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After visits to border patrol concentration camps in Clint and McAllen, Texas, a doctor compared the conditions faced by migrant children to those of “torture facilities.” The physician, Dolly Lucio Sevier, was referring to conditions such as sleeping on concrete floors and no access to soap or basic hygiene, according to NBC News.

Lucio Sevier was granted access to the Ursula facility in McAllen after a flu outbreak there sent five infants to the neonatal intensive care unit. The doctor assessed 39 minors and concluded that all showed evidence of trauma, and she described conditions as including "extreme cold temperatures, lights on 24 hours a day, no adequate access to medical care, basic sanitation, water, or adequate food."

The attorneys who accompanied Lucio Sevier threatened to sue the government if it denied a visit from a physician. The team, which represents the migrant children, is working under the Flores settlement agreement, which stipulates detention standards for unaccompanied minors. As part of that 1997 ruling, the lawyers represent all children in custody and are therefore allowed to visit and interview them.

In a statement responding to these reports, U.S. Customs and Border Protection emphasized its limited resources as a reason for the horrific conditions, and asserted that it is doing the best it can. However, lawyers for the Trump administration recently argued that providing basic necessities, like soap, was not required under the Flores agreement.

The lawyers with the Flores agreement team said current conditions at the Clint and McAllen facilities need urgent attention.

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