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Four Migrant Toddlers, One 'Completely Unresponsive,' Hospitalized After Lawyers Tour Border Facility
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=47425"><span class="small">Morgan Gstalter, The Hill</span></a>   
Saturday, 22 June 2019 13:28

Gstalter writes: "Immigration attorneys said four toddlers, all under the age of 3, were hospitalized last week after spending time at a U.S. Border Patrol facility in McAllen, Texas."

Immigrant children in a detention center. (photo: Ross D. Franklin)
Immigrant children in a detention center. (photo: Ross D. Franklin)


Four Migrant Toddlers, One 'Completely Unresponsive,' Hospitalized After Lawyers Tour Border Facility

By Morgan Gstalter, The Hill

22 June 2019

 

mmigration attorneys said four toddlers, all under the age of 3, were hospitalized last week after spending time at a U.S. Border Patrol facility in McAllen, Texas.

Toby Gialluca, a Florida-based attorney, told HuffPost on Friday that the children, who have teenage parents or guardians, were coughing and vomiting and had fevers and diarrhea.

One 2-year-old’s eyes reportedly rolled to the back of her head, according to Gialluca, and she was “completely unresponsive.”

Their immediate condition is unknown.

“It’s just a cold, fearful look that you should never see in a child of that age,” Gialluca said. “You look at them and you think, ‘What have you seen?’”

The lawyers told the outlet that they forced the government to hospitalize the children and feared that the children would have not received medical attention had they not toured the facility.

“It’s intentional disregard for the well-being of children,” Gialluca said. “The guards continue to dehumanize these people and treat them worse than we would treat animals.”

The Hill reached out to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for comment.

The HuffPost report comes after a Justice Department lawyer suggested at a recent hearing that a toothbrush and soap were not necessarily required to fulfill sanitary conditions for detained migrant children laid out in a years-old agreement.

The Associated Press reported that Sarah Fabian, a senior litigation counsel for the Justice Department, made the suggestion while discussing a 1997 settlement agreement that requires certain sanitary and safety standards be met for detained persons during a recent hearing at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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+11 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-06-22 17:59
Why isn't congress holding hearings on the mess the Trump administration has been running on the border. They hearings could be legitimate "oversight" and not the "impeachment disguised as oversight." The end result would be legislation to address the problem and its root causes.

There are a lot of guards, ICE agents, and others who need to be criminally charged.
 
 
+3 # coberly 2019-06-23 00:04
indeed, why aren't they?
 
 
+5 # elizabethblock 2019-06-23 08:00
Yes - but how about the higher-ups who give the orders?
 
 
+6 # johnescher 2019-06-23 02:53
The president needs to be charged. And this needs to be the central issue in impeachment hearings.