Hear the Words of Detained Migrant Children | NYT Opinion

  • Published: 18 July 2019
  • In the video Op-Ed above, children read testimonies given by young migrants detained in Customs and Border Protection facilities. They reveal harrowing stories of children living in cages, going hungry and tending to infants without their parents.

    Border Patrol has been detaining thousands of children, sometimes for weeks, in conditions no child anywhere should suffer. At a June hearing before a federal appeals court, judges were stunned by the administration’s arguments that these children were kept in “safe and sanitary” facilities, as required by the Flores Settlement.

    The overcrowding, long stays and inhumane, possibly illegal living conditions are a result of the Trump administration’s cruel immigration policies and mismanagement of the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the border agency.

    Barring exceptional circumstances, the legal limit for Border Patrol to detain children is 72 hours. The agency is then supposed to transfer children to the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement for a maximum of 20 days. But the resettlement office has been keeping children far longer, creating a backlog across the entire system. As a result, Border Patrol centers have not been quickly processing unaccompanied children and migrant families, who have recently been crossing the border in record-breaking numbers.

    Detained children provided the testimonies read in this video to lawyers who visited Border Patrol centers as part of an ongoing investigation of detention facilities.

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Comments • 758

  • Sharon Palmer
    Sharon Palmer  4 days back

    These children look a lot better than the American children who are homeless and living in tents. Than America dhs cps takes children from parents and never get reunited. Where is that outrage

    • Jordan Carpenter
      Jordan Carpenter  1 weeks back

      Good news: China is now the new world leader and We(USA) are in clearly and fast decline now!

      • chucku00
        chucku00  2 weeks back

        Anne, ma soeur Anne...

        • D e x
          D e x  3 weeks back

          In keeping with the 2019 Trump Administrations Halloween party on Oct. 25 at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building with a children's activity of the theme "Build the Wall" where children put paper bricks with their names on them, building "The Wall", why doesn't someone build a brick wall, with the names of every child missing due to the Trump Administrations child separation policy. The "What I want to be is..." notes can say things like "not used as a drug mule" or "not human trafficked" or "not dead" or simply "no longer lost" or just "found".

          • FuzzyAppleBong
            FuzzyAppleBong  3 weeks back

            I watched a 3 minute hug, The 28 minute documentary on Netflix. The love of family that's in their eyes is a beauty that's undeniable. After making it passed such a long and dangerous journey with the passion for a better life, The power of love and passion they still hold should be respected dearly in America. They should be welcomed here, Because that love through so much pain is a natural power even those who grew up here in America lack. ActBlue makes easy to make a donation to the variety of charities working to help these genuine and beautiful people, Here's their link if you feep like making a donation this Thanksgiving or Christmas💕 https://secure.actblue.com/donate/kidsattheborder , https://secure.actblue.com/donate/scfamilies. 🎄 These beautiful human beings deserve to be treated like so.

            • FuzzyAppleBong
              FuzzyAppleBong  3 weeks back

              https://youtu.be/k6YCxXQ6Scw : A change is Gonna come - Aretha Franklin 💕

              • əˈnɒnɪməs Corrieres TV

                Can't their own countries do something. They get arrogant when they come here. I'm hungry too, I and my children need eat too.i don't go to South America...

                • əˈnɒnɪməs Corrieres TV
                  əˈnɒnɪməs Corrieres TV  3 weeks back

                  Will ElSalvador south Americans do something for our homeless people. Or will they western union your money to their relatives.

              • XxIRISH 4SSINxX
                XxIRISH 4SSINxX  1 months back

                I watched this in class and some people were laughing

                • John Edward Gallagher
                  John Edward Gallagher  1 months back

                  the kid in the blue check shirt was photo shopped poorly.

                  • John Edward Gallagher
                    John Edward Gallagher  1 months back

                    This is obnoxious that the New York Time had these kids read statements like this. Their parents committed crimes and the shirt was purched at macey;s

                    • Charlie the Service Dog In Training

                      Come to canada k

                      • Snowflake Hunter
                        Snowflake Hunter  2 months back

                        “That is our direct message to the families in Central America: Do not send your children to the borders.If they do make it, they’ll get sent back. More importantly, they might not make it.” Barack Hussein Obama 2014

                        The presence of so many illegal immigrants makes a mockery of all those who are going through the process of immigrating legally.” Barack Hussein Obama 2010

                        • R.W
                          R.W  2 months back

                          The NYT (New York Trash) obviously coached these kids in what to say.

