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Teen Taken at U.S. Border Tells of 'Icebox' Cages With 60 Girls [View all]

What the hell are we doing to these poor people?

Teen Taken at U.S. Border Tells of ‘Icebox’ Cages With 60 Girls
By Erik Larson
July 3, 2018, 12:21 PM EDT Updated on July 3, 2018, 2:56 PM EDT

A 15-year-old girl who was forcibly separated from her mother after fleeing to the U.S. from El Salvador described to a Washington State investigator how she was crammed into a windowless room with 60 other girls and deprived of proper sleep or food for three days.

The room was divided by wire fencing into three cages, with each one holding 20 separated girls -- some as young as 3 years old, according to an affidavit filed late Monday in federal court in Seattle. The girls, who weren’t told when they’d see their parents again, called it the "icebox."

"The place was freezing because they kept the air conditioner on all the time, and each child was given a mat and an aluminum blanket," the investigator for Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson wrote. "The girls placed their mats in the floor very close to one another, since there was not enough space."

The affidavit is part of a lawsuit by 17 states and the District of Columbia that seeks to block the child-separation policy on constitutional grounds. The states on Monday asked the court to order the government to begin quickly turning over evidence.

"The states have repeatedly demanded basic information about their well-being, but were answered with silence," according to the filing.



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