Two weeks ago, a government watchdog reported “dangerous overcrowding” and the “prolonged detention of children and adults” at facilities in South Texas. These alarming reports are no accident. They are the direct result of maliciously engineered policies enacted by the federal government to prevent people from lawfully seeking safety in the United States.
The dehumanization of migrants, including children, is happening in our backyard – right here in Texas. Many children are being held in metal cages while others are being denied clean clothes or showers in facilities where disease is spreading. There is also dangerous overcrowding, and they are not given enough food and water.
The disturbing pattern of abuse at the hands of government agencies are not reflective of our values. These agencies are allowed to operate in the shadows with little to no transparency, and the results have been horrific. This is unacceptable, and we cannot wait any longer to stop these inhumane policies and actions.