At least 18 babies under two years of age were separated from their parents at the US border. with Mexico between 20 days and 6 months during the implementation of the policy of "zero tolerance" last year, according to a report released this Friday by Congress.
The Oversight Committee of the US House of Representatives, which is investigating the border security policy of the Administration of US President Donald Trump, revealed in that analysis that at least 2,648 minors were separated from their parents in the period of the "zero tolerance" policy.
Among those babies, nine were under one year old at the time they were separated from their parents on the border with Mexico.
The study, based on information provided by the Trump government, also concludes that several children were held in the Border Patrol facilities for more than 72 hours allowed.
When a minor is detained at the US border for attempting to enter or be illegally introduced into the country, you must be transferred to a juvenile center controlled by the Department of Health and Human Services within the first three days of admission.
The announcement of these new data comes in a week in which two hearings have been held on the conditions in which children live in detention centers for migrants.
In the one held on Wednesday, the mother of a 19-month-old Guatemalan girl, who died in May 2018 after becoming ill in an immigration detention center where she was arrested, explained in detail what happened so that her little girl died.
The debate in the lower house took place at a time when the centers to which the undocumented immigrants are taken have come under public scrutiny for the complaints, especially related to the unhealthy conditions in which the children live.
The Trump government assures that there is a humanitarian crisis on the border with Mexico, which has resulted in overcrowding in the facilities of the border authorities.
During the last months the death of six children in detention centers has been reported. The last one was known on May 23, when the authorities confirmed the death, in September 2018, of a 10-year-old Salvadoran migrant.
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