As the United States prepared to celebrate its independence day holiday, Sen.
The inspectors quote one unnamed senior manager calling the situation a "ticking time bomb". The document includes pictures of people behind chain-link fencing and other barriers.
In one photo, one of 88 men in a cell meant for 41 presses a piece of cardboard against the window, with the word "help". The OIG issued a blistering report raising concerns that overcrowding and prolonged detention represent an immediate risk to DHS agents and detainees. The Department of Homeland Security confirmed in a statement last Thursday that Mark Morgan, who was named acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement last month, will take over.
"Everybody who has control over that facility, or control for the Border Patrol, has said that's not true, they've not heard of this", Ms Conway said.
According to the report, "At one facility, some single adults were held in standing room only conditions for a week".
The acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan strongly criticized the reports and said he had launched an immediate investigation into the Facebook group.
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Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Calif.), who joined the Democratic delegation for the Texas trip, said Tuesday on CNN that she "certainly did not feel safe" while touring the detention center. The group, called "I'm 10-15" (after the Border Patrol code for "aliens in custody") was formed in 2016 and contains about 9,500 members.
On Tuesday, National Border Patrol Council vice president Art Del Cueto, in an interview on KFYI's James T. Harris radio show, said Ocasio-Cortez's comments were "upsetting". "If he dies, he dies". "Have y'all ever seen floaters this clean", the member apparently wrote.
The Border Patrol chief has called the posts "completely inappropriate".
Other alleged remarks included plans to throw burritos at Hispanic members of Congress and describing female members in sexist, profane language.
Ocasio-Cortez was one of several congressional delegates to visit two detention centers-one in El Paso and another in Clint, Texas.
"How on Earth can CPB's culture be trusted to care for refugees humanely?" Ocasio-Cortez said in a tweet that Customs and Border Protection "did a lot of "cleaning up' before we arrived".
Government divers on Wednesday were searching for the latest possible casualty, after a mother from the Caribbean nation of Haiti was apprehended by border patrol on the USA side of the border this week and told agents her daughter had been lost to the powerful river currents as they crossed together near the Texas town of Del Rio.
She also said any employees found to be a part of the group will be held accountable.