A detained migrant woman says US immigration authorities took her infant daughter from her while she was breastfeeding.
A lawyer who interviewed the woman told CNN that the woman was placed in handcuffs when she resisted.
The story comes just weeks after the Trump administration began implementing its new “zero-tolerance” policy, which criminally prosecutes all migrants caught illegally crossing the border and separates them from their children.
Immigration authorities reportedly took a detained migrant woman’s infant daughter from her while she was breastfeeding, then placed the woman in handcuffs when she resisted.
The woman had been detained under the Trump administration’s new “zero-tolerance” policy, which criminally prosecutes everyone caught illegally crossing the border, separating them from their children.
Natalia Cornelio, an attorney with the Texas Civil Rights Project who interviewed the woman, told CNN that the woman was sobbing as she told her story.
“The government is essentially torturing people by doing this,” Cornelio told CNN.
The woman’s separation from her daughter is just the latest story to emerge after the Trump administration began implementing its new border policy. A number of similar reports have circulated throughout the national media in recent weeks, many of them attracting public backlash.
Lawyers who work with the migrants have told news outlets that immigration authorities have separated children from their parents under the guise of taking them to go bathe. The parents described to the lawyers their horror as they realized hours later that their children weren’t coming back.
Other stories have surfaced about frightened, traumatized children placed in foster care with little contact with their parents — one foster mother described to The New York Times a five-year-old boy who clung to stick-figure drawings of his family.
One migrant father even took his own …read more
Source:: Business Insider