Caged and separated: Inside a Texas processing centre where children are taken from their parents by border agents who 'tell them they are just going for a bath'
Agents have reportedly told parents they were taking their children for a bath, the children would then be separated from their parents, an advocate revealed. Those children are now living in detention centres along the US-Mexico border.
Kids were seen lying on green mats with foil sheets intended to serve as blankets. Hundreds of children were seen waiting in cages created by metal fencing.
Anne Chandler, the director of the Houston office of Tahirih Justice Center said she's spoken with several parents who were told their children were going to get washed, before guards informed them they would never see their kids again.
She made the stunning claims as heartbreaking photos were released showing have inside of a processing center in Texas, where illegal immigrant children are taken.
On Friday, it was revealed that nearly 2,000 children were separated from adults at the border between mid-April and the end of May. Those children are now living in detention centers along the US-Mexico border.
Chandler said the officers also tell the parents that they are going to 'prosecuted' or that they aren't 'welcome in this country'. In May, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a 'zero tolerance' policy in which all those apprehended entering the US illegally, including those seeking asylum, would be criminally charged, which generally leads to children being separated from their parents.
The policy has drawn condemnation from medical professionals, religious leaders and immigration activists, who warn that some children could suffer lasting psychological trauma.
But nonetheless, the children are separated from their parents, held in government facilities, released to adult sponsors or placed in temporary foster care.
Inside the old warehouse, hundreds of children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside. Scattered about are bottles of water and bags of chips.
This needs to stop!!