"Multiple hunger strikes happening simultaneously are no coincidence: they are indicative of the desperation and suffering that immigrants are facing inside these human cages," said Sofia Casini, southern regional coordinator with Freedom for Immigrants.
"There's a lot of misinformation that we are not allowing people to brush their teeth. This is a toothbrush," Chief Patrol Agent of the Border Patrol's Tuscon Sector, Roy Villareal, says in a bid to debunk reports on facilities in another state.
"Having worked at Abu Ghraib prison after the scandal there, I can tell you that the conditions for those detained at our southern border is paradise in comparison," Retired U.S. Army Reserve Major Montgomery Granger said.
"Outsourcing its responsibility to physically hold these detainees does not absolve it of its obligation to properly care for them," U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette of Colorado said of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
"They followed the legal checklist by first presenting themselves at a point of entry, and this is how America is paying them back–with cruelty and disrespect for the law," said Southern Poverty Law Center Senior Supervising Attorney Luz Virginia Lopez.