Immigrant Baby Reunited With Mom Covered In Lice

Immigrant Baby Reunites With Mom Covered In Lice: ‘My Son Is Not The Same’

Immigration: The Outcry Over the Separation of Families
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First-hand stories of immigrant children separated from their parents are gutwrenching

The Trump administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy separated more than 2,000 kids from their parents. Now, some of those families are finally being reunited and we’re starting to hear first-hand accounts of the way children were treated in detention centers. The stories are heartbreaking and clearly demonstrate abuse. One in particular — about an immigrant baby covered in filth and lice — will destroy you.

Two weeks ago, seventeen U.S. states filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration, saying that their policy of separating immigrant families broke the fifth amendment. They demanded that the government hand over information about everyone detained ASAP, and submitted more than 900 pages worth of accounts from immigrants, officials, and medical professionals about the horrible repercussions of the administration’s policy.

One particular story involved a 14 month old boy, who was returned to his mother Olivia Caceres after three months in custody. When she finally got to hold him again, she found that he was covered in dirt and lice.

“It seemed like they had not bathed him the 85 days he was away from us,” Caceres said, per PBS. “…He continued to cry when we got home and would hold on to my leg and would not let me go.”

Caceres added that her son is “not the same” since they reunited. “I thought that, because he is so young he would not be traumatized by this experience, but he does not separate from me. He cries when he does not see me. That behavior is not normal,” she said. “In El Salvador he would stay with his dad or my sister and not cry. Now he cries for fear of being alone.”

This story quickly spread across the internet, and people took to Twitter to express outrage over this repulsive, dehumanizing treatment.