ICE Kept Migrant Kids In Vans For 39 Hours During Botched Family Reunifications

ICE Kept Migrant Kids In Vans For 39 Hours During Botched Family Reunifications

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New horrors are emerging about how migrant kids were treated during Trump’s “Zero Tolerance” policy and its aftermath

It’s been a year since the country was alerted to the Trump Administration’s “Zero Tolerance” policy, which led to thousands of migrant children being separated from their parents after being detained at the border – and it’s been 11 months since a federal judge ordered all migrant families to be reunited, under threat of the law. Still, though, children fleeing terrible conditions in Central America are suffering at the hands of the U.S. government, and some of the horrors experienced by migrant children last summer are just now coming to light.

Most recently, NBC News released a disturbing chain of emails between BCFS Heath and Human Services — a non-profit organization — and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), outlining a totally botched family reunification attempt in Texas last July that left children in hot vans for up to 39 hours because ICE was totally unprepared to process them and hand them over to their parents.