• Brooklyn federal detention center hit by fire last weekend
  • Visiting suspended as concern rises in freezing temperatures

A congresswoman who visited a federal detention center in New York City where inmates have been stuck in cold, dark cells for days said it was “surreal” to hear the inmates banging on the walls.

“I am frustrated. This is America. In America, everyone has rights,” said Nydia Velazquez, a Democrat whose district includes the Metropolitan detention center in Brooklyn. “It’s a violation of their human rights to be kept in the cold and not to be able to talk to anyone.”

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