HHS Inspector General Opens Investigation Into Child Detention Center Conditions

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The Department of Health and Human Services’s (HHS) inspector general has launched an investigation into the conditions of the detention centers holding immigrant children.

The investigation will focus on safety and health concerns of the facilities, HHS spokesperson Tesia Williams told The Associated Press, while specific mistreatment of children and the center is reportedly being investigated separately.

The qualifications of the agents and case managers working directly with the children in the centers is also a main focus of the investigation, Williams said.

HHS Secretary Alex Azar said they are currently taking care of 2,047 kids who have been separated from their families.

Comments by HHS were not received in time for publication.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on June 20 to end child separation at the border by detaining families together while processing immigrants illegally crossing the border. (RELATED: Trump Signs Executive Action To Stop Family Separation)

HHS has also created an “unaccompanied children reunification task force,” according to documents obtained by Politico, which also aims to reunify separated or unaccompanied children with their families.

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