Children are being sent back to a Trump administration facility where they were forced to sit in filth and sleep on cold concrete floors.
According to the New York Times, a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official also told reporters on the call, "I personally don't believe these allegations."
But those allegations arose from visits to two facilities by lawyers for the children being detained, as well as a board-certified physician. According to interviews with dozens of children being detained, kids were being fed uncooked frozen food, forced to sleep on concrete floors, and had not had showers in weeks.
In one instance, lawyers saw a "2-year-old boy, he wasn't wearing a diaper and had wet his pants, and his shirt was smeared in mucus." Three children, aged 10 to 15, took turns looking after the toddler because no one else was there to do it, according to accounts given to the Associated Press.
Dolly Lucio Sevier, the physician, wrote that the conditions "could be compared to torture facilities."
"I can't imagine my child being there and not being broken," she told ABC News.
After the reports emerged, the Trump administration removed all but 30 children from the Clint Border Patrol station, one of the facilities visited by the doctor and lawyers.
"Children do not belong in detention," Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX), who represents the area near the Clint facility, said at the time. Trump's policies "are only harming children and promoting needless and cruel family separation," she added. "This must end."
But instead of ending the cruelty, Trump officials are returning children to the same facility where they experienced such deplorable conditions.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.