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The Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project and three other organizations say they documented 116 cases in interviews with children who were in Customs and Border Protection custody. The interviews occurred from around March to May.
The groups filed an administrative complaint Wednesday with the Department of Homeland Security that says more than 80 percent received inadequate food and water, about half were denied medical care, and about one of every four was physically abused.
The complaint comes amid a surge of unaccompanied children from Central America crossing in South Texas. Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
"...right now they have 40,000 kids that just showed up out of nowhere and suddenly you expect us to instantly provide for them????
originally posted by: HardCorps
Remember---we're talking about the feds--- the same people it took 5 days to get water to the super dome refugees.
Our economy can't handle our own people right this moment...and this won't improve anyone - See more at: www.abovetopsecret.com...
Nearly 90 million people are now considered out of the labor force, up 1.7 million from August 2012.
An estimated 60,000 such children will pour into the United States this year, according to the administration, up from about 6,000 in 2011. Now, Washington is trying to figure out how to pay for their food, housing and transportation once they are taken into custody.
The flow is expected to grow. The number of unaccompanied, undocumented immigrants who are under 18 will likely double in 2015 to nearly 130,000 and cost U.S. taxpayers $2 billion, up from $868 million this year, according to administration estimates.
An estimated 60,000 such children will pour into the United States this year