Children Tell Of Neglect, Filth And Fear In U.S. Asylum Camps

Children Tell Of Neglect, Filth And Fear In U.S. Asylum Camps

The U.S. has a vast system of detention sites scattered across the country, holding more than 20,000 migrant children. In a special investigation, the BBC has uncovered allegations of cold temperatures, sickness, neglect, lice, and filth, through a series of interviews with children and staff.

Andrew H. Sweet
  • Over March and April, more than 36,000 children crossed into the U.S. unaccompanied by an adult. This was a record high for recent years.
  • Many children traveling alone set out on their journey hoping to reunite with a parent already in the U.S. More than 80% of them already have a family member in the country, the U.S. government says.
  • Conditions in the detention centers are less than desirable. Some girls in a facility run by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Donna, Texas, were able to shower once a week, but others said they did not shower for several weeks at a time.
  • With children eating and sleeping in close quarters, the cubicles quickly became rancid. At night, the children said, the tents were filled with the sounds of crying.
  • In the past few weeks, the authorities have moved about 3,000 children out of the Border Patrol facility in Donna, transporting many to a new network of child detention centers around the country run by HHS.
  • There are at least 13 such facilities, known as Emergency Intake Sites, on military bases, convention centers, or arenas in major U.S. cities. These are a new part of a network of 200 detention centers for migrant children spread across 22 states.

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