Why donating diapers isn’t the best way to help immigrant children detained at the border

Surprise inspections by the Department of Homeland Security have uncovered “dangerous overcrowding” in facilities where immigrants are being detained at the border, leaving some Americans to wonder once again how they can help detained families and children.

A report by the DHS Office of Inspector General detailed how inspectors saw more than 50 children younger than 7 years old, some of whom had been detained more than two weeks, despite a rule that the Border Patrol can only detain children for 72 hours. During unannounced visits, inspectors saw that at three of the five facilities, children had no access to showers, some had limited access to a change of clothes, and there were no laundry facilities.

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