They Never Saw the Sun: Immigrant Children Under Biden’s Administration

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D.J. Neeley | Civil Patriot

According to migrant youth lawyer Neha Desai, a “staggering number” of migrant children are being detained at a Border Patrol facility in the town of Donna in south Texas. Many have been held more than a week, (which far exceeds the legal time limit, but cannot be avoided, now that Biden has flung wide the doors). 

Desai, who represents migrant youth in U.S. government custody, interviewed migrant children who claimed to be hungry. Others explained that they had only showered once in all the time they’d been detained. 

“Some of the boys said that conditions were so overcrowded that they had to take turns sleeping on the floor,” Desai said.  

As of March 2nd the Donna complex was at 729% capacity. In the middle of a pandemic. On the dime of the U.S. taxpayer. The facility is meant to hold no more than 250 migrants but there were 1800 people in custody at the time Desai conducted her interview. 

“There was a staggering amount of young children,” Desai said. 

Hundreds, in fact. And those numbers are going up. There were 700 children on mid-February and 854 on February 21st. With no social distancing. 

Unaccompanied minors abound at the Donna facility, which is relatively new, (only opened for a month). One young teenager came with her baby and an unaccompanied 8-year-old girl. Many of the other children were younger and were accompanied only by older siblings. 

Desai discovered the children in an emotional state. Some were upset that they’d been separated from siblings of a different gender. These little ones had no access to outdoor activities. The children informed Desai that they “never saw the sun.” One shared that he only saw the sun when he showered because he could see it through a window.

Many of the children were hysterical over being denied phone calls to communicate with family members. 

“We appreciate the extraordinary challenge that the government faces in undoing the damage of the prior administration’s immigration policies,” Desai said. “That said, it is deeply concerning to see young children in facilities for days on end, unable to take a shower, call their families or see the sunlight.”

Um, can we pause right there? 

“Undoing the damage of the prior administration’s immigration policies?” 

Wrong. 

This problem started with the Obama administration. And anyone with eyes can see that it’s escalating daily because of the current administration’s immigration policies. I can’t help but wonder how long it’s going to take for people to wake up and smell the coffee in D.C. 

Things are only going to get worse in coming months, folks. 

Buckle up. It’s about to get very rocky along our borders. 

 

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