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Pelosi: Border Bills Will Spell Out Standards for Detention Camps

On Indy visit, speaker calls treatment of immigrants "intolerable"

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Alarming conditions at border detention camps are the subject of four separate bills coming up for votes in Congress next week:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on a visit to Indianapolis conditions are "stunning" and "intolerable." She says it's almost enough to make one wonder if it's deliberate. 

Pelosi says the House will vote before leaving for August recess on legislation setting specific standards for hygiene, safety, and how quickly the Border Patrol and ICE must process refugees.

Reports from the camps have described conditions in which some immigrants are unable to shower, denied access to clean water, or mistreated by guards.

Pelosi says there's agreement that border conditions represent a humanitarian crisis, even if there's finger-pointing over whom to blame. She says Democrats' goal is to hammer out something the Republican Senate and President Trump can accept so the situation gets addressed.

Pelosi appeared with Indiana Congressman Andre Carson at the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library before a speech to the Young Democrats of America national convention Friday night.

Pelosi says the blanket denial of asylum to refugees goes against human rights standards. She suggests the administration will see internal pushback over the denial of entry even to Iraqis and Afghans who assisted American military operations.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) (Photo: Eric Berman/WIBC)

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