‘There is a Stench’ at the Southern Border

Young people crowded into migrant detention centers on America’s southern border are facing deplorable conditions, according to lawyers who visited a facility in Clint, Texas last week.

Kids are left caring for infants. Detainees haven’t been able to shower, brush their teeth or wash their clothes since they arrived—some as much as a month ago, The New York Times reported. Many children are quarantined with the flu.

“There is a stench,” said Elora Mukherjee of the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at Columbia Law School. A Clinton-era legal settlement allows the attorneys to inspect government detention of migrant children and families.

The agreement requires “safe and sanitary” conditions for detainees; a Justice Department lawyer argued that the settlement did not specify that the government’s obligations extended to hygienic items, AP reported.

The reports follow warnings of “dangerous overcrowding” in adult detention facilities.

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