This is heart-breaking and it’s happening in our own backyards. And it’s not just four severely ill migrant toddlers. These children are being treated like animals.
Four children, all under age 3 with teenage mothers or guardians, were feverish, coughing, vomiting and had diarrhea, immigration attorneys told HuffPost on Friday. Some of the toddlers and infants were refusing to eat or drink. One 2-year-old’s eyes were rolled back in her head, and she was “completely unresponsive” and limp, according to Toby Gialluca, a Florida-based attorney.
“Under the age of 3.” Do you realize what that is? Two years old or younger. Babies. Read the story, sketchy and shady as it is. Please.
Horrifying: 4 Severely Ill Migrant Toddlers Hospitalized After Lawyers Visit Border Patrol Facility https://t.co/NSFVRRTWjZ
— Lydia Polgreen (@lpolgreen) June 21, 2019
Isn’t Texas in America? What have we become?
A 2-year-old boy locked in detention wants to be held all the time. A few girls, ages 10 to 15, say they’ve been doing their best to feed and soothe the clingy toddler who was handed to them by a guard days ago. Lawyers warn that kids are taking care of kids, and there’sinadequate food, water and sanitation for the 250 infants, children and teens at the Border Patrol station.
On Wednesday there were three infants in the station, all with their teen mothers, along with a 1-year-old, two 2-year-olds and a 3-year-old. There are dozens more under 12. Fifteen have the flu, and 10 more are quarantined.
An 8-year-old taking care of a very small 4-year-old with matted hair couldn’t convince the little one to take a shower.
Border Patrol knew the dates of their visit three weeks in advance.
[What was it like before they knew inspectors were coming?]
All they’re getting to eat is oatmeal for breakfast, instant noodles for lunch, and a burrito for supper. With some cookies and sweet drinks. Without toothbrushes or toothpaste. These children will be damaged for life from malnutrition and dental problems — IF they survive the flu and whatever else they’re picking up in crowded and unsanitary conditions without beds nor adequate shelter. In addition to severely damaged mental health.
From the New Yorker:
Almost every child that we interviewed had a parent or relative in the United States. Many of them had parents in the United States and were coming here to be with their parents. Some of the children that we interviewed had been separated from their parents. Most of them were separated from other adult relatives. Almost all the children came across with an adult family member and were separated from them by the Border Patrol. Some of them were separated from their parents themselves, other times it was a grandmother or aunt or an older sibling. We don’t know where the parents are being kept.
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