Migrants describe border centers as cold, cramped, filthy

Migrants describe border centers as cold, cramped, filthy
Dormitory for migrant children at Fort Sill, 2014. Image HHS/Fort Sill via Oklahoma Gazette (link in text)

[Ed. – Much like burglars complaining that you don’t have high-end stuff for them to steal.  But note that this is why the U.S. is moving people to facilities like the one at Fort Sill in the feature photo.]

This is the 17-year-old’s account, one of dozens filed in federal court this week by advocates for children locked away in the immigration system.

Every five days, she is given a shower and can brush her teeth. Her baby boy already had a fever and cough but she didn’t dare ask to see a doctor, for fear it would prolong their detention at the Ursula facility in McAllen, Texas. She said she has been there nearly three weeks.

“He feels frozen to the touch,” the girl said. “We are all so sad to be held in a place like this.”

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Her declaration was filed with a court in Los Angeles that oversees a long-standing settlement agreement over custody conditions for migrant children caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Teens and children, detained days or weeks by U.S. border authorities, described frigid cells where flu-stricken youngsters in dirty clothes ran fevers, vomited and cried with no idea when they would be getting out.

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