Border facility where migrant children are kept in horrible circumstances refuses the donation of diapers
People trying to donate diapers, soap, toothbrushes, medicines and toys to child migrants in a Texas border complex are being sent away.
The facilities have been shut down in recent days due to overcrowding that led to unsanitary conditions – with a dozen children in a McCallen detention center recently reported sick with flu
But Border Patrol agents have not allowed locals to help people detained according to Austin Savage and his five friends, who had gathered an SUV full of $ 340 in purchases from a target in El Paso that they tried to donate.
It has been reported that drinking water in the Clint facility begs for bleach and children do not have enough clothing while being held for weeks in dirty conditions without adequate food.
Lawyers raised the alarm last week after finding more than 300 children who were detained in miserable circumstances and cared for other children they are not even related to.
Evelyn Stauffer, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health and Human Services (HHS), said Monday that 249 children from the facility in Clint, Texas were taken by the office to shelters by Tuesday.
Diapers, soap, toothbrushes, medicine, and toys for migrants were not allowed on a weekend in a center in Clint, Texas. Border Patrol ignored people who bring in items in filthy conditions
The Anti-Deficiency Act states that the government must adhere to an allocation from Congress and cannot spend money or accept other donations. But people were still trying to leave items behind
Savage was surprised to be rejected by Border Patrol agents.
He told me Texas Tribune on Monday: & # 39; A good friend of mine is an immigration lawyer and he warned us that we would be rejected.
& # 39; We knew that, but it's just the idea of doing something instead of allowing it passively. & # 39;
The Anti-Deficiency Act states that the government must adhere to an allocation from Congress and cannot spend money or accept other donations.
Former US Customs and Border Surveillance Policy Adviser, Theresa Brown, said the reason is probably because it helps to separate government decisions from the interests of the private sector.
& # 39; It is partly a constitutional aspect of Congress that controls the stock market and can only spend money that Congress gives, but it is also about ethics, & # 39; said Brown to the Texas Tribune. & # 39; Without a change in the law, DHS, CPB and Border Patrol cannot accept private donations. & # 39;
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said Monday that 249 children were removed from the facility at Clint, Texas (photo)
Savage and his group are still planning to go back.
& # 39; Hopefully they say yes, but we want to show that these are not circumstances that prevent these children from being taken care of, but a policy & # 39 ;, Savage continued. & # 39; Even if we are rejected, we have certainly taken the trouble. & # 39;
But on Monday it was reported that after the transfers only 30 children remained in the center.
Elizabeth Lopez-Sandoval, spokeswoman for representative Veronica Escobar, said the rest would go to centers designed for families.
Evelyn Stauffer, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health and Human Services (HHS), said that unaccompanied children are being held for too long in detention centers where the limit should be 72 hours.
& # 39; This is a direct consequence of the unprecedented number of upcoming children, & # 39; Stauffer said, adding that the Ministry of Homeland Security referred nearly 10,000 children to them in May.
About 30 remaining people will move to a detention center for families, still no donations are allowed
Gabriel Acuña, who tried to deliver items at the Clint center this weekend, said he felt powerless and is working on a plan with the community to get around it.
He was one of many others who felt repulsed that they could not help provide a shower or towel to people in need at the border after a US Department of Justice attorney claimed in court last week that the government would not must provide basic sanitary products.
Democratic state of Rep. Terry Canales of the Edinburg district, which was neighboring the center, tweeted this weekend that the reaction of Border Patrol & # 39; ridiculous & # 39; used to be.
But he noted that he had a brief but productive conversation with Rodolfo Karisch, manager of the American Border Patrol in Rio Grande Valley, about the circumstances on Monday morning.
& # 39; We have been talking about diapers, hygiene products, and I have pressed him from a PR perspective that it looks terrible that we are not meeting their needs and that they are not accepting donations from the public, & # 39; said Canales.
& # 39; He agreed with me to some extent and said he would come back to see how we can work together. So the communication lines are open. & # 39;
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