Trump administration claimed that migrant minors detained at the Southern Border do not need “soap”, “toothbrushes” or “towels,” reported Newsweek Thursday.
Sarah Fabian, who represented the Justice Department in the court room this week, said that the ruling, requiring to keep children in “safe and sanitary” facilities, “left it to the agencies” to enumerate specific requirements in order to establish sanitary conditions. According to the report, the detained children now sleep on “cold concrete floors in crowded cells with low temperatures.”
Judge Marsha Berzon questioned Fabian whether she really thought that “being able to sleep isn’t a question of safe and sanitary conditions.” Another Judge William Fletcher asked: “Are you arguing seriously that you do not read the agreement as requiring you to do anything other than what I just described: cold all night long, lights on all night long, sleeping on concrete and you’ve got an aluminum foil blanket?”
“I find that inconceivable that the government would say that that is safe and sanitary,” he added.
Reports say that at least seven children detained at the US-Mexican border have died over the past year. The actual number may differ as agencies are not required to report deaths to the government.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website