Among the most vulnerable members of our society, few are more vulnerable than immigrant children that are separated from their parents. This week, the ACLU released a searing report developed based on official documents obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests. It chronicles the alleged abuse that children, seeking asylum or refugee, taken from their parents or fleeing unsafe conditions in their home countries, have endured at the hands of Border and Customs Patrol officials during the Obama presidency.
The list is grim, and includes:
Denying a pregnant minor medical attention when she reported pain, which preceded a stillbirth.
Subjecting a 16-year-old girl to a search in which they "forcefully spread her legs and touched her private parts so hard that she screamed."
Leaving a 4-lb. premature baby and her minor mother in an overcrowded and dirty cell filled with sick people, against medical advice.
Running over a 17-year-old with a patrol vehicle and then punching him repeatedly.
On Friday, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes drew attention to something even more horrifying - the ICE practice of systematically separating immigrant children from their parents - and in the case of some 1,475 children between October and December, losing track of them entirely. WTF?
We can and must do better, as a nation.
1 Sign the ACLU’s petition to hold the Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection accountable and demand an end to the abuse of children in his agency’s custody
2 Tell your MoC that the practice of abusing immigrant children has to stop and a congressional investigation is in order. Use this tool.