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CAIR Action Alert: Tell Congress Migrant Children Deserve Adequate Food, Water and Sanitation

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/24/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on all Americans of conscience to contact their elected representatives in Congress to demand they support humane conditions and treatment for migrant children.


According to lawyers who visited Clint Border Patrol station last week, hundreds of children are being held in custody without access to adequate food, water or sanitation. Toddlers without diapers are relieving themselves in their pants, children as young as seven are caring for infants they just met, and nobody has access to toothbrushes, toothpaste or soap. More than a dozen children had the flu, and several were in quarantine cells without adult supervision.

SEE: ”˜There Is a Stench’: No Soap and Overcrowding in Detention Centers for Migrant Children
250 children living under inhumane conditions at Texas border facility, doctors and attorneys say

Current rules state that children should only be held by Border patrol for 72 hours, but reports show that some children have been held for nearly a month.

“The conditions in these facilities are simply barbaric,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. “The Trump administration is advocating a punitive, xenophobic and anti-immigrant agenda that it enforces without any semblance of humanity. Today, the United States does not look like a first world nation.”

Awad added that in February, Congress released documents showing that the Department of Health and Human Services has received more than 4,500 complaints since 2014 about sexual abuse of migrant children detained in U.S. detention centers.

SEE: Thousands of Immigrant Children Said They Were Sexually Abused in U.S. Detention Centers, Report Says

CAIR’s action alert presses Congress to take urgent action to fix these inhumane conditions and highlights several pieces of legislation that would help do so, including:

  • The Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Protection Custody Act (R. 3239)
  • The Families Not Facilities Act of 2019 (R. 2217/S.388)
  • The Mental Health Care for Children Inhumanely Separated from Parents by the Federal Government Act of 2019 (R. 1336)

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims. 

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos. 


CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper,, 202-744-7726


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