Children Waited for Extended Periods in Vehicles to Be Reunified with Their Parents at ICE's Port Isabel Detention Center in July 2018   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Document: "We confirmed that children brought to Port Isabel on July 15, 2018 waited extended periods, and in many cases overnight, to be reunited with their parents. On this first day of attempted mass reunifications, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was not prepared to promptly reunify all children who arrived at Port Isabel. ICE and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services had fundamentally different understandings about the timing and pace of reunifications, and ICE personnel at Port Isabel underestimated the resources necessary to promptly out-process the parents of arriving children. As a result, some children waited in vehicles at Port Isabel, while others waited in unused detention cells, though all children were in climate-controlled environments and had continuous access to food, water, and restrooms. As the mass reunifications continued in the following days, ICE personnel responded to processing and space issues, which generally resulted in shorter wait times for children."

Report Number:
Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OIG-20-65
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Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General: https://www.oig.dhs.gov/
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