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Cummings: Treatment of young migrants is 'government-sponsored child abuse'





House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) called the treatment of migrant children at facilities on the U.S. border with Mexico "government-sponsored child abuse" in a news conference Thursday, according to The Dallas Morning News.


"They say they have all the supplies they need, and they say that all of the allegations of mistreatment are - and I quote - `unsubstantiated.' We will not be blinded by what we see," Cummings said Wednesday before a hearing on conditions in the facilities.


"We have seen cases where the administration has deported parents without their children and still, to this day, have not reunited those families," he added. "This is government-sponsored child abuse ... on a grand scale."


At the same conference, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) read the names of six children who died either in or shortly after leaving federal custody in the past year.


"It's important to remember them as human beings and not just faceless migrants," he said, according to the newspaper.



The Hill

11th July 2019

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