US Returns Separated Toddler To Parent Unwashed And Covered In Lice

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In a Monday court filing, accounts of family separations bring home the reality of President Trump's immigration policy.

A new court filing in a lawsuit brought by attorneys general in 17 states and the District of Columbia against the Trump administration, the effects of immigrant family separations are on full display.

PBS Newshour provides a glimpse, culling a dozen accounts out of nearly 100 published in the filing.

“(My son) is not the same since we were reunited. I thought that, because he is so young he would not be traumatized by this experience, but he does not separate from me. He cries when he does not see me. That behavior is not normal. In El Salvador he would stay with his dad or my sister and not cry. Now he cries for fear of being alone.”

— Olivia Caceres was separated from her 1-year-old son in November at a legal point of entry. The boy’s father, who was seeking asylum, remains detained, Caceres said. It took three months for Caceres to get her son back from government custody. According to her testimony, she said that after reuniting with her toddler, “he continued to cry when we got home and would hold on to my leg and would not let me go. When I took off his clothes he was full of dirt and lice. It seemed like they had not bathed him the 85 days he was away from us.”

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ScottW
ScottW

I've heard some people arguing that the people in border control are only enforcing the law...and if we want to change this disgraceful situation we need to change the laws they enforce. But I guarantee you these people would have more compassion for a stray dog than they have for these immigrants. There isn't a law that's going to change how they view immigrants.