Children Held in Border Detention ‘Never Saw the Sun:’ Lawyer

A lawyer representing unaccompanied youth in U.S. government custody said some of the children held by the United States described crowded quarters and were not allowed outside. Neha Desai, the lawyer, said that some of the children at a Customs and Border Protection facility in Donna, Texas, are being held as long as seven days before being transferred to Department of Health and Human Services facilities. “There was a staggering amount of very young children,” Desai told CBS. Desai said the children described overcrowding that was so severe they had to take turns sleeping on the floor and some said they were only allowed to shower once. Others allegedly told lawyers “about how they never saw the sun.” The interviews were conducted on March 11 outside the holding facility. The lawyers from the National Center for Youth Law were denied access to the inside. The Biden administration has also refused press requests. …

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