What a Lawyer Saw at Border Detention Centers

No running water. Violently ill children. A premature baby wrapped in a filthy towel. Here are five alarming conditions witnessed by an immigration lawyer at a detention center on the southern border.

Attorney Describes Horrifying Conditions Inside Detention Center

5 alarming conditions that pushed Attorney Toby Gialluca to speak out after she visited the Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, Texas. to monitor detention conditions under the Flores settlement.

Lawyers visiting a Border Patrol facility in McAllen, Texas, said officers hospitalized four severely ill toddlers last week. The four children, all under the age of 3, had diarrhea and were vomiting, feverish, and coughing. The immigration attorneys visiting the facility reported to the Huffington Post on Friday that some were refusing to eat or drink, and a two-year-old was unresponsive and her eyes had rolled into the back of her head.

Toby Gialluca, a Florida-based attorney, “described seeing terror in the children’s eyes.” Of the people she interviewed, Toby says the shortest stay was 3 days and the longest 17 days. Border detention centers open under the Trump administration have been heavily scrutinized for what many call inhumane treatment and neglect. The immigration lawyers, Gialluca included, feared that the children could have died had they not visited the center.

The administration says centers are overwhelmed, understaffed, and lack crucial resources to care for migrants. Five migrant children have died since December due to rapid spread of illnesses in the centers. The McAllen center recently quarantined three dozen migrants after a teen at the same facility died of the flu.

The lawyers initially visited the center with the intention of interviewing children about conditions in the facility, then ended up asking government officers to hospitalize the many children they met. Gialluca said she and her colleagues met with only a small fraction of migrants at the facility, the largest in the U.S. She said the number of migrants in need of hospitalization is likely much higher than those she met.

This was just a random selection found in unsanitary conditions. Immigrants are detained at length and it’s not a budget issue.


06/26/2019 1:49 AMupdated: 06/27/2019 1:11 PM


  • David M.
    07/24/2019 12:10

    They let too many in.

  • Jason M.
    07/17/2019 10:24

    Sorry Trump couldn't build his wall when his party controlled all 3 branches of Government. Sorry Mexico didn't pay for it either! I just remembered how he said a wall would fix everything.

  • Dave W.
    07/16/2019 21:02

    This is garbage.

  • Mary F.
    07/14/2019 19:16

    And how much will you be making after you help sue the US government?

  • Greg S.
    07/14/2019 13:23

    They should go home and get some medicine.

  • James D.
    07/14/2019 13:13


  • Richard N.
    07/14/2019 03:26

    Golly. Pressure Nancy Pelosi to get her House Democrats in line and vote for increases to improve the conditions there. Duh! It might help if the Democrats would show up to committee meetings where the fiscal needs of ICE was to be presented. Apparently, they WANT this crisis. Its Congress that controls the purse strings. The Democrats just can't allow Donald Trump a win. Sad how Democrats are trying to score points off the backs of children. Oops! My bad. They kill babies after they're born. Maybe that's what they think wins elections for them. Humm. Anyone else see a pattern?

  • Signe L.
    07/13/2019 23:46

    Have a ❤️ show some❤️give a ————!

  • John T.
    07/13/2019 23:27

    Of course she saw these things. She is out to make a dollar or two and this is how she makes her living. I can bet you that she has not given any money or help in any way to the people at the border. I can also say that she does not lose any sleep over the conditions she says she saw. She is just thinking how much money she can make.

  • Daniel J.
    07/13/2019 22:28

    When they come here illegally in masses, then what do they expect?

  • Valli S.
    07/13/2019 22:07

    Trump needs to be sued in court for "crimes of hunanity" on a massive basis. ...hes willfully killing helpless ppl in front if us....Lawmakers Get A F...... Conscience

  • Steve S.
    07/13/2019 21:28

    all these illegals know how the process is and yet they still come .and every Democrats crys that they don't have basic needs .give me a break

  • James P.
    07/13/2019 21:10

    These people come here like that stop blaming the Trump administration it has been going on for years

  • Core B.
    07/13/2019 20:38

    ......try being forced to live that way for 400 years, no home to go back to, no sympathy or concern from anyone.....ADOS Blacks, backs are the reason they made a choice to come here illegally in the first place. To get free unearned benefits over us.. a choice, not forced....if you decide to jump off a cliff, and not be pushed, why are you surprised when you die at the bottom? Besides, Could be worst, they could be getting gunned down, unarmed in the street, .....ADOS.Blacks before immigrants.....HYON🌰🥥

  • Andrew L.
    07/13/2019 20:26

    What you see is called a deterrent. Trump doesn't care

  • Cynthia G.
    07/13/2019 20:16

    .....and why can't the trump administration see this. He is the one who created this in the first place.

  • Diana C.
    07/13/2019 19:54

    To think some folks admire Mike Pence and he visited similar cams ???? Duh ? Just a party hack duty his thing for his party .

  • Regina S.
    07/13/2019 18:46

    Tell your Supposed Genius to put those people on those military cargo ships and planes with food and water and take them back from whereever they came from. Whatever these pepple was running from could not be worst then the treatment they are receiving. This is going.down in his possible library that he tried but could not out do Hitler/Mussolini. This Judicial, Congress, Senate and all the United States Government Leadership and every body/thing that can and has the power to eliminate such insane Cruelty will definitely reap what has been sown and allowed to occur. Obsolutly horrible!! Will somebody please tell THAT genius, that a true Genius is ONE that has done a New Thing on this Planet that has never been done before!

  • Karen C.
    07/13/2019 18:25

    The Ice agents are nothing but gun toting criminals

  • Lynda B.
    07/13/2019 17:18

    These kids will eventually get sent back to where they came from. They'll grow up with an intense hate towards us and come back to destroy us!

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