More than 200 migrant children detained in a remote Border Patrol station in southwest Texas without adequate food, water and sanitation have been moved after news of the conditions became public last week.
Some 250 migrant children were moved from the overcrowded station following a scathing report on its conditions. "What we saw are dirty children who are malnourished, who are being severely neglected".
Photo provided by Custom and Border Protection to a reporter on a tour of detention facility in McAllen, Texas. They had been held at the facility for weeks. Literally, one of the children said that, currently, there are 100 children in his cell and that when he first arrived there, there were 300 children in the cell.
Elora Mukherjee, director of the Immigrants' Rights Clinic at Columbia Law School and part of the legal team that visited the Border Control facility in Clint, Texas, last week.
What were the conditions like?
Gialluca and a slew of other lawyers have been meeting with children and young mothers at facilities across the state this month as pro bono attorneys. They said he had affairs with a woman who worked in his office as well, plus another woman who worked in the House of Representatives, The Washington Post reports.
"It is degrading and inhumane and shouldn't be happening in America".
Another Clint resident who tried to visit the Clint station told the Tribune: "Knowing what's happening in your community and that you can't give these kids supplies to clean or clothe themselves - it's heartbreaking".
Border Patrol reported 283 migrant fatalities on the border in 2018.
What have the authorities said?
The Border Patrol facility, located in the outskirts of El Paso, has come under scrutiny after independent monitors reported learning of unsanitary, crowded living conditions for as many as 350 detained minors.
"As our leadership have noted numerous times, our short-term holding facilities were not created to hold vulnerable populations, and we urgently need additional humanitarian funding to manage this crisis".
Just 30 children remained at the station outside El Paso Monday, said Rep. Veronica Escobar after her office was briefed on the situation by an official with Customs and Border Protection.
A temporary facility set up to hold immigrants is pictured at a US Border Patrol Station in Clint, Texas.
As of June 10, more than 52,000 unaccompanied children have been transferred from the Department of Homeland Security to HHS - a 60% increase over previous year, HHS says. Some of the children have been there for almost a month. "These children should now all be in HHS care as of Tuesday".
There are also limits set by the USA authorities on how many people can claim asylum each day, resulting in a waiting period that can last months.
With months-long waits for interviews, migrant families are instead attempting sometimes risky border crossings to make their claims.
Another decomposed body was found 20 June on the riverbankof the Rio Grande near Normandy.