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>> More than 200 new sworn statements from migrants, parents and children about their experience in detention in the US. Describing unsanitary bathrooms, crowded cells, freezing temperatures without blankets and insufficient food. The declarations collected as part of a court case against the US government, Reuters Correspondent Reade Levinson.>> So the statements by kids as young as 13 years old are documenting their time spent in US Customs and border custody also in ICE custody and also in custody at the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is where the children go to after they're separated from their parents.
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They describe a range of conditions. I mean, it really paints a very sad and disturbing picture. Children talk about going hungry. Mothers talking about not eating and saving food for the children. Sleeping without matresses. They talk about lack of medical care.>> Many of the awful conditions described proceed the Trump administration.
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And now after the zero tolerance policy was introduced in May, migrants are spending more time holed up at these centers, sometimes six days or longer.>> These are temporary processing facilities. It's sort of like a holding cell at a county jail. It's not meant to hold someone overnight, much less for multiple days.
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In the past, people spent maybe 12 hours while they're fingerprinted, while they're photographed and put into the system. And now, these families are spending days.>> The facilities range from smaller, windowless, cement rooms, often referred to by immigrants as
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or freezers. Because they are so cold to larger spaces with indoor fencing that are referred to as dog kennels.
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>> There's one testimony that stands out to me by a 19-year -old mother named Karen, she fled from El Salvador. And in June, she went to a facility in Texas where she was held and she talks about being so cold that she switched between which child she was holding that night so that they could sleep.
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>> US Customs and Border Protection did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Immigration and customs enforcement also declined to comment citing ongoing litigation.