Putting children in concentration camps, away from their parents, in harsh conditions has been described by medical inspectors as torture. The American Bar Association’s Children’s Rights Litigation Committee has published (May 2019) on the harm caused to children when they are separated from their parents, the lifelong effects of toxic stress on children, and resources for children and parents facing removal.
We, through our tax dollars, are spending over $700 per night per child to hold immigrant children in concentration camps without their parents. $700+, and no toothbrush, no soap, no bed. You could stay at the Benson Hotel and order caviar and champagne for dinner for less than $700 per night. And you’d get soap and a bed, and probably a toothbrush if you asked at the desk.
The news is out: even before the 3,000 children separated from their parents in 2018, there was a sharp increase in the numbers of children separated from their parents or guardians. And because of a lack of coordinated formal tracking, the true numbers of these children is officially given as “unknown.” It is estimated to be thousands more than first reported.
According to court documents filed about a week ago, more than 400 migrant children remain separated from their parents. Read the full article at the PBS News Hour website.
Population levels at federally contracted shelters have increased more than fivefold since last summer, reaching a total of 12,800 this month, according to data obtained by The New York Times.
An editorial in today’s New York Times titled The Continuing Tragedy of the Separated Children notes that while the policy of separating families has halted, over 500 children are still languishing in government custody.
Nearly 1 in 5 of the 2,551 parents whose children were taken from them after crossing the southwest border were either swiftly deported before they could be reunited with their children, or somehow opted to leave the country without them. The government’s previous estimate of the number of such cases was just 12.