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250 Children Have Been Living At Texas Border Facility Without Proper Food, Water, And Sanitation

250 Children Have Been Living At Texas Border Facility Without Proper Food, Water, And Sanitation

The Border Patrol is prohibited from keeping migrant children in custody for more than 72 hours but there are children who have been staying there for almost a month in poor conditions.

Every single day, a new report surfaces detailing the atrocious conditions in which asylum-seeking people are kept at the United States border patrol and detention facilities. Although the person subjected to these horrific conditions are different each time, the underlying issue of being neglected unfortunately remains the same. In today's heart-wrenching report we will be uncovering the appalling state of 250 kids including infants and teens, who now have been locked up in Texas for almost a month. Deprived of the basic amenities like water, food, and care the details are sure to make you nauseous.



 

According to a report by ABC News, the Border Patrol is prohibited from holding children under their custody for no longer than 72 hours says the law. After the said period of time has passed children are supposed to be transferred to Health and Human Services who then take their custody. But this is not the case for every child at the detention center. For several children, the 72 hours have now converted into almost a month owing to the facilities' lack of resources to handle the overflow of individuals. Needless to say, this absence has made the living conditions of the kids there rather vulnerable and sadly cruel. 



 

The news came to light after a legal team paid a visit to the facility near El Paso and interviewed a dozen of children reported The Associated Press. The attorneys told the outlet how they saw three girls between the ages of 10 to 15 take turns caring for a sick two-year-old as there was no one else to watch over him. What more, the toddler didn't even have a diaper on and had wet his pants. After noticing the mucus-covered shirt he was wearing the lawyers noticed that there were 15 children down with flu while some of them were kept in medical quarantine.



 

 Speaking to these children, they discovered that they were served uncooked frozen food or rice and how it had been weeks since they received a bath or a change of clean clothes at this facility in Clint, situated in the desert scrubland about 25 miles southeast of El Paso. Holly Cooper, a detained youth representative attorney said, "In my 22 years of doing visits with children in detention I have never heard of this level of inhumanity." Expressing the alarming crisis she added, "Seeing our country at this crucible moment where we have forsaken children and failed to see them as human is hopefully a wake up for this country to move toward change."



 

Revealing the reason for their visit the lawyers told the outlet how they are involved in a legal settlement called Flores agreement that administers the detention conditions for migrant families including children. Apparently, the Border Patrol knew about the date of visit three weeks in advance and did nothing. Now, there are many who would say that these people chose to put themselves in harm's way by crossing the border. But a first-person account given by trial lawyer Martin Garbus will definitely change your mind.



 

"They had come, primarily, not to save their own lives, not even to save themselves from hopeless poverty or endless physical and sexual abuse, but to save their daughters and sons. The mothers believed their children, who were facing sexual abuse, rape, violence, and possibly murder in their native countries, would be safer in the United States," said Garbus, talking about the mothers present in a facility in Dilley, Texas.  The already horrifying situation in such facilities has gotten worse in recent months. As per reports five children in custody have already died since December while the living conditions have become unbearable due to poor management, overcrowding, and lack of funding from Congress. 



 

John Sanders, the acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner has already urged Congress to pass an emergency funding package of $4.6 billion which would include $3 billion to care for unaccompanied migrant kids. "The death of a child is always a terrible thing, but here is a situation where, because there is not enough funding ... they can't move the people out of our custody," said Sanders. He also indicated that the Border Patrol is holding 15,000 people at a facility which has a capacity of 4,000. As human rights continue to be violated nationwide, Trump posted a Tweet earlier this week that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers "will begin deporting the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States … as fast as they come in."



 

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