"Senior managers at several facilities raised security concerns for their agents and the detainees," the report continued. "For example, one called the situation “a ticking time bomb.” Moreover, we ended our site visit at one Border Patrol facility early because our presence was agitating an already difficult situation," the Inspector General added.
The internal report also detailed how the large number of detainees being processed by immigration officials had resulted in many children being held longer than is allowed under the Flores court settlement.
It also resulted in sanitary troubles for children as well.
"For example, children at three of the five Border Patrol facilities we visited had no access to showers," adding that "children had limited access to a change of clothes."
While inspectors found adequate food, "we observed that two facilities had not provided children access to hot meals" until the week that officials visited the holding facilities.
The release of the report came as House Democrats set a hearing for next week with top Homeland Security officials on the detention situation, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on the President to improve conditions for children being held after entering the country illegally.
“The Trump Administration’s actions at the southern border are grotesque and dehumanizing,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, which set a hearing for July 12.