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 • 745

  • John Edward Gallagher
    John Edward Gallagher  1 days back

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

    • John Edward Gallagher
      John Edward Gallagher  1 days 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

      • _Kaylee. anne
        _Kaylee. anne  2 days back

        Come to canada k

        • Snowflake Hunter
          Snowflake Hunter  1 weeks 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 weeks back

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

            • Craig Bigelow
              Craig Bigelow  3 weeks back

              Works Everytime its tried!

              • Craig Bigelow
                Craig Bigelow  3 weeks back

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

                • ROBERT DOUGLAS
                  ROBERT DOUGLAS  1 months back

                  It a bunch of bull.

                  • A Google User
                    A Google User  1 months back

                    Fakes news paid actors

                    • Herman Justice
                      Herman Justice  1 months back

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

                      • One World
                        One World  4 weeks 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  2 months back


                      • William Kimmons
                        William Kimmons  2 months back

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

                        • William Kimmons
                          William Kimmons  2 months back

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

                          • ron ron
                            ron ron  2 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  2 months back

                              DETAILED ILLEGAL, more bullsh*t propaganda!

                              • marcus peters
                                marcus peters  2 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  2 months back


                                  • Marlene C
                                    Marlene C  2 months back


                                    • Amigo 7
                                      Amigo 7  2 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  2 months back

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

                                        • W C
                                          W C  2 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  2 months back

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

                                            • Roci Mesa
                                              Roci Mesa  2 months back

                                              AW THIS HURTS MY HEART

                                              • Hada Moreno
                                                Hada Moreno  2 months back

                                                UK Silence is Complicity, it is possible to help these children and the unnecessary suffering of these people, we just need to raise our voices WHEREVER we are and DO SOMETHING. You don't need to become an activist and travel to the detention centres, just talking about this with your friends raising awareness, donating to NGOs such as RAICESTexas to reunite families, opening your heart and eyes about the suffering around you and social inequity. If you live in the UK please show that UK CARES and sign and share this petition in solidarity with immigrant kids. Thanks! Put pressure on US to stop using refugee detention camps! https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/265495?fbclid=IwAR0qCb1FPjsmfz6SaTpc-NlM_W8GPUbkNIcAf8Wpjg4GwB_NI-OhqQu4NSE

                                                • william Rupert
                                                  william Rupert  2 months back

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

                                                  • K S
                                                    K S  2 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  2 months back

                                                      I guess their families should have made better choices

                                                      • rabblerouser
                                                        rabblerouser  2 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  2 months back

                                                          Perhaps their parents should try entering the country legally then?

                                                          • Celisar1
                                                            Celisar1  2 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  2 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  2 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  2 months back

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

                                                                  • vecindad82
                                                                    vecindad82  2 months back

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

                                                                    • Brandee Boudreau
                                                                      Brandee Boudreau  2 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  2 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  2 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  2 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  1 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  1 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  2 months back

                                                                          @Firebenderkitty3 you mean literal children

                                                                        • Firebenderkitty3
                                                                          Firebenderkitty3  2 months back

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

                                                                      • Reagan Min
                                                                        Reagan Min  2 months back

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

                                                                        • Amalie
                                                                          Amalie  2 months back

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

                                                                      • PorkyPricklyPants
                                                                        PorkyPricklyPants  2 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  2 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  3 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  2 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  2 months back

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

                                                                          • 5P
                                                                            5P  3 months back

                                                                            Sad, but why would their parents put their kids through this. They knew they were breaking the law and would be detained.

                                                                            • Robert Hartford
                                                                              Robert Hartford  3 months back

                                                                              Considering your rag went along with using the cage picture from 2014, why should anyone believe anything you write?

                                                                              • kehinde isaac
                                                                                kehinde isaac  3 months back

                                                                                Adults wrote the script...illegal emigration is wrong. This video doesn't do anything to solve the problem, unless they are looking for pity....rather than do that why not negotiate with the govt to allow you stay temporary for a few years, and let the govt evaluate if your stay in the country adds to the economic prosperity in the country.
                                                                                If you can convince the govt that you staying in the country isn't to just take jobs from the indigens, but to also has positive impact to the local community you would get temporary Visa which, later on the governors in each state could negotiate for citizenship status when they see your impact level.

                                                                                After all imagine an ilegal immigrant creating a business that employs over 10 to 1,000 people, that person would be considered valuable to the state govt. They are foreigners from Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Mexico, etc who gain citizenship status in countries like US, UK, Canada, due to their impact levels.

                                                                                As for the kids, I suggest the govt takes care of then more, at least until they get to a certain age that they can work as interns or minor jobs while still going to highschool.

                                                                                Once they all show compliance and readiness to accept American culture and way of life, then they can be given citizenship.

                                                                                Another solution could be for the govt to create a separate state for them, so that after living there for 7 years they get citizenship to move around the country.

                                                                                Well these are just a few solutions. We should stop playing politics with people's lives. Stop stuttering the problems just to make you famous and increase your polls.
                                                                                America has over 300 million people, you can definitely get over 100 million solutions to the immigration problems

                                                                                • Gaawachan
                                                                                  Gaawachan  3 months back

                                                                                  They were detained at legal ports of entry while attempting to legally apply for asylum. I suggest you actually read news from sources worth reading from.

                                                                              • The Impaler
                                                                                The Impaler  3 months back

                                                                                So that's why prices at Walmart have gone up so much.
                                                                                All of their workers are hemmed up over here......

                                                                                • Nhoj Ogn
                                                                                  Nhoj Ogn  3 months back

                                                                                  Trump is cruel but smart......make them wanna go back.

                                                                                  • Nhoj Ogn
                                                                                    Nhoj Ogn  3 months back

                                                                                    Seven died?

                                                                                    • Giovanna Mexicano
                                                                                      Giovanna Mexicano  3 months back

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