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Feinstein Calls Out ‘Sub-Standard’ Conditions At El Centro Border Patrol Facility

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Feinstein Calls Out 'Sub-Standard' Conditions At El Centro Border Patrol Facility

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Michael Bochenek, senior counsel, Children's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch

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California Senator Dianne Feinstein is calling on the Department of Homeland Security to immediately attend to "claims of mistreatment of migrants in DHS facilities" along the U.S.-Mexico border.

In a letter sent Monday to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Feinstein said members of her staff who visited the El Centro Border Patrol station, found children sleeping on concrete floors, inadequate access to drinking water and a lack of basic hygiene products.

The conditions described in Feinstein's letter are nothing new to Human Rights Watch. The nonprofit documented similar problems in a report earlier this year.

Michael Bochenek, senior counsel for the children's rights division of Human Rights Watch, authored the report “In The Freezer: Abusive Conditions for Women and Children In U.S. Immigration Holding Cells.

He joins Midday Edition Wednesday to discuss what he found.

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