250 Children Were Living In Inhumane Conditions At Texas Border Facility, Moved After Outcry

250 Children Were Living In Inhumane Conditions At Texas Border Facility, Moved After Outcry

“I have never seen conditions as appalling as what we witnessed last week,” one attorney who visited the facility said.

Following the media reports of a lawyer describing the living conditions of a Texas Border Facility, almost 300 migrant children have been moved. NBC News reports that they were detained Clint Border Patrol station in southwest Texas without adequate food, water, and sanitation. 

"This morning, my office was informed that only 30 children remain in the Clint Border Patrol station in El Paso County," Rep. Veronica Escobar tweeted Monday. She said that last week lawyers for Human Rights Watch had "found 255 children in beyond alarming conditions." 



 

Lawyers who recently visited two Texas facilities holding migrant children described seeing young children and teenagers not being able to shower for days or even weeks, inadequate food, flu outbreaks and prolonged periods of detention.

Some were wearing dirty clothes covered in mucus or even urine, said Elora Mukherjee, the director of the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at Columbia Law School. Teenage mothers wore clothing stained with breast milk. None of the children had access to soap or toothpaste, she said. 



 

“Almost every child I spoke with had not showered or bathed since they crossed the border — some of them more than three weeks ago,” she said. “There is a stench that emanates from some of the children because they haven’t had an opportunity to put on clean clothes and to take a shower.” 



 

The children have been taken to a tent detention camp also in El Paso, Texas, where they will remain under the custody of Border Patrol until they can be placed with the Department of Health and Human Services, the DHS officials said. The Associated Press first reported on the conditions at the facility. 

She said that although the border station has the capacity for slightly more than 100 people, when they arrived Monday morning there were about 350 children there.  



 

“I have never seen conditions as appalling as what we witnessed last week,” she said. “The children are hungry, dirty and sick and being detained for very long periods of time.”
“Children who are young themselves are being told by guards they must take care of even younger children,” Mukherjee said, adding that children as young as 7 and 8 were forced to care for 2-year-olds. 



 

She said almost all the children had been separated from the adults they crossed the border with — siblings, aunts or grandparents, or even their parents.

Federal law requires unaccompanied or separated migrant children be transferred to HHS custody within 72 hours, but some children at the Clint facility had been in Border Patrol custody for weeks, she said.

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