Saturday, May 26, 2018
ACLU Report: Neglect and Abuse of May 2018 Unaccompanied Immigrant Children by U.S. Customs and Border Protection
A new ACLU report (Neglect and Abuse of May 2018 Unaccompanied Immigrant Children by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and here)) is attracting attention. As the ACLU summarizes the report, "Documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union featured in a new report released today show the pervasive abuse and neglect of unaccompanied immigrant children detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The report was produced in conjunction with the International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School."
The report concludes that unaccompanied minors who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border during a historic wave of migration earlier this decade were repeatedly beaten, sexually abused, and deprived of food and medical care by federal border agents. About 30,000 pages of documents obtained by the ACLU through a public records lawsuit depict alleged mistreatment for tens of thousands of children who arrived mainly from Central America between 2009 and 2014. Many were seeking asylum in the United States after fleeing death threats and violence in their homelands.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents allegedly used stun guns on the minors for amusement or punishment, kicked them and threatened to either rape or kill them. The ACLU report — which is based on emails, complaint forms and investigative reports — says agents routinely kept minors in detention cells with frigid temperatures, forcing them to sleep on concrete floors.