Children are being detained at the tent facility that the government runs on the US-Mexico border. To make matters worse, these children have not been able to shower for days or contact their parents. According to CNN, Lawyers from the National Center for Youth Law got the chance to speak with the children.
“The children were terrified, crying and worried about not being able to speak with family members, Welch said. Some said they hadn’t seen sunlight in days. Others said if they were lucky, they would go outside for 20 minutes every few days.”From the CNN Article, “Kids detained in overcrowded border facility are terrified, crying and worried, lawyers say”
Since CBP officials are not allowed to comfort the children both physically and emotionally, the children are having to rely on other kids to sympathize with each other. People are getting concerned with having the children in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody.
“The number of children arriving has been outpacing the Biden administration’s ability to place them in shelters overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). And due to limited capacity at shelters, children are being held in CBP facilities beyond the 72-hour limit the law requires.”From the CNN Article, “Kids detained in overcrowded border facility are terrified, crying and worried, lawyers say”
It has been reported that there are about 8,800 children in the hands of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). With the increasing number of unaccompanied and mistreated children on the border facility, the urgency of getting them out rises due to the pandemic. The conditions of the facility were described to have a recreation area, three meals, access to snacks and drinks, and showers opened at least every 48 hours. The space available for these children are getting smaller, causing social distancing to get harder. Not only is social distancing a concern, but also hygiene. Some children are lucky enough to shower at least every 48 hours with limited soap and shampoo, while the rest have to wait in filth. There are children that have gone at least six days without showering because of the poor organization for hygiene.