Customs and Border Protection’s migrant detention facilities aren’t meeting minimum hygiene, nutrition and shelter standards. This is making detainees sick — and in 10 cases so far, has led to death. By setting standards for CBP facilities, this bill would help ensure migrants’ physical and mental health.
Customs and Border Protection already has its own guidelines that set standards for its facilities and the best way to improve conditions is to ensure compliance with existing standards, rather than increasing standards for an already heavily burdened agency. Most CBP agents do all they can, but the immigration system is simply overwhelmed.