                          • Craig Bigelow
                            Craig Bigelow  2 months back

                            Works Everytime its tried!

                            • Craig Bigelow
                              Craig Bigelow  2 months back

                              Shoot shovel and SHUT UP!
                              That's our new immigration plan!👍

                              • ROBERT DOUGLAS
                                ROBERT DOUGLAS  2 months back

                                It a bunch of bull.

                                • A Google User
                                  A Google User  2 months back

                                  Fakes news paid actors

                                  • Herman Justice
                                    Herman Justice  3 months back

                                    How do trump and Steven Miller sleep at night.. no

                                    • One World
                                      One World  2 months back

                                      Trump doesn't sleep at night. Every second of perdition imposed on these people---who are born with magnitudes greater integrity and spiritual substance than the sum of all members of the Trump atrocity---is an aphrodisiac to him. This is the stuff that makes him BIG. Really big, really powerful, really cruel. The worse, the better....... which happens also to be the premise of his entire term-to-date's achievements beyond his corneas. Those corneas are the outermost limits of his Universe..... well, maybe end of his nose but that's a stretch. In the Universe of His Brilliant Majesty, he and his image are the sole occupants...... just him and the one in the mirror; we'll call that one "Pmurt".

                                      See, in a globally broadcast statement, Trump admitted to the entire world, in front of his wife, "I'm AFRAID of those young.....strong.....and LARGE men (in the caravan)." Yes, we're clear on that.
                                      No amount of foot-stomping, door-slamming, storming-out-of-meetings, bigotry-spewing tantrum would get the ones with the serenity and insight (i.e; Pelosi, Schumer) to budge on that Wall of Nobody's-Freedom-It's-All-About-Me-Me-Me-Me budget allocation. Those caged brown-skinned Spanish-speaking people in his Magical Kingdom along the border are meeting his objectives, though. Kinda like the arresting hook on an aircraft carrier, maybe a little more like crash-test dummies, Trump's been victorious in slamming those lives to a halt, and as indicated above, it's an aphrodisiac......just the perfect medicine for all that rage. It can barely get better for him, having absolute unconditional control over those families' lives. Didn't get the $5 billion, so take it out on somebody........how about a vulnerable people? Already forfeited the only world they had, walked/hopped box cars 1,300 miles, only to become ensnared in a sphincter that awaited them in stealth.
                                      What...... didja think American government practiced virtuous principles? Where'd you hear that? So sorry but in 1979 when Vietnamese citizens fled in sustained panic on boats to escape the internal "ethnic cleansing" to eradicate anyone with Chinese heritage in their lineage, Americans responded to the term "boat people" with "SINK'EM!!!!!!". One said it, millions parroted........ made 'em look real big and above all, patriotic. "Not one penny o' MY tax dollars is gonna mop up some foreigner's mess....... " That's a "Send Her Back" kinda thing, but race and tax dollars fueled that wave of contempt. Well, brown skin and black hair certainly contributed.
                                      The only thing worse to a white American supremacist or even racist than one o' them Orientals is a brown skin with a different texture of hair. Pigment and hair texture separate the Asian from the African. Deep. Meaningful. Enticing. Inspiring.
                                      Trump can't care less about the Honduran taxi driver who's been returning home at end of day and week short of expected earnings. To him, sounds like terrible planning for contingencies. He's extraordinarily gifted with financial planning, and only after years of knuckle-busting, lower-back-agony, nose to the brownstone (his own) toil and labor was he able to even open a bank account. "Nobody knows exhaustion like I do". "Nobody knows risk and winning like I do". "Nobody believes my fabricated atrocities like I do".

                                      Our cab driver was paying taxes to a gang for protection against ANOTHER gang. Once they'd drained his entire income and he came up short on the drop, they killed him. To Trump, it's what he gets for coming up short. Double his hours, invest in a retirement fund, maybe gamble..... they do have casinos there, right? Life is risks. Just ask the Donald. How about that U.S.government shutdown that painted that smug smirk of triumph below those dots for eyes?
                                      Every one attached in any way to the plight of these children and the families has a certain trait I've actually envied....... "I don't care cuz I don't got to".

