It’s been said these facilities have worse conditions then prisons. Three hundred little ones crammed into one space. Children, some toddlers, and babies are sleeping on concrete floors. They are fed kool-aid, cookies, or instant meals – no fresh fruit or vegetables. Once every 10 days or so, the refugee children are allowed to brush their teeth. None of them took a shower for weeks.
The cells have open toilets.
While Trump administration officials argue in court that children do not require essential hygiene products such as soap and toothbrushes, they claim the young ones are kept sanitary.
In what world do these officials live in?
Children detained unlawfully, children vanishing. Many taken to other facilities, with no accountability, one wonders who benefits from this? The answer is, at the cost of 775 dollars per child, the businesses who hold these children as prisoners. With billions of dollars spent by the government to house them, there’s little incentive to release them. There are more than 30 of these facilities in Texas alone. Also, a private network of prison companies is now in on the action.
According to Warren Binford, a law professor who visited some of the facilities, who spoke to NPR, reported deplorable conditions for the refugee children.
“They are worse than actual prison conditions. It is inhumane. It’s nothing that I ever imagined seeing in the United States of America. And that’s why we have gone to the press. We never go to the media about our site visits. And after the second day of interviewing these children, you know, we called up the attorneys who are in charge of this case. And because of the extreme conditions that we saw there, we were given permission to speak to the media because children are dying on the border in these stations. And now we know why.”
While our government engages in political squabbles, we throw the most vulnerable children into dangerous facilities. Many are sick, some are dying.
Sounds like concentration camps to me.