Recording of crying children at border adds to outrage

Elias Hubbard
June 19, 2018

Ten Central American children who were separated from their parents by immigration authorities are heard in the clip, along with some adults. They are harder to send back. At one point, amid a chorus of cries, a male Border Patrol agent speaks up as well. "Well, we have an orchestra here", he jokes. "What's missing is a conductor".

She also said that Congress can fix these problems. "Are you going to call my aunt so that when I'm done eating, she can pick me up?" the child asks in Spanish.

Listen to ProPublica's full audio above.

Melania Trump has criticised the United States government's immigration policy of separating children from their parents at the border - a measure introduced by her husband's administration last month. More than 100 of those children are under the age of 4.

Condemnations of the policy have been swift and sharp, including from some of the administration's most reliable supporters. "The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility".

Democrats and some in Mr Trump's own Republican Party have strongly condemned the administration.

This combination photo shows, from left, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Melania Trump, Rosalynn Carter and Laura Bush, who have independently expressed their concern about migrant children being torn from parents at the Mexico border.

President Donald Trump emphatically defended his administration's policy Monday, again falsely blaming Democrats.

The former would, among other things, reduce family separation.

Since Attorney-General Jeff Sessions announced the policy, almost 2,000 children have been taken away from their parents.

"I think that they reflect the focus of those who post such pictures and narratives", Nielsen said. A Border Patrol spokesman echoed that thought in a written statement. She declined to answer questions about the CBP facility where the audio recording came from, citing the client's privacy needs.

According to ProPublica, the clip was obtained from prominent civil rights lawyer Jennifer Harbury who was given the audio by an unidentified individual who recorded the children in a detention centre. Ms Harbury then provided the recording to ProPublica.

The wife of 43rd President George W. Bush said the converted stores and tent cities that children are housed in hearken back to the cruel Japanese-American internment camps of World War II, which she called "one of the most shameful episodes in USA history".

The client told the news agency that the children in the recording appeared to be between four and 10 years old.

Not much, except that they seem to be seizing on the issue to press Republicans to break from the president ahead of the midterm elections. But the children were inconsolable.

Fast forward to Trump, who campaigned on building a border wall, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who derided these longtime USA immigration practices as "catch and release".

The aunt told ProPublica that her sister and niece left for the U.S. from El Salvador more than a month ago. "Imagine getting a call from your 6-year-old niece".

"I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our global boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel", she wrote. She says, "I promise I'll behave, but please get me out of here".

Even though he ended an Obama-era program that allowed undocumented immigrants brought as children to avoid deportation, he also said that they were "terrific people" and that he wanted a legislative solution that showed "great heart".

"We can not allow that to happen to the United States". They are from a small town called Armenia, about an hour's drive northwest of the Salvadoran capital, but well within reach of its crippling crime waves. She said gangs were everywhere in El Salvador: "They're on the buses".

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