Here's that memo. pogo.org/document/2018/…
More info here: womensrefugeecommission.org/rights/resourc…
But complaints go far beyond just temperature and lack of water and food—lack of medical care, overcrowding, and bad conduct too.
He says "we are facing an unprecedented crisis at the border."
As many have pointed out, border numbers always drop in the summer.
That's a bit disingenuous; after parents LEFT criminal custody, they WEREN'T reunited with their children.
Worth noting the advocacy community STRONGLY disagreed with Obama.
But that's because detention caused many to give up early. Cases of those who applied for asylum took months or years.
This is a terrible idea. cmsny.org/publications/h…
Respectfully, that's a ridiculous claim. CFIs take hours and hours, which would divert Border Patrol even more from core duties.
He asks @DHSMcAleenan why that happened.
McAleenan repeats his previous testimony on grounds for separations.
McAleenan says DHS is using half of the money to build new facilities.
@CongressmanRaja asks if any of that money will go to ICE beds. McAleenan admits Congress did not appropriate funds for that.
McAleenan cites in response both President's Jan 25, 2017 EO ending most prosecutorial discretion, and Sessions Zero Tolerance memo.
McAleenan says "What I'm trying to emphasize is the impact it has on adults waiting at the border."
Waiting? They're locked up! DHS can release them at any point!
But CBP is releasing most families BEFORE they can go through the border asylum process, which means of course number are going down.
She is right. If the police arrested a serial killer, the serial killer would be treated better than people held for 40 days without a shower.
Again, release is an option! CBP is 100% legally able to release people instead of holding them in illegal an inhumane conditions.
Many agree this should be changed.
As I've said time and time again, ICE is massively overspending its resources already and has blatantly ignored Congressional spending instructions in the past.
Someone should ask him what the term "tonc" means.
Hint: It's a Border Patrol term for immigrants, which is from the sound a flashlight makes hitting someone on the head.
McAleenan says bluntly that it has not. Wow. I couldn't disagree more.
"The fact that both aliens and the Border Patrol reported that metering leads to increased
illegal border crossings strongly suggests a relationship between the two."
He says that 115 were ordered removed but didn't leave. But this is deeeply wrong; Trump ended FCMP in June 2017, BEFORE almost any were ordered deported.
The program was proven to work. It was killed years early for what sources suggest was political reasons alone.
Now, years after FCMP was killed, McAleenan is blaming it for people NO LONGER IN THE PROGRAM for not leaving.
McAleenan says border policies are "overseen by multiple layers of oversight."
But our reports show that CBP has a massive accountability problem.
McAleenan's suggestion that CBP oversight works is... not supported.
McAleenan agrees with first point but disputes second, saying those stats may not be true after 2019.
McAleenan says it's largely economic differences btwn Mexico & Guatemala.
Gomez: That was my point, it's not just a single "magnet," it's more complicated.
As with previous hearings, my impression of McAleenan is that he's a serious policy wonk (not an idealogue), but has massive (or willful) blind-spots towards his own agency's failures.
It's just not so. It really isn't.