Migrant Child Drawings Depict Jail-like Scenes of Detention

Migrant Child Drawings Depict Jail-like Scenes of Detention

This undated photo provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics on Friday, July 5, 2019 shows a drawing by a migrant child at the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas. The release of the pictures follows a government watchdog report warning about overcrowded South Texas facilities holding migrant families.  [Photo: American Academy of Pediatrics via AP]

This undated photo provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics on Friday, July 5, 2019 shows a drawing by a migrant child at the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas. The release of the pictures follows a government watchdog report warning about overcrowded South Texas facilities holding migrant families. [Photo: American Academy of Pediatrics via AP]

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — In one drawing, stick figures sleep on the ground under blankets watched by other figures with hats. Another picture has frowning stick figures behind what appears to be a chain-link fence. One shows two toilets in a small room. All of the drawings include imposing jail-like bars covering most of the canvas.

They were done by children asked to depict their experience in Border Patrol custody and photographed by an American Academy of Pediatrics volunteer last week. Their release follows unsettling warnings from a government watchdog about overcrowded South Texas facilities holding migrant families.

The Associated Press has obtained photos drawn by children which depict their time in Border Patrol custody. The photos were provided by a volunteer with the American Academy of Pediatrics. View the drawings, and read the story, at the link below.

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