Letter to the Editor,
‘When a public health official warned President Trump that his
family separation policy would cause children "traumatic
psychological injury,” he went ahead and did it. Now we've seen
the aftermath: children crying behind chain-link fences, babies
returned to their mothers covered in lice, babies not
remembering their mothers at all. It's not hard to see that
what's happened to these children will cause lifelong harm.
But what's going on behind the scenes is even more alarming:
There are reports of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
agents kicking and hitting detained children. So while Trump is
taking his time to reunite the families he tore apart – missing
last week's court-ordered deadline – children are being abused.
The stories of abuse are not new. In May, we unearthed 30,000
pages of documents proving physical, sexual, and verbal abuse of
children under the custody of CBP dating back to 2009.
The details our report uncovered are shocking: CBP agents
shooting children with Tasers and stun guns, running children
over with patrol vehicles, threatening children with rape and
death, and much more.
These abuses are not only unconscionably inhumane, but they also
violate U.S law and international human rights law, which
protect migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers – no matter their
country of origin. Many of these children are fleeing violence
in Mexico and Central America – and tragically, CBP has
shattered that dream for so many.
All human beings deserve to be treated with dignity and respect,
regardless of their immigration status – and children, in
particular, deserve special protection.
Stay in the fight!
ACLU Director of Immigration Policy and Campaigns
August 2, 2018