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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Reports of ‘atrocious’ treatment of immigrant children in the United States grow

Immigrant advocates in the United States filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) denouncing the continuing abuse and “appalling treatment” of immigrant children, Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice) reported Thursday.

The humanitarian group lamented that the irregularities reported by 70% of the children they interviewed in 2021 continue, who “reported experiencing conditions or abuse” while in the custody of the Office of Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

“Children suffer mistreatment in the form of excessive detention, verbal and physical abuse, deprivation of medical care, lack of adequate food and water, being subjected to unreasonably cold temperatures without access to blankets, family separation and other human rights violations.

“AI Justice and other organizations have been denouncing the abuse and egregious treatment of immigrant children at the hands of CBP for years, but nothing has changed,” Jennifer Anzardo Valdés, director of AI Justice, said in a statement.

The organization said it filed the complaint with the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties on Wednesday detailing “patterns of abuse and mistreatment of immigrant children.”

The complaint coincides with others from other humanitarian groups such as Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), Immigrant Defenders Law Center (ImmDef) and Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project (FIRRP), which represent unaccompanied non-citizen children throughout the country.

“What we are seeing is systemic abuse in CBP custody, regardless of who is in charge at the federal level,” the organization said.

“We continue to see the same inhumane conditions today. It is time for CBP to be held accountable and accountable for its actions,” he added.

“This administration, like others before it, has fallen short in protecting the rights of children in CBP custody,” said Maite Garcia, staff attorney with Americans for Immigrant Justice.

This Wednesday another group, the Government Responsibility Project, asked Congress and federal oversight agencies to investigate and evaluate the conditions of the reception centers for migrant minors.

In a letter sent Tuesday, the watchdog organization urged reviewing the conditions of the centers run by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through its Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).

The letter includes a summary of the complaints of mismanagement and abandonment conditions in the Emergency Entry Centers (EIS) established by the Government of President Joe Biden in the face of the massive arrival of unaccompanied minors registered last year.

Complaints of negligence have pointed to several centers, including the one established in Fort Bliss, Texas.

In April 2021, the government faced a massive wave of migrant children crossing the border alone from Mexico, eventually having more than 23,000 in its custody.

The arrival of unaccompanied minors has not stopped. According to HHS data, as of April 4, there were 10,448 minors in its custody. Another 509 were in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody.

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