Lawmakers who toured Georgia detention site raise concerns
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A Congressional delegation has visited a detention facility in rural Georgia and said the conditions and the treatment of the women held there is even worse than has been reported previously
Lawmakers who toured Georgia detention site raise concerns

Several members of Congress called for a detention facility in Georgia to be shut down pending investigation after women detainees told them of being forced into unnecessary gynecological procedures with dirty equipment that left serious infections amid conditions so unsanitary that some begged to be deported.

"This is a horror show, it truly is worse than I expected," Rep. Juan Vargas, a California Democrat, said Saturday after talking to several detainees on the visit to the Irwin County Detention Center, where both detainees for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and inmates for the U.S. Marshals Service are housed

While many of the allegations made by the women centered on Dr. Mahendra Amin, a gynecologist accused of performing surgeries without their consent, members of the Congressional delegation recounted stories about conditions and treatment that extended beyond those accusations — starting with the alleged failure to take even the most basic steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

They said, for example, that the women reported they were issued one paper mask and were forced to wear it for weeks at a time before they were finally given new masks the day before at least 10 members of Congress paid a visit.

"They make their living by feasting off the misery…
DON BABWIN Associated Press
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