Hear the Words of Detained Migrant Children | NYT Opinion
Hear the Words of Detained Migrant Children | NYT Opinion Hear the Words of Detained Migrant Children | NYT OpinionWe came to the US because there were people who wanted to hurt us, I’m hungry here, except all the time, I’m so hungry that have woken up in the middle of the night with Hunger. I’M too scared to ask the officials for anymore food. There isn’t water or soap to wash your hands after we use the bathroom. He has to ask for toilet paper. If we want any my sister and I hold a plank it up for one another snow and can see us go to the bathroom. I am 5 years old. I am from Honduras, I’m 7 years old. I am from El Salvador bar. I was wet when I got there and was placed in the state without them giving Aden separate me from my dad. I have not seen my father again. I was wet when I got here and was placed in the cage without being given dry clothes. It is so cold. I was shaking so hard, I’m the third teenage girl who is try to take care of this little two-year-old boy. I feed him and water. I also take care of another little kid. She calls me mama. She is six years old, there’s no room to move without stepping over the others. We are not given him not to sleep on, so we had to sleep on the cold. Concrete. The lights are on all the time. We cannot sleep because every 15-20 minutes the Gardner yelling something get up activities. I would like to get some fresh air. I’Ve been here without bathing for 21 days once I needed clean clothes for my baby because she threw up, but when I ask for them I was told they didn’t have any available. She still in the same dirty clothes. I’Ve not asked for anything since then. Three days ago I got a fever, they moved me to a flu, so there is no one to take care of every day. They just give you pills twice a day. My skin is cheat in red and my nose is stuffed up. It’S so ugly to be locked up all the time. I miss my mother who lives in Delaware. I don’t know why I am still here. I don’t want to go back to my country, sometimes when we ask we are told we will be in here for months, Administration. In the video Op-Ed above, children read testimonies given by young migrants detained in Customs and Border Protection facilities. They reveal harrowing stories of children living in cages, going hungry and tending to infants without their parents.
Border Patrol has been detaining thousands of children, sometimes for weeks, in conditions no child anywhere should suffer. At a June hearing before a federal appeals court, judges were stunned by the administration’s arguments that these children were kept in “safe and sanitary” facilities, as required by the Flores Settlement.
The overcrowding, long stays and inhumane, possibly illegal living conditions are a result of the Trump administration’s cruel immigration policies and mismanagement of the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the border agency.
Barring exceptional circumstances, the legal limit for Border Patrol to detain children is 72 hours. The agency is then supposed to transfer children to the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement for a maximum of 20 days. But the resettlement office has been keeping children far longer, creating a backlog across the entire system. As a result, Border Patrol centers have not been quickly processing unaccompanied children and migrant families, who have recently been crossing the border in record-breaking numbers.
Detained children provided the testimonies read in this video to lawyers who visited Border Patrol centers as part of an ongoing investigation of detention facilities.
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