Girl says she slept on the floor at Border Patrol facility and others were ‘locked up’ for crying


A 12-year-old migrant girl detained in a border facility in Texas said she and other children slept on floors, had just one blanket each and were treated poorly when they cried out for their parents, in a video obtained by The Associated Press.

The girl, who was held along with her 6-year-old sister, recalls her two-week experience at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) station near El Paso in Spanish to her attorney. 

{mosads}”They gave us little food. Some children did not bathe, they didn’t bathe them. They treated us badly where we were. They were mean to us,” she says in the video.

Younger children, around her sister’s age, would cry out for their parents, she said. 

“They cried and they were locked up,” she added. 

The girl said the center had many children who slept on floors and were only given one blanket, which she said was not sufficient to block the cold. 

Children were sick, but not taken to hospitals, she added. 

The girl in the video and her sister were separated from their aunt, who is still being detained, when they arrived in the U.S. on May 23, according to The Associated Press.

Their mother had reportedly fled an abusive husband in Central America four years ago, and applied for asylum. The girls stayed with their aunt but the family fled in May after the girls’ father threatened them. 

The Hill reached out to CBP for comment. 

Last week a federal judge ordered an independent monitor to ensure conditions at CBP centers are promptly addressed, setting a July 12 deadline. 

The ruling also ordered that medical professionals be allowed in to treat the detained migrants. 

Tags asylum seekers; immigration; detention; ICE Immigration and Customs Enforcement U.S. Customs and Border Protection
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