Kids are drawing pictures of themselves in cages at Trump's detention camps


A top pediatrician shared the shocking drawings from children locked in crowded cages at Trump's detention camps.

Children locked in Trump's border detention camps are drawing pictures of themselves in cages, Dr. Sara Goza told "CBS This Morning" on Wednesday.

Goza, the incoming president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, toured two of Trump's detention camps last week, and shared her experience with CBS.

"When they opened the door, the first thing that ... hit us was a smell. It was the smell of sweat, urine and feces," she said.

In a room full of unaccompanied boys, Goza said, "they had no expression on their faces, there was no laughing, there was no joking, no talking."

CBS showed the drawings Goza received from the children, which depicted young people behind bars.

Goza sounded horrified when she described the manner in which the children were detained.

"I describe them almost like dog cages with people in each of them," she said. "And the silence was just hard to watch, hard to see."

The report from one of the nation's top pediatricians follows several other reports raising serious red flags about the Trump administration's treatment of children in its custody. A group of lawyers and a doctor recently visited several detention camps to find children sleeping on cold concrete floors, denied showers, and being fed uncooked frozen meals.

In documents submitted to federal court, one child complained of "being hungry all the time."

In the same document, a 17-year-old mother describer her experience taking care of her infant. "I have been told they do not have any clothes here at this place," she said. After her child wet his pants, she was unable to get any clean clothes for him: "I am having to make sure I carry my baby super close to keep his little body warm."

One doctor compared the detention camps to "torture facilities."

Even federal agents who inspected border facilities described "dangerous overcrowding" and chastised the Department of Homeland Security for detaining children longer than allowed by law.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration isn't just refusing to address this crisis — it's arguing in court that it does not need to provide children with soap and toothbrushes, and complaining about not being allowed to lock up even more people in overcrowded cages for even longer.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.