#Roommates, Trump’s obsession with controlling the border has never seen a more extreme time than this. Migrant children of all ages have been separated from their families, and held in border patrol facilities in Texas, where their living conditions have been less than livable.
According to @nbcnews, almost 300 of those children have now been removed from these Texas facilities after media reports revealed some disgusting conditions.
Officials from the Department of Homeland Security told NBC News that lawyers who recently visited two Texas facilities described seeing young children and teenagers who had not showered for weeks at a time, inadequate food, flu outbreaks and long periods of detention.
“Almost every child I spoke with had not showered or bathed since they crossed the border–some of them more than three weeks ago,” directors of the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, Elora Mukherjee, 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 reportedly been removed from the border patrol facility and into a tent detention camp also in El Paso, Texas. They will reportedly remain in the camp in the custody of Border Patrol until they can be placed with the Department of Health and Human Services.
“I have never seen conditions as appalling as what we witnessed last week,” Mukherjee said. “The children are hungry, dirty and sick and being detained for very long periods of time.
She added that almost all of the children had been separated from the adults they crossed the border with; be it siblings, parents or grandparents.
“They don’t even know where their loved one are who they crossed the border with,” she said.
In an in-depth report in The New Yorker, lawyers describe unimaginable living conditions for the children. Some of which, emulate concentration camps.
“The conditions the lawyers found were shocking: flu and lice outbreaks were going untreated, and children were filthy, sleeping on cold floors, and taking care of one another because of lack of attention from guards,” the piece read.
One of the lawyers even recalls children sleeping on concrete floors.
“Many of the children reported sleeping on the concrete floor,” she recalls. “They are being given army blankets, those wool-type blankets that are really harsh.”
Customs and Border Protection has not yet responded for comment about conditions at the facilities, but stay with us for updates, Roomies!