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    Child Migrants Decry Illness, Filth in Border Detention

    Child migrants decry illness, filth in border detention

    By CEDARATTANASIO, AMY TAXIN and ASTRID GALVAN, Associated Press

    35 mins ago

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — At night, the teenage girl from Honduras wraps a thin foil blanket around herself and her infant son as they lie on a floor mat in the cold. The lights are blaring and sleepless children are crying. It's so crowded inside the caged area that there isn't space for her baby boy to crawl.

    This is the 17-year-old's account, one of dozens filed in federal court this week by advocates for children locked away in the immigration system.

    Every five days, she is given a shower and can brush her teeth. Her baby boy already had a fever and cough but she didn't dare ask to see a doctor, for fear "He feels frozen to the touch,"the girl said. "We are all so sad to be held in a place like this."

    Her declaration was filed with a court in Los Angeles that oversees a long-standing settlement agreement over custody conditions for migrant children caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Teens and children, detained days or weeks by U.S. border authorities, described frigid cells where flu-stricken youngsters in dirty clothes ran fevers, vomited and cried with no idea when they would be getting out.

    Some of the children traveled alone to the U.S. Others traveled with siblings or other relatives and were separated because the government only allows them to stay with parents or legal guardians.

    ld prolong their detention at the Ursula facility in McAllen, Texas. She said she has been there nearly three weeks.

    Doctors and lawyers encountered several teen mothers at the detention facilities — some with newborn babies in a fragile state. Five infants were admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit at a local hospital after a doctor visited the McAllen facility, according to the court documents.

    Advocates are seeking an emergency order to require immediate inspections of the Texas facilities, access for doctors and the prompt release of children to parents or other close relatives in theUnited States.

    A spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection declined to comment on the litigation.

    The advocates have pressed the U.S. government for years to comply with the 1997settlement agreement that set minimum standards for the detention of child migrants and the process for their release. A judge previously found the government kept children detained too long and in harsh conditions, and ordered an independent monitor to report on facilities.

    The Trump administration is facing growing backlash over its handling of a surge in immigrant families and children at the border, many fleeing gang and domestic violence in Central America. Five children have died since late last year after being detained and lawyers who visited a Border Patrol station near El Paso last week described children being held in squalid conditions with little care and inadequate food, water and sanitation.

    In a court declaration, Dr. Dolly Lucio Sevier, a pediatrician who visited theMcAllen center earlier this month, said she saw many teenage mothers and parents unable to wash baby bottles or get enough water to drink to adequately breastfeed their babies. With its cold temperatures and bright lights, she compared the center to a torture facility.

    "It is obvious that the dignity and well-being of children is not even an after thought in the design of the center," Sevier said.

    At another Customs and Border Protection center in Clint, Texas, children said no adults took care of them, so they tended to each other. They said they were always hungry, the water tasted horrible and there was no soap or water to wash their hands after using the bathroom. The flu was widespread and children who got sick were sent to a special cell.

    A 12-year-old girl from Ecuador said she was being held there with her 8- and 4-year-old sisters after they were separated from their grandmother. The guards told the girls it could take as long as two weeks for them to be reunited with their mother in Massachusetts.

    "Every night my sisters keep asking me, 'When will our mommy come get us?'" she said in her declaration. "I don't know what to tell them. It's very hard for all of us to be here."

    The children are not named in the declarations provided to the court. Attorneys interviewed the children over the past few weeks as part of monitoring under the settlement.

    U.S. agencies have been scrambling to find adequate facilities for migrants streaming across the border with Mexico, and the Border Patrol has been detaining some children for weeks as opposed to 72 hours, because the U.S. Department Health and Human Services said it doesn't have the capacity to take them.

    Advocates have complained the department has delayed releasing children to sponsors who are willing to care for them in the United States and take them to immigration court hearings to determine whether they can stay in the country. They said that's why kids are being kept in crowded border facilities for too long.

    In court filings, doctors said the filthy conditions lead to the spread of flu and other disease and show a lack of respect for the children's humanity. Peter Schey, president of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, said the children's deaths might have been prevented had the government promptly released them from custody.

    Warren Binford, an attorney who visited the Clint facility, said the Border Patrol lied about giving a shower to a 4-year-old girl who was extremely dirty and whose hair was so matted he thought it might have to be cut off. Two 7- and 8-year-olds who were caring for the younger child did their best to convince her, he said, but the girl, who was nonverbal, refused a shower after the attorney instructed agents to give her one.

