A migrant mother claims that her 14-month-old son was “full of dirt and lice” after being separated from his family for roughly 12 weeks due to President Trump’s policy of separating families at the border.
Olivia Caceras’s claims are included in a lawsuit filed against the Trump administration’s so-called “zero tolerance” immigration policy separating families that was filed by 17 states and the District of Columbia.
“He continued to cry when we got home and would hold on to my leg and would not let me go,” Caceras said in her testimony, as reported by PBS News Hour. “When I took off his clothes, he was full of dirt and lice.”
“It seems like they had not bathed him the 85 days he was away from us,” she added.
The lawsuit accuses guards of unnecessary cruelty, psychological and verbal abuse. The Trump administration is also accused of housing detained migrants in cramped and freezing cells and accuses the
A maximum of “under 3,000” children were separated from their parents at the U.S. border under Trump’s zero tolerance policy this year, according to HHS Secretary Alex Azar.
U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw ruled late last month that the Trump administration had two weeks to reunite children under 5 with their parents and had 30 days to complete the reunifications for older children.