US border agents have neglected and physically and sexually abused more than 100 migrant children who were in their custody, according to a scathing new report.
The report from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the University of Chicago Law School International Human Rights Clinic is based on thousands of pages of records detailing accusations from 116 unaccompanied migrant children in temporary US detention centers.
Some minors accused US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents of punching or kicking them and running them over with vehicles. Others said they were tased and verbally abused by officers.
Children also complained of being deprived of edible food and water, held in freezing cells, touched inappropriately by officers and threatened with rape or death.
“Migrant children long have reported varied mistreatment in CBP custody, including sexual, physical, and verbal abuse, and the deprivation of basic needs such as…