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>> So, we're keeping families together and this will solve that problem. At the same time, we are keeping a very powerful border and it continues to be a zero tolerance.>> As the Trump administration presses ahead with its hardline zero tolerance immigration policy, its run into another problem, where to put all the detainees.
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An influx of hundreds of immigration detainees has put a strain on government resources, says Reuters correspondent Sarah Lynch.>> Five federal prisons are now housing up to 1,600 detainees at a time. Victorville is one of five federal prisons located in California that is the largest detainee population. They house up to 1,000 people at a time.
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I've been speaking with a lot of prison workers within the bureau prisons and at Victorville, they tell me, they were already understaffed with medical staffers. They only have one doctor for 4,500 inmates in the entire complex. They only have six physicians assistants, two of whom were assigned to the unit where the detainees are being housed, and they only have a handful of nurses.
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Now, there has been an outbreak of chickenpox with one of the detainees, and they've now had to quarantine people. They're also dealing people who have scabies. And one person told me that some of those people, who have scabies, are actually not being quarantined in medical, but they're among the other detainees.
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So there's a lot of concern about whether there's adequate people there to treat all the inmates and the detainees at the same time.>> A spokesperson for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known more commonly as ICE said the agency was confident in the care and oversight provided by the California prison.
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Meanwhile, ICE is trying to secure more bed space, most likely at private facilities. And the Federal Bureau of Prisons has agreed to rent 1,600 beds at its prisons at an unknown cost to the taxpayer.