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US government sued over substandard conditions for migrant teens

US government sued over substandard conditions for migrant teens

Washington, Aug 10 (Prensa Latina) Lawyers representing children in U.S. immigration custody asked a federal court on Monday to order the release of migrant teenagers from two emergency housing sites in Texas where minors have reported mental distress, substandard conditions, prolonged stays and inadequate services, CBS News reported.
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Other media, such as CNN, also collected statements from detainees describing how they spend time without outdoor activities, offer them semi-raw food and not even have a way to wash their own clothes.

In their lawsuit before the US District Court in L.A., the attorneys accused President the Biden administration of violating the 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement and its rules regarding the treatment of migrant children, which the federal government is legally bound to follow.

At the center of the 31-page complaint are two makeshift housing facilities for unaccompanied migrant children (over 2,500) that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) established this spring at the Fort Bliss US Army base and a camp for oil workers in Pecos, a remote town in west Texas.

The US immigration authorities last week reported a great number of migrant minors arrested in July, as they detained approximately 19,000 children at the Mexican border.

The Department of Homeland Security said it will continue to deny asylum to single adults and families, but children traveling alone are exempt from such a ban.

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