Southwest Border: CBP Should Improve Oversight of Funds, Medical Care, and Reporting of Deaths, Statement of Rebecca Gambler, Director, Homeland Security and Justice and Mary Denigan-Macauley, Director, Health Care, Testimony Before the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives   [open pdf - 172KB]

From the Document: "Beginning in fall 2018, the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) CBP [Customs and Border Protection] experienced a significant increase in the number of individuals apprehended at or between U.S. ports of entry along the southwest border, resulting in overcrowding and difficult humanitarian conditions in its facilities. From December 2018 through May 2019, three children--ages 7, 8, and 16--died in CBP custody, prompting questions about CBP's medical screening and care of those in its custody. In July 2019, an emergency supplemental appropriations act (2019 Emergency Supplemental) was enacted, providing additional funds to CBP to respond to the significant increase in southwest border apprehensions, including approximately $112 million for 'consumables and medical care.' [...] Our remarks are based on our report, released today, entitled 'Southwest Border: CBP Needs to Increase Oversight of Funds, Medical Care, and Reporting of Deaths.' Specifically, we will summarize the report's key findings on (1) the extent to which CBP obligated and conducted oversight of funds for consumables and medical care; (2) steps CBP took to enhance medical care; (3) the extent to which CBP implemented and oversaw its medical care efforts; and (4) the extent to which CBP has reliable information on, and reported, deaths, serious injuries, and suicide attempts of individuals in custody."

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