It's hard to be a child as your parents attempt to immigrate to the United States. Just how hard has recently been exposed, though, even for children who wind up in the custody of the U.S. government. Reports claim that they are being held in very poor conditions in many cases.
One professional has been working with these children and touring the facilities, and she painted a very clear picture of just how bad things had gotten. The Columbia Law School professor claimed that she was appalled by the conditions she saw. She said that she had spent about a dozen years working with children who were being held by the government, but she had never before seen this level of inhumanity and degradation.
"Children were dirty, they were scared, and they were hungry," she said in an interview with The Atlantic.
Part of the issue here is that children often get separated from their parents when they attempt to immigrate. The children may have no say in the matter and may even be too young to really understand what is going on, but they still wind up in custody when the family gets stopped at the border. They then get held until the government sorts everything out, but that can take a long time, and the conditions, as this report shows, are not nearly what many Americans may assume they would be.
Have you been held by the government or do you have children who are being detained right now? If so, it is absolutely crucial that you know what legal options you have.