    A 14-year-old Guatemalan girl said she fled with her sister, mother and niece to the United States because her father was abusive. She said she wasn't allowed to shower for five days and was denied a toothbrush. Guards yelled at her, she said, when she tried to go to the bathroom.

    "The food here is not enough," she said. "The food is not good, and I feel hungry."

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/child-migrants-decry-illness-filth-in-border-detention/ar-AADuPh6?li=BBnb7Kz

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    STAY HOME AND BUILD AMERICA ON YOUR SOIL

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    REALLY!!!!

    WHAT KIND OF ACCOMODATIONS DID MEXICO PROVIDE THEM???

    WHAT KIND OF ACCOMODATIONS DID THEIR PRESIDENT PROVIDE THEM WITH???

    WHAT DID YOUR PARENTS PACK FOR YOU? OOPS, FORGOT THE TOOTHBRUSH AND SOAP JUNIOR!


    THE RITZ CARLTON!!!


    Did they get clean drinking water in Mexico?

    Did they bathe in the RIVER filled with giardia and sewage?

    Did Mexico let them all dine at the Denny's? Give them a credit card to Wal-Mart?

    Did they defecate and trash their way 2,000 miles in the streets of their country and Mexico to get here?

    Did Mexico provide them with toothbrushes, soap, toothpaste and shampoo???

    How was the FIRST CLASS ACCOMODATIONS on that Beast Train or the back of a Semi-truck work out for you with hundreds of SICK people? Please post your reviews on TripAdvisor!!!

    How did you LIKE and LOVE your parents who drug you 2,000 miles through hell or push you out and hand you over to your "Travel Agent the Coyote Express" work out??? TripAdvisor would like to know!

    Did THEY get raving reviews from their Travel Agent?

    Did Mexico screen ALL their health conditions?

    Did Mexico provide them with clean beds and air conditioned comfort? With TV, movies, toys, food, and showers? Toilets with toilet paper anyone?


    So sorry for your LOUSY accommodations while YOU illegally dumped yourself on our country. We will understand if you CHOOSE not to visit our country again.


    We have violence, WE have abusive parents, we have drugs, we have murder, we have rape...WHERE DO WE FLEE AND DUMP OURSELVES ON??

    NO MORE SOB STORIES...SEND THEM BACK!

    WERE THEY SO "CLEAN" WHERE THEY CAME FROM AND IN PERFECT HEALTH...HELL NO!

    STOP DUMPING THESE ILLEGAL ALIENS ON US AND STOP FORCING US TO PAY FOR THEM.


    I AM SURE THE HOMELESS IN SAN FRANCISCO DO NOT WANT TO LIVE IN FECES, VOMIT, URINE AND NEEDLES IN OUR COUNTRY WITH NO TOILET!

    $&**%%)@#!!!!
    TO BECOME AN AMERICAN YOU MUST CHANGE YOUR VALUES ...NOT YOUR LOCATION

    STAY HOME AND BUILD AMERICA ON YOUR SOIL

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    At night, the teenage girl from Honduras wraps a thin foil blanket around herself and her infant son as they lie on a floor mat in the cold. The lights are blaring and sleepless children are crying. It's so crowded inside the caged area that there isn't space for her baby boy to crawl.

    This is the 17-year-old's account, one of dozens filed in federal court this week by advocates for children locked away in the immigration system.
    What does she and her infant have to contribute to the U.S. Public charge? Welfare?


    A 12-year-old girl from Ecuador said she was being held there with her 8- and 4-year-old sisters after they were separated from their grandmother. The guards told the girls it could take as long as two weeks for them to be reunited with their mother in Massachusetts.
    What could they possibly be fleeing from Ecuador? I've seen several episodes of House Hunters International where Americans were moving there. How bad could it be? It's not.


    A 14-year-old Guatemalan girl said she fled with her sister, mother and niece to the United States because her father was abusive. She said she wasn't allowed to shower for five days and was denied a toothbrush. Guards yelled at her, she said, when she tried to go to the bathroom.


    What about the Americans that live in an abusive household? Where do they flee? There is abuse in every country. This is one of the most lame excuse to come here.

    If they don't like the conditions in these facilities, don't come here. Stay home.
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