United States relocates migrant children over 'squalid' conditions

The news comes shortly after it was reported that more than 100 children were returned to a Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas, which was reported to have had poor sanitation, food, and water, with children caring for each other.

On Monday, Democratic Representative Veronica Escobar, who had been deeply critical of the reported conditions, said she had been told that only 30 children remained in the Clint facility.

U.S. law requires children who cross the border without a parent or legal guardian to stay in border patrol's short-term holding facilities for no longer than 72 hours and to be moved to HHS shelters as quickly as possible.

Children not sent to the HHS shelters were being moved to a tent facility designed for family detention, Ms Lopez-Sandoval said.

Under the Flores settlement, a 1997 agreement that dictates how the government is supposed to treat detained underage migrants, children held by the Border Patrol are supposed to be transferred into the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement within 72 hours.

That's how lawyer Holly Cooper described the conditions inside a Texas border station, where the children were being held without access to hygiene products and essential care.

Many children interviewed had arrived alone at the U.S. -Mexico border, but some had been separated from their parents or other adult caregivers including aunts and uncles, the attorneys said.

More than 52,000 unaccompanied children have been moved from the Department of Homeland Security to HHS, as of June 10.

Children as young as 7 and 8, many of them wearing clothes caked with snot and tears, are caring for infants they've just met, the lawyers said.

The acting head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection has submitted his resignation to acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, as controversy swirls over conditions for illegal immigrants at the agency's detention centers.

CBP officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, on Tuesday denied the allegations of mistreatment but said an internal investigation was underway.

This June 20, 2019, file frame from video shows the entrance of a Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas.

Following the arguments, the judges said the matter was "submitted for decision".

His comment was echoed by David Rohde, who said the Taliban gave him toothpaste and soap during the seven months they held him. Unaccompanied children are meant to be transferred to the care of HHS, which is responsible for their care while placing them with a sponsor in the United States.

"They don't know where their loved ones are who they crossed the border with", she said.

In a statement, the border authority acknowledged that the Clint facility was not suited to the task.

"One of the combs was lost, and Border Patrol agents got so mad that they took away the children's blankets and mats. "It's a health crisis. a manufactured health crisis", she said".

  • Jon Douglas