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Investigators gave generally high marks to the two agencies that are handling the surge on the border, and even noted that they “changed the food choices available to family units to accommodate requests for a more familiar diet.”
Groups that filed the complaints did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

Mr. Moran said the labor union had confidence that the investigation would clear agents of wrongdoing.

“It shows that the ACLU is not going forward with valid complaints, and will make an accusation on very flimsy allegations,” Mr. Moran said.

The investigators made 57 unannounced visits to the facilities housing the children and three more visits to a facility housing families. They found CBP was generally meeting its obligations to process the children within 72 hours and providing sanitary facilities to house them.

The only significant problem investigators identified in their report, released late last week, was inconsistent temperatures. The audit said thermostats can’t be adjusted in some facilities.

The illegal immigrants, however, continued to cause some problems, including with toilets at the facility in Artesia, New Mexico, which the government opened specifically to detain families.

“Family unit illnesses and unfamiliarity with bathroom facilities continued to result in unsanitary conditions,” the investigators said in their report. “DHS employees told us the contracted cleaning service is inadequate.”

New Mexico radio station KUNM reported last week that the Artesia facility hadn’t been licensed as a child care facility, which some lawyers said could leave it in violation of state child welfare laws.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which runs the Artesia facility, said in a statement that the residential center provides a “shelter-like setting” for families awaiting deportation proceedings.

“During their time at Artesia, residents retain parental responsibility for their children and are readily accessible to provide for their care and supervision,” the agency said.