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Bats Attack Detainees in Rio Grande

The Texas Tribune reported that two immigrants detained at Rio Grande Detention Center suffered bat bites earlier this month. The private immigrant prison, operated by GEO Group, At least one person was undergoing treatment in case the bat could infect with rabies. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed the bites while it stated the facility was undergoing a “thorough inspection and abatement plan.”

“One bite occurred at around 1 a.m. Sunday at the Rio Grande Detention Center in Webb County, according to San Antonio-based immigration attorney Laura Figueroa. Her client, Yonathan Eduardo Morales Galviz, was taken to the hospital at about 3:30 a.m. that day and then taken back to the facility soon after,” the article stated.

In an article by San Antonio Express-News, Figueroa commented that her client has been moved to a different dormitory that also has bats. She said, “You have guards that were telling detainees, ‘Oh, we know about this bat problem. Just kill them and we'll open the back door so you can dispose of the bats.’”

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