Lawyers claim dangerous situation at border detention site
By CEDAR ATTANASIO, GARANCE BURKE AND MARTHA MENDOZA
EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A legal team that recently interviewed over 60 children at a Border Patrol station in Texas is warning that a dangerous and traumatic situation is unfolding for some 250 infants, children and teens locked up for up to 27 days without adequate food, water and sanitation.
They say kids are caring for each other in the Customs and Border Protection station near El Paso: Three girls, ages 10 to 15, told attorneys they've taken turns keeping watch over a 2-year-old boy.
CBP did not immediately respond to the allegations about the conditions, but has said in recent weeks that it is overwhelmed and needs more money and help from the gridlocked Congress.
The lawyers visited the facility in Clint because they are involved in a legal case that governs detention conditions for migrant children and families.
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