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Flaws Found in Detention Center Inspections

The report comes as some lawmakers and activists are calling for an end to ICE

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    In this June 21, 2018, file photo, recently arrived migrant families speak with volunteers at the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas. Once families and individuals are released from Customs and Border Protection to continue their legal process, they are brought to the center to rest, clean up, enjoy a meal and get guidance to their next destination.

    Homeland Security's watchdog group has found that some inspections for immigration detention facilities are inadequate.

    The report Friday by the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security found inspections that were contracted out by other agencies were overly broad and not consistently thorough.

    The report says the inspections do not fully examine the actual conditions at the 211 facilities. Some are operated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, some are contracted out, and some are local jails. The average total daily population was 35,435.

    The report comes as some lawmakers and activists are calling for an end to ICE.

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    Time Magazine reported Friday that it has obtained exclusive documents that show the U.S. Navy is planning to construct detention centers to house tens of thousands of immigrants in Alabama, Arizona and California, including the former Naval Weapons Station in Concord, about 30 miles from San Francisco. Cheryl Hurd reports.

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    ICE said it will re-evaluate the inspection scope and methodology and has already taken steps to bolster the oversight of contracted inspections.

    The American Civil Liberties Union said the report shows the inspections are a charade