Thousands of government records “provide a glimpse into a federal immigration enforcement system marked by brutality and lawlessness.”
By Jessica Corbett, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 5-23-2018
A new report based on government records details “pervasive” abuse of immigrant childen by U.S. officials. (Photo: ACLU)
A new report out Wednesday that’s based on government documents details the “pervasive abuse and neglect of immigrant children” in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) during the Obama administration—and experts are warning such behavior could be much worse under the Trump administration, infamous for its “dehumanizaing” and “cruel” immigration policies.
Fleeing violence and poverty in Central America, tens of thousands of children come to the United States each year and are detained by CBP, a branch of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The report (pdf) from the ACLU and University of Chicago Law School says detained children have faced “physical and psychological abuse, unsanitary and inhumane living conditions, isolation from family members, extended periods of detention, and denial of access to legal and medical services.” Continue reading