Immigration

Detained migrants say the needs of children and pregnant women are being broadly ignored by US immigration officers as they’re held in what have been described as “prison-like” conditions.
The accounts of these migrants, many of whom fled violent situations in Central America, paint a bleak picture of life in US detention facilities.
Thousands of migrant children have been separated from their parents or guardians at the US-Mexico border as a consequence of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

Detained migrants say the needs of children and pregnant women are being broadly ignored by US immigration officers as they’re held in what have been described as “prison-like” conditions.

Adults and children alike face solitary confinement, lockdowns, and unsanitary bathrooms, according to hundreds of pages of court documents linked to a lawsuit filed by a group of state attorneys general over the Trump administration’s separation of migrant families.

The accounts of these migrants, many of whom fled violent situations in Central America, paint a bleak picture of life in US detention facilities — months of separation from their children only to find them traumatized and covered in lice once they were finally reunited.

‘He was full of dirt and lice’

Olivia Caceres, who was separated from her one-year-old son in November at a legal point of entry after making the harrowing journey to the US from El Salvador, struggled for three months to regain custody of her child.

When the young boy was finally returned to her, Caceres said, “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 he was full of dirt and lice. It seemed like they had not bathed him the 85 days he was away from us.”

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Source:: Business Insider

      

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