Former migrant detention facility worker leaks footage from inside facility to MSNBC

A former employee at a detention center holding migrant children shared photos and videos from inside the building with NBC News, providing a glimpse at the conditions for those separated from their parents under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow said Monday that the woman secretly shot footage from inside a facility located in New York. The employee quit her job there last week and provided the video on the condition of anonymity, Maddow said.

{mosads}The images show children with their faces blurred. They are sitting in what resembles a classroom, where school supplies and maps can be spotted in the background. 

Another image appears to show kids eating a meal off of paper plates.

Maddow also played audio that reveals a detention facility worker discouraging the children there from speaking with reporters. The woman, who speaks in Spanish, warns that talking to the press could put their case in limbo.

“I am here today because I feel like it’s important to make a difference,” the ex-facility worker told MSNBC of her decision to record the footage.

“It’s sad to know that these children are crying for their parents. They don’t know where their parents are,” she added. 

Attorney Michael Avenatti tweeted late Monday that it was one of his clients who provided the footage to MSNBC. 

Avenatti, who represents adult-film star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuits against President Trump, has also taken on clients who have been separated from their children, as well as government whistleblowers.

The Trump administration has faced overwhelming bipartisan backlash in recent weeks for its practice of separating migrant families at the border. The separations were a direct result of the Justice Department’s “zero tolerance” policy toward illegal immigration.

Trump last Wednesday signed an executive order to halt the separations after days of claiming only Congress could act on the issue. 

The Department of Homeland Security has since said it knows the location of each of the more than 2,000 children separated as a result of the policy, and is working to reunite them with their families. However, the department did not lay out a timeline for when that might occur.

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