Government Removes Migrant Children From Detention Facility After Reports of Dire Conditions

Cheryl Sanders
June 25, 2019

Lawyers who visited the facility found children of all ages locked up without adequate food, water, sanitation or medical care, with older children having to care for the younger ones.

The U.S. government has removed hundreds of migrant children from a Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas, following reports of unsanitary living conditions and inadequate food and water. Escobar said some of the children were temporarily sent to Border Patrol Station 1 on the north side of El Paso.

There were not almost enough beds and some of the children described spending weeks sleeping on concrete blocks with up to 100 other kids in a single room, she said.

Customs and Border Protection has referred AP's questions to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which said Monday that 249 children who had been held at Clint would be moved to the agency's network of shelters and other facilities by Tuesday.

"This is a direct result of the unprecedented number of arriving children", she said.

This was, by far, the worst situation that I've seen not just by the conditions but by the sheer number of children who are being kept at this facility and being kept in really unsafe, unsanitary conditions.

"Many of the kids in the Clint facility are too young to wash or feed themselves, yet they are left to fend for themselves with the help of related older children", said Clara Long, a senior researcher at HRW.

Others, like Appropriations Committee chair Nita Lowey, said Democrats should not allow anger at President Donald Trump "to blind us to the horrific conditions at facilities along the border as the agencies run out of money".

That's how lawyer Holly Cooper described the conditions inside a Texas border station, where the children were being held without access to hygiene products and essential care.

Director of the Immigrants' Rights Clinic at Columbia Law School, Elora Mukherjee, was a member of the legal team which reported seeing teenage mothers in clothing stained with breast milk.

In May, the inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security warned of "dangerous overcrowding" among adult migrants housed at the border processing center in El Paso, with up to 900 migrants being held at a facility designed for 125. She said she fears that another child could die.

In a statement issued Friday, Customs and Border Protection said that it "leverages our limited resources to provide the best care possible to those in our custody, especially children", and "all allegations of civil rights abuses or mistreatment in CBP detention are taken seriously and investigated to the fullest extent possible".

"One of the combs was lost, and Border Patrol agents got so mad that they took away the children's blankets and mats. "It's a health crisis. a manufactured health crisis", she said".

"Carrying out all these affairs did not come cheap - Hunter spent thousands of dollars treating women to meals, drinks, and vacations, and traveling to and from their homes", prosecutors said, The Daily Beast reports.

Border Patrol reported 283 migrant fatalities on the border in 2018.

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