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Audio, Images Reveal Children’s Situation Inside Hosting Facilities Where They Are Separated From Families

An audio obtained by ProPublica contains little kids sobbing and begging for their mother and father, overwhelmed consular workers trying to help, and agents joking about the chorus of crying voices.

New York-based ProPublica on Monday published a story containing the audio recorded inside one of the facilities.

According to ProPublica, the audio obtained by them was “recorded last week inside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection detention facility. The person who made the recording asked not to be identified for fear of retaliation. That person gave the audio to Jennifer Harbury, a well-known civil rights attorney who has lived and worked for four decades in the Rio Grande Valley along the Texas border with Mexico. Harbury provided it to ProPublica. She said the person who recorded it was a client who “heard the children’s weeping and crying, and was devastated by it.”

 

 

Also, Border Patrol released video of an Immigration Detention Center in McAllen, where children stay once they have been separated from their parents. Have a look: 

 

 

 

Correction: A previous version of this story said that ProPublica is based in Washington D.C. It’s been corrected with ProPublica’s right location, which is New York. 

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