who would advocate open borders, free healthcare for illegal immigrants and making illegal immigration legal are making it easier for human traffickers to mistreat poor and vulnerable families. That is morally wrong and that has got to stop,” Pence said.

President Trump also weighed in on Twitter, saying “now we must work to get rid of the loopholes and fix asylum”.

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