Wednesday, June 26, 2019
The President of the American Bar Association has weighed in on the conditions of detention of immigrant children. See "Statement of ABA President Bob Carlson, re: Detention of immigrant children in poor conditions."
The statements powerfully begins as follows:
"The American Bar Association is appalled by credible reports of hundreds of children being held in unsafe and unhealthy conditions in violation of federal and state law, court settlements and common decency."
The conclusion in similarly strong language:
"The ABA calls on federal authorities to immediately end this inhumane and illegal treatment of children and provide attorney access to facilities operated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. We urge Congress to pass supplemental appropriations to ensure the appropriate treatment and care of unaccompanied immigrant children in government custody. And we call on the administration to enforce laws and settlements that guarantee humane, minimal standards of care for vulnerable children, no matter how they arrived in our country."