                                  • Saadia ahmad
                                    Saadia ahmad  3 months back


                                    • William Kimmons
                                      William Kimmons  3 months back

                                      But NYT is just using this to drum up anti-Trump fervor. Election meddling at its finest.

                                      • William Kimmons
                                        William Kimmons  3 months back

                                        Problems created by both parties. That's the truth.

                                        • ron ron
                                          ron ron  3 months back

                                          Fake, how are we supposed to take this at face value, they are probably lying to get sympathy so they can flood America and turn this great country into a crappy country like the ones they are coming from, and sending America into a horrible country like theirs

                                          • Prophet YouTube
                                            Prophet YouTube  3 months back

                                            DETAILED ILLEGAL, more bullsh*t propaganda!

                                            • marcus peters
                                              marcus peters  3 months back

                                              " I know i am illegal. I know my parrents recklessly put me in this position, and they caused my dispare,
                                              and they had me even though we have no food or home. Please let me in so I can much off the free system the U.S. is stupid enough to hand out to everybody in the whole world wants to live on hand outs"

                                              • Official V
                                                Official V  3 months back


                                                • Marlene C
                                                  Marlene C  3 months back


                                                  • Amigo 7
                                                    Amigo 7  3 months back

                                                    Sorry sweet your mom or dad or both are criminals because they broke the law coming here without permission. So you need to go back with your mommy and daddy and make your country Great Again like we did. We can not steal another countries future by taking away the best people. What will happen to those countries if all the hard workers leave. It will be destroyed by corruption and criminals, So sweetie go back with your parents and Make your country Great Again. You don't belong here, we have our own little hungry children we have to take care of First. Good Luck

                                                    • Mike Oxlong
                                                      Mike Oxlong  3 months back

                                                      *Meanwhile with all the homeless Americans* "Hey, don't forget about us and our kids.

                                                      • W C
                                                        W C  3 months back

                                                        Make all the bleeding heart morons running there mouths take in the migrants into there Holmes and pay for there care !! Nobody ask them to come and once there here all they do is complain and try to force there crap on us ! It’s simple the USA has enough kids that were born here and need the help the migrants are NOT the tax payers problem or is it our job to provide for them the USA needs to take care of our own FIRST and put a stop to letting these future threats from even coming here let it be known there wasting there time !!

                                                        • Ron C
                                                          Ron C  3 months back

                                                          Nice dress for someone just caught jumping the border. This is pure propaganda at its finest.

                                                          • Roci Mesa
                                                            Roci Mesa  3 months back

                                                            AW THIS HURTS MY HEART

                                                            • william Rupert
                                                              william Rupert  3 months back

                                                              This is, of course, nonsense. "24/7 medical care on site"....can your kids afford that???

                                                              • Karla Smith
                                                                Karla Smith  3 months back

                                                                We have laws. It’s sad that kids are being used to bring sympathy to law breakers and teaching them that breaking laws is all good as long as things aren’t working out for them at the moment.

                                                                • rabblerouser
                                                                  rabblerouser  4 months back

                                                                  I guess their families should have made better choices

                                                                  • rabblerouser
                                                                    rabblerouser  4 months back

                                                                    I guess we should allow all of the poor and sickly people in the world into the USA without any background checks? Is that the only resolution that you crazy democrats can come up with? If you really cared about your own fellow citizens or even the people trying to immigrate into the USA you would stop promoting illegal immigration as if these criminals have a right to our tax dollars just because they crossed our borders?! Don’t you think we have a hard enough time taking care of the poor people we already have? So instead of fixing that you just want more poor people?!

                                                                    • rabblerouser
                                                                      rabblerouser  4 months back

                                                                      Perhaps their parents should try entering the country legally then?

                                                                      • Celisar1
                                                                        Celisar1  4 months back

                                                                        Everything in the video is a direct violation of human rights and with that inhumane and also against the law since the USA have signed the legally binding Convention on the Rights of a Child.

                                                                        • Alexandra violetbabygirl
                                                                          Alexandra violetbabygirl  4 months back

                                                                          CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY !!!
                                                                          I don't care if we're the United States
                                                                          where is the UN and why isn't our government being charged with crimes against humanity somebody do something!! I'm pleading for the UN to get involved those people are being treated like we are third world country that can cage people it's not right !!
                                                                          I am an American citizen cannot seem to do anything about it because our government right now is not being American. We need help from the UN please help! send out now!

