A new report by Amnesty International has found the United States locks up more than 5,000 children a year who enter the country illegally and alone. They are often held in harsh conditions without access to lawyers.
Amnesty reports some are jailed with criminals, strip-searched, shackled, and physically abused, in violation of international accords. This all comes in violation of a 1985 US court ruling that children in immigration custody must be treated with ’’dignity, respect, and special concern for their vulnerability as minors.”
Amnesty went on to say children from all over the world, from toddlers to teens, are held for months and sometimes years while US authorities decide whether to grant them political asylum or humanitarian resettlement.