What a Lawyer Saw at Border Detention Centers

No running water. Violently ill children. A premature baby wrapped in a filthy towel. Here are five alarming conditions witnessed by an immigration lawyer at a detention center on the southern border.

Attorney Describes Horrifying Conditions Inside Detention Center

5 alarming conditions that pushed Attorney Toby Gialluca to speak out after she visited the Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, Texas. to monitor detention conditions under the Flores settlement.

Lawyers visiting a Border Patrol facility in McAllen, Texas, said officers hospitalized four severely ill toddlers last week. The four children, all under the age of 3, had diarrhea and were vomiting, feverish, and coughing. The immigration attorneys visiting the facility reported to the Huffington Post on Friday that some were refusing to eat or drink, and a two-year-old was unresponsive and her eyes had rolled into the back of her head.

Toby Gialluca, a Florida-based attorney, “described seeing terror in the children’s eyes.” Of the people she interviewed, Toby says the shortest stay was 3 days and the longest 17 days. Border detention centers open under the Trump administration have been heavily scrutinized for what many call inhumane treatment and neglect. The immigration lawyers, Gialluca included, feared that the children could have died had they not visited the center.

The administration says centers are overwhelmed, understaffed, and lack crucial resources to care for migrants. Five migrant children have died since December due to rapid spread of illnesses in the centers. The McAllen center recently quarantined three dozen migrants after a teen at the same facility died of the flu.

The lawyers initially visited the center with the intention of interviewing children about conditions in the facility, then ended up asking government officers to hospitalize the many children they met. Gialluca said she and her colleagues met with only a small fraction of migrants at the facility, the largest in the U.S. She said the number of migrants in need of hospitalization is likely much higher than those she met.

This was just a random selection found in unsanitary conditions. Immigrants are detained at length and it’s not a budget issue.


06/26/2019 1:49 AMupdated: 06/27/2019 1:11 PM
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  • Anselmo C.
    06/26/2019 01:52

    Been fighting with trumpers

  • David T.
    06/26/2019 01:53

    This is an atrocity. This will be a stain on the American conscience.

  • Alexis B.
    06/26/2019 01:54

    But the cost to the taxpayers is over $700 per child??? Who is making the money??? Follow the money... soooo sad...

  • Weedie Y.
    06/26/2019 01:56

    And this is all the white mans blaming

  • Eugene M.
    06/26/2019 01:56

    Why should American tax payers pay for illegals?

  • Efrain G.
    06/26/2019 01:57

    All this damage US did to this kids is gonna remain in they minds forever. Sad!!!

  • Brut
    06/26/2019 01:58

    For more on Toby's visit to McAllen’s Centralized Processing Center:

  • Mark M.
    06/26/2019 01:58

    Why!? Why? On earth would you ever want to treat another human being like this, let alone children. Live and let Live, One Love! 💙n✌

  • Patricia D.
    06/26/2019 01:58


  • David F.
    06/26/2019 02:01

    They can walk the other direction

  • Peter M.
    06/26/2019 02:02

    The richest nation in the world 🖕💩🇺🇸

  • Carol B.
    06/26/2019 02:09

    Disgustingly Sad

  • Laura S.
    06/26/2019 02:18

    Father please help those peoples in Jesus name! Amen!!!

  • Rhonda R.
    06/26/2019 02:20

    Sad to see people treating people like this.

  • Cindy S.
    06/26/2019 02:21

    How can we help please tell me

  • Frances M.
    06/26/2019 02:22

    Well, our US Homeless Veterans live in these same conditions and I don;t see the government doing anything about that eihter!!

  • Tammy K.
    06/26/2019 02:46

    Its a chance they took to get here.

  • Jim J.
    06/26/2019 03:24

    Give them a tent and a spot on the streets of LA and they'll be treated like our citizens......but wouldn't that be a step down from where they are... they're getting food and water + shelter...more than our vets!!

  • Teresa A.
    06/26/2019 03:26

    This is very disturbing

  • Richard A.
    06/26/2019 03:49