Jun 1, 2019

DHS told to address overcrowding at Border Patrol facilities immediately

This photo shows a view of the new temporary holding facility opened by Customs and Border Protection in El Paso, Texas, on May 2, 2019. - The facility is meant to address the record number of families and children apprehended crossing the US-Mexico border, and has shower, laundry and medical facilities for them. Photo: Paul Ratje/AFP/Getty Images

A government watchdog group told the Department of Homeland Security to immediately resolve "dangerous" overcrowding at Border Patrol facilities in El Paso, Texas, according to a new report.

Why it matters: The Office of the Inspector General said crowded, standing-room-only conditions, specifically at the El Paso Del Norte Processing Center, posed serious health and security risks to both the migrants and officers. Some were held for weeks at a time. The watchdog group gave a target completion date of Nov. 30, 2020 to to follow recommendations and alleviate overcrowding.

By the numbers:

  • A cell with a maximum capacity of 12 held 76 detainees.
  • A cell with a maximum capacity of 8 held 41 detainees.
  • A cell with a maximum capacity of 35 held 155 detainees.
  • Per Border Patrol staff, the total number of detainees on site was approximately 900 as of May 8. The facility’s maximum capacity is 125 detainees.
  • According to Border Patrol’s logs, there were 756 detainees on site as of May 7. 502 detainees (66%) had been held at PDT for more than 72 hours, with 33 detainees (4&) held there for more than 2 weeks.

What they're saying: Inspector General John V. Kelly notes that while Immigration and Customs Enforcement has the structure to properly transfer some of these detainees, they are also strained at present. The limited space makes it difficult to separate sick detainees as well — possibly leading to the spread of illness, disease and infection such as chicken pox, scabies and influenza.

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Major League Soccer embarks on its 25th season

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As Major League Soccer begins its 25th season, the league is financially stable and surging in popularity, and its 26 teams have gorgeous facilities and rapidly increasing valuations.

  • It also continues to expand, with David Beckham's Inter Miami and Nashville SC set to debut this season as the 25th and 26th teams. Plans are in place to reach 30 franchises by 2022 — triple the number from 2004.

Wall Street opens with 2% drop as coronavirus correction worsens

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The stock market opened 2% lower on Friday morning, pushing stocks further into correction territory.

Why it matters: It continues the ugly stretch for Wall Street that began after a spike in coronavirus cases around the world. The S&P is 12% below its recent peak, edging closer to the mark that would technically end the market’s decade-long rally.

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Coronavirus updates: First case in sub-Saharan Africa confirmed

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

Nigeria confirmed its first novel coronavirus case in an Italian who flew to Lagos from Milan — the first known case in sub-Saharan Africa. The World Health Organization has been working to prepare Africa's health care systems to be ready for the outbreak, which is now also confirmed in Algeria and Egypt.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,850 people and infected over 83,700 others in some 50 countries and territories. The novel coronavirus is now affecting every continent but Antarctica, and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

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