The Smithsonian Museum Would Like To Obtain Art Created By Detained Children

Three children aged 10 and 11 created disturbing drawings of the facility that gained international attention

According to CNN, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History wants to obtain art created by migrant children who have been detained in migrant facilities.

"The museum has a long commitment to telling the complex and complicated history of the United States and to documenting that history as it unfolds," the Smithsonian said in a statement.

Three children, aged 10 and 11, were detained at a center in Texas run by a Catholic church when they made disturbing drawings of the facility that gained attention internationally.

The center in McAllen, Texas houses 500 to 800 migrants at a time. Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, Sister Norma Pimental, said that people arrive at the facilities in emotional distress after their journey across the border and inside the border patrol facilities.

"They find themselves in these facilities that are overcrowded and families are separated from children and they don't know what's going on -- they're traumatized," she said. "The children don't know what's happened to them, and they're afraid and crying. It's so disturbing to know we can't do something better for them."

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