That hundreds of minors are being held at U.S. border facilities beyond legal time limits is a grave violation of children’s rights. Simply put, this practice is un-American.
Children and families are fleeing the only home they’ve known because of violence, extreme poverty and unrest. When you consider the greatness of the United States and our history, have we really reached the point at which we’re detaining kids? And now we’re watching the federal government hold children in custody — without access to mandated safeguards and services — for double the time federal law and court orders allow? What is our great nation coming to?
Save the Children is calling on Congress and the president to provide additional funding to address the humanitarian needs at the border and to develop a long-term solution to prevent this from continuing.