                                                                          • Reo Ality
                                                                            Reo Ality  4 months back

                                                                            Well it's too bad your parents do not know how to protest their government and change things, sorry but in America we had a revolution and a civil war, it's hard I wish I could claim my neighbors Corvette as my own but it's not mine.

                                                                            • Fabiola Martinez
                                                                              Fabiola Martinez  4 months back

                                                                              HOW ARE THESE KIDS STILL IN CAGES???? Trump is a monster!

                                                                              • vecindad82
                                                                                vecindad82  4 months back

                                                                                I can't believe we have concentration camps in 2019 In THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!

                                                                                • Brandee Boudreau
                                                                                  Brandee Boudreau  3 months back

                                                                                  omg if only everyone saw it the way you do! I said the very same thing in my comment. Trump is obsessed with hitler and hes doing no different than he did.

                                                                              • NeonTwirl
                                                                                NeonTwirl  4 months back

                                                                                Why is it suddenly the american's fault that these childrens parents *illegaly* tried to cross the border, were *detained* for their *crimes* , and made the decision to take that risk and jeopardize their children. I don't think these people really deserve their kids if they are willing to do that.

                                                                                • E W
                                                                                  E W  4 months back

                                                                                  Poor children, such a shame. Sounds like they are living in a WIN Homeless Shelter. Who treats children like this? Even if donations were sent they won't receive them.

                                                                                  • AwesomeGlitter123
                                                                                    AwesomeGlitter123  4 months back

                                                                                    This is the United States. America. “Land of the free, home of the brave.”
                                                                                    How can this be happening?
                                                                                    Why aren’t we doing anything?
                                                                                    How can we condemn other countries for treating people poorly when we aren’t any better?

                                                                                    • TRUTH FTW
                                                                                      TRUTH FTW  3 months back

                                                                                      Other countries treat their own people like crap and prevent them from leaving. These people are coming here, uninvited. Why are you even comparing the two?

                                                                                    • Firebenderkitty3
                                                                                      Firebenderkitty3  3 months back

                                                                                      @Thotaku TM Age doesn't matter. They are still illegal aliens, whether they are 1 day old or 100 years old.

                                                                                    • Thotaku TM
                                                                                      Thotaku TM  3 months back

                                                                                      @Firebenderkitty3 you mean literal children

                                                                                    • Firebenderkitty3
                                                                                      Firebenderkitty3  3 months back

                                                                                      Land of the free and home of the brave - speaking about American citizens. Not illegal aliens.

                                                                                  • Reagan Min
                                                                                    Reagan Min  4 months back

                                                                                    It slightly unconvicing when you see a kid wearing an Apple watch and reading from the script.

                                                                                    • Amalie
                                                                                      Amalie  4 months back

                                                                                      They're not the actual kids, they're reading the letters from the detained kids

                                                                                  • PorkyPricklyPants
                                                                                    PorkyPricklyPants  4 months back

                                                                                    This was not the intention of "birthright citizenship", which was to ensure that the children of freed slaves were declared citizens of the United States. Since its intended purpose is no longer needed, it should be removed. It is being abused by illegal aliens and it is doing harm to American citizens.

                                                                                    • Kaa Pii
                                                                                      Kaa Pii  4 months back

                                                                                      Shame on you New York Times !!!
                                                                                      That's pretty low... using children to spread lies for the media. Bet they dont pay them for performing. That's child labor without pay. Despicable
                                                                                      Child abuse. 😯

                                                                                      • John Morsette
                                                                                        John Morsette  4 months back

                                                                                        Reading from a script to push an agenda way to exploit children I want to see the proof this kid was in a detention center

                                                                                        • John Morsette
                                                                                          John Morsette  4 months back

                                                                                          @Amalie no shut I figured that I was referring to the child that supposedly wrote the letter with how fake the liberal media I woundnt pit it past them to have staff members write them pretending to be children in detention centers

                                                                                        • Amalie
                                                                                          Amalie  4 months back

                                                                                          These kids are American citizens, they're just reading the letters from the detained children.