Lawyers: Children detained at border facing COVID exposure

Lawyers: Children detained at border facing COVID exposure

HOUSTON (AP) – Border Patrol agents are detaining about 65 immigrant children at a station in South Texas in conditions that don’t control the spread of the coronavirus, with limited social distancing and a lack of access to soap or hand sanitizer, immigration lawyers said Friday.

A lawyer who visited the station at Weslaco, Texas, on Wednesday spoke to teenagers who had been detained there for at least three days, said Carlos Holguin, co-founder of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law.

One of the teens, a 15-year-old boy, said in an affidavit that he was allowed to shower for five minutes a day and waits to shower in a line with no room for social distancing, Holguin said. The boy said he was given a single face mask that he has to wear every day.

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A 13-year-old said in another affidavit that he is using the cloth mask he wore when he entered the U.S., Holguin said.

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