Illegal Migrant Girl at Biden Detention Center Reveals 'Heartbreaking Conditions'
13-year-old girl revealed that children slept in tents with hundreds of others
A Texas detention center for illegal migrant children has come under criticism for its “heartbreaking conditions."
The detention entre at Fort Bliss, Texas, found itself under fire from an immigration organization that released a statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation.
In a court document filed earlier this month, a 13-year-old girl revealed that children slept in tents with hundreds of others as lights were left on all day and night.
The girl also claimed they were served bloody or raw meat.
Items were also confiscated from children so they could not hurt themselves; those items included writing utensils and plastic identification cards, the girl said.
Along with dozens of others, the girl was also placed on a suicide watch and monitored continuously for 10 days.
The girl added they were only allowed to shower for five minutes every two days.
She also revealed she had been at the detention center for almost two months.
Before being sent to the detention center, the girl was being held in a crowded trailer and a tent referred to as “the freezer” because of the cold temperatures,
“These heartbreaking conditions are emblematic of the many problems with the warehousing of vulnerable children by contractors with little to no child welfare experience,” President and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Krish O’Mara Vinarajah, said.
“Overly controlled schedules, limited educational and recreational time, inadequate nutrition, and insufficient access to case managers are deeply troubling conditions that no child should be subjected to.”
“These children aren’t just in our government’s custody; they are in our care — their welfare is better served in settings that are small, safe, and licensed in line with their best interests.”
“The primary focus now and in years to come must be building permanent, licensed capacity to eliminate the need to warehouse children in conditions that may traumatize them. We can, and must, welcome these children with compassion and dignity,” Vinarajah added.
The site was opened in March in order to move unaccompanied migrant minors out of Customs, and Border Protection facilities, the Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement.
In March, Neon Nettle reported that migrant children were held in cage-like border facilities for over a week beyond the maximum legal limit.
The docs reveal that 823 minors have been kept in the "cages" for over ten days.
Under current U.S. law, Border Patrol can only legally hold a child in custody for a maximum of 72 hours.
This year, Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz posted a video of a cramped migrant camp along the southern border and human traffickers taunting Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande.
“These are the Biden cages,” the Texas senator captioned a video of a cramped migrant camp.
“Thousands of kids, in the midst of a pandemic, crammed in at 1500% capacity. This is just one of the ‘pods’ at Donna,” he said.