July 7, 2018

How the Trump regime treats immigrant children

Alternet - A new report reveals the extent to which the children and parents separated by law enforcement at America's southern border have endured terrible trauma due to that policy.

They come from a motion filed by 18 Democratic attorneys general (from 17 states and the District of Columbia) to accelerate the timeline in which families separated by President Donald Trump can receive information and access to their parents or children.
From Olivia Caceres, who had her 1-year-old son taken away from her at a legal port of entry: "He continued to cry when we got home and would hold on to my leg and would not let me go. When I took off his clothes——. It seemed like they had not bathed him the 85 days he was away from us."

From a man who presented himself at a port of entry for asylum and was immediately separated from his 5-year-old son and 1.5-year-old daughter: "[The children] did not have shoes or blankets in the detention center, and there were people in the cells that had to sleep standing up. They did not have enough to eat either, and could not drink the water, because of the chlorine they added to it … the incarcerated children were insulted – called named such as 'animals' and 'donkeys.'"

From Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., who interviewed inmates at a detention center: "Both men visibly struggled to maintain their composure while recounting the trauma that they experienced since coming to the United States and ultimately broke down into tears. Our interpreter too broke down into tears, finding their stories too painful to bear."

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