U.N. Human Rights Chief Comments on Conditions at Migrant Detention Centers

Michelle Bachelet, the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the United Nations, said she is “appalled by the conditions” that detained migrants are forced to live in at federal detention centers.

Speaking about the report published by the Department of Homeland Security’s internal watchdog, Bachelet said “any deprivation of liberty of adult migrants and refugees should be a measure of last resort,” and that in situations where detention is necessary, it should be for the shortest period and under conditions that satisfy international human rights standards.

“Clearly, border management measures must comply with the State’s human rights obligations and should not be based on narrow policies aimed only at detecting, detaining, and expeditiously deporting irregular migrants,” Bachelet said.

Regarding the treatment of children housed at these facilities, Bachelet said she was “deeply shocked that children are forced to sleep on the floor in overcrowded facilities, without access to adequate healthcare or food, and with poor sanitation conditions.”

According to The Office of Inspector General, the crisis at the U.S. border requires “immediate attention and action.” The agency has advised the federal government to “take immediate steps to alleviate dangerous overcrowding and prolonged detention of children and adults.”

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