Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington described the horrible conditions that immigrant adults and children are enduring while being detained by the Trump administration.
Jayapal recalled her recent visit to a prison, where many of these immigrants are being held, on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes”:
They were sitting in a room next to the room where their child was being held in some cases, and they could hear the children screaming for their parents.
Heartbreaking. And their treatment in the ICE and border patrol facilities was just outrageous. I have worked on immigration issues for 20 years, and this is about as bad as I’ve seen it.
In many cases, they were not given water to drink for five days. They had a sink in their cell, and that water was dirty chlorinated water, and that’s what they had to drink. One woman said she was hit twice by border patrol right here just below her eye on her cheekbone.
Jayapal noted that asylum-seekers, who had their children taken from them under a new policy implemented by Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, had not even had an initial hearing to determine if they have credible claims for asylum:
They are strong courageous women escaping rape, gang violence, murder, political persecution, coming to the United States. They want to do this legally.
Some of the women had been given these little slips of paper, white slips of paper, that had their name and then their kids’ names. And one woman said to me, “These are not my children.” The names that were listed on the paper were not even her children.
(Source: MSNBC via Twitter)