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Separated Children Say Life In Detention Centers Included Cleaning Toilets, No Crying, And Daily Threats

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A federal judge ordered families to be reunited after Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy illegally detained them at the border. The Trump administration has not fulfilled the legal order but those who have been reunited are speaking out about alleged abuse. Here are some of the first accounts of what they experienced inside those makeshift detention centers.

Several children — who have been released — have spoken out about what it was like inside detention centers.

While hundreds of kids have already been reunited with at least one parent, thousands more remain in detention centers. The Trump Administration was given a July 10 deadline to return children five and under, which it did not meet, and a July 26 deadline for all children 17 and under.

According to the a U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) official, there are still 2,551 separated minors, aged 5-17, currently in government custody, and the government alleges to have parental matches for 2,480 of them.

The kids faced strict rules while being detained including no crying, no touching, no misbehaving.

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Some of the kids said that if they broke any rules, authorities there would threaten to keep them in detention longer.

“They told me, ‘If you keep doing that, you’re going to have to stay here until you’re 18,'” a 9-year-old named Diogo De Olivera Filho, a Brazilan national, told The Washington Post about his habit of sleeping late.

Outrage over the situation has grown after children opened up about being forced to scrub the floor and clean toilets in order to get their breakfast.

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According to the New York Times, the children’s duties included mopping the bathroom, scrubbing the sinks and toilets. Then they were able to “form a line for the walk to breakfast.”

“You had to get in line for everything,” Leticia, a young girl from Guatemala told The New York Times.

Another child was reportedly injected with something because he was acting out.

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A boy said that his friend from Guatemala was injected because “he would destroy things,” the New York Times reports.

When he was given these injections, he just passed out and went to sleep.

No one has been charged or accused of abuse, but some of the kids are returning to their parents with apparent bruises.

About these allegations, Mark Weber, a spokesman for the HHS, told The Washington Post that their “focus is always on the safety and best interest of each child.”

“These are vulnerable children in difficult circumstances, and HHS treats its responsibility for each child with the utmost care,” Weber told the Post. “Any allegation of abuse is taken seriously” and, “after being investigated by the department’s Office of Refugee Resettlement, ‘appropriate action is taken.'”

Political officials and immigration advocates are speaking out about the alleged abuse.

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Lawyer and president of the Covenant House, an organization that houses homeless kids, Kevin Ryan tweeted that if American kids were treated this way inside shelters they would immediately get shut down.

Cynthia Nixon, a gubernatorial candidate in New York tweeted her disdain of the treatment of these kids.

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These are among the first accounts from the children who lived these experiences. As more are reunited, more stories will be told. Mitú will publish updated stories as this accounts come to light.


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Here Are 9 Latinos Who Have Become Triple Threats In The Entertainment Industry

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Here Are 9 Latinos Who Have Become Triple Threats In The Entertainment Industry

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These talented Latinos prove skills can come in many forms—don’t ever put them (or yourself) in a box. From producing films and opening restaurants, here are nine celebs who are inspiring us to reach for las estrellas. After all, we are all capable of becoming triple threats.

1. Selena Gomez: Singer, actress and producer

Selena Gomez is the name behind one of Netflix’s most popular (and controversial) shows in the last two years, serving as an executive producer for the streaming service’s adaptation of “13 Reasons Why.” Not one to leave her music career behind, Gomez has also been belting out hits this year such as “Back to You” and “Wolves,” as well as having a guest appearance at one of Taylor Swift’s Reputation tour. And don’t forget she first emerged on the scene as an actress, starring on the Disney Channel’s “Wizards of Waverly Place.”

2. Eva Mendes: Actress, fashion designer and director

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Eva Mendes has recently put acting on hold for a bit in order to raise her family, which should be celebrated. She is still honing her skills in other areas, namely fashion design. Mendes is the face and designer behind her womenswear collaboration with New York and Company, of which she recently launched her fifth collection this past spring. She also has some writing and directing credit under her belt with the film short, “California Romanza.”

3. Gael García Bernal: Actor, singer and producer

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Before he was giving us the feels during the song “Remember Me” in Pixar’s animated feature, “Coco,” Gael García Bernal was receiving critical acclaim for his starring roles in “Mozart in the Jungle,” “The Motorcycle Diaries,”  “Amores perros” and “Y Tu Mamá También.” Behind the camera, he has executive produced films including the biographical film “César Chávez” and “Desierto,” a film about a migrant who leads a group across the U.S.-Mexico border. He also produced the upcoming Spanish-language series called “Aqui en la Tierra,” which premiered at Cannes this year.

4. Diego Luna: Actor, singer and producer

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Of course you can’t talk about Gael García Bernal without mentioning his bffl, Diego Luna. Both men are multi-hyphenates. Luna has starred in films such as “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” and partnered up with García Bernal as executive producer and director of “César Chávez.” He also sang covers for his starring role in the animated flick, “The Book of Life.” Luna and García Bernal also co-founded the Ambulante film festival, which showcases documentary films across Mexico for two months.

5. Jennifer Lopez: Actress, singer, dancer and the list goes on

What *can’t* J.Lo do? She has been wowing audiences for decades, from her killer dance moves in her Fly Girl days on “In Living Color,” her breakout acting role in the movie that will be #foreverinourhearts “Selena,” starring in romcoms including “The Wedding Planner” and “Maid in Manhattan” to singing about some bling bling on “El anillo pa cuando.” When she gets a break from all of that, she also produces and judges in the NBC television series “World of Dance.”

6. Rosario Dawson: Actress, singer and dancer

One of the OG Latina powerhouses, Rosario Dawson made her feature film debut in “Kids” back in 1995, and then went on to show off her pipes and dance skills in “Rent.” Dawson also helped create the four-issue comic book series, “O.C.T.: Occult Crimes Taskforce,” which was published in 2006.

7. Danny Trejo: Actor, producer and restaurateur

Playing the Machete character isn’t the only thing actor Danny Trejo is slays. After roles in multiple films and trying a hand at producing, the Echo Park-born-and-raised actor decided to take a bite out of the culinary world. He opened the first Trejo’s Tacos location near Miracle Mile in Los Angeles and a second one at USC Village in late 2017. Now he has six restaurants under the Trejo name, including three Trejo’s Cantinas.

8. John Leguizamo: Actor, screenwriter/playwright and producer

As the son of Colombian immigrants in Queens, John Leguizamo used his comedic skills to defend himself from school bullies. Now he isn’t needing much defending. Leguizamo is out front with his sparring comedy, displayed in his recent Broadway show, “Latin History for Morons,” which was nominated this year for a Tony Award for Best Play. He has also written and produced a variety of one-man shows on stage. Leguizamo ended up taking home a Tony Special Award for Lifetime Achievement. Apart from his Broadway accolades, he has also played major roles in feature films including “Carlito’s Way” and “Romeo + Juliet.”

9. Dulce María: Actress, singer and dancer

Mexican actress, singer and dancer Dulce María first proved her acting skills in the telenovela classic “Rebelde.” She then catapulted with her co-stars into singing by forming part of the group RBD, which originated from the telenovela. She has recorded three albums as a solo artist, with DM as her most recent album.


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