Illegal immigrant children that were sent to “emergency shelters” in the U.S. have testified about the horrible conditions they were subjected to inside these shelters.
Seventeen testimonials filed in a court case on June 21 describe crowded living conditions, spoiled food, lack of clean clothes, struggles with depression, difficulty sleeping under bright lights, and infrequent calls with family members.
The children who testified range in age from 9 to 17, and mostly come from countries like Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.
The testimonials offer an inside look into the conditions in the hastily constructed network of emergency shelters that were built by the Biden administration. They also show that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris — who was put in charge of the illegal immigration crisis — have failed at their jobs.
The unprecedented surge at the southern border — which is a direct result of campaign promises and current policies from Joe Biden — has led to children being moved more quickly out of crowded Border Patrol facilities and into emergency shelters “as part of efforts to connect them with family members or other sponsors in the United States,” according to reporting by Global News.
The illegal immigrant children’s testimonials, which were recorded between March and early June, show that the Biden administration is failing to provide adequate care for the more than 14,500 unaccompanied children who are currently in the care of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
A thirteen year old girl from Honduras said in her testimony that she had been placed on a suicide watch list during her time at an emergency shelter at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas.
“The food here is horrible,” she wrote. “Yesterday we were given hamburgers but I couldn’t eat it because there was a foul odor coming from the bread… I really only eat popsicles and juice because that is the only food that I can trust.”
A seventeen year old girl from Guatemala, who was also at Fort Bliss, described sleeping in a large tent with around 300 other girls, in cots stacked on top of each other. She noted that it was difficult to sleep because of the rattling noises that the tent’s metal beams made at night, and said that dirt often came into the tent.
The same girl also said that she hadn’t been able to get any information about her case, and that she had difficulty getting an appointment with a counselor to discuss her depression.
“A lot of the girls here cry a lot,” she said. “A lot of them end up having to talk to someone because they have thoughts of cutting themselves.”
A fourteen year old girl from Guatemala who was held at an emergency facility in Houston said it was very hot in the facility and she was often thirsty. She made several accusations about the conditions in the facility, including that the girls had to drink expired milk when they ran out of water, and that eight girls fainted due to the heat and lack of water and were taken to a nearby hospital.
A seventeen year old from Honduras described sleeping in a large area in the Dallas convention center, where they had been told there were a total of 2,600 kids.
“I feel asphyxiated having so many people around me,” the teen said in a declaration dated March 29.
“There is no one here I can talk to about my case,” the teen continued. “There’s also no one here I can talk to when I’m feeling sad. There’s no one here; I just talk to God. It helps me and I cry. It would help if I could have a Bible.”