A former government ethics head has criticized the Trump administration for its attempts to allow Customs and Border Protection child detention facilities to continue providing inadequate provisions to migrant kids.
Walter Shaub, who served as the director of the United States Office of Government Ethics during the Obama administration and briefly during the first few months of the administration of President Donald Trump, sent out a tweet lambasting the administration for its continued efforts to justify how they’ve treated children so far.
According to reporting from the New York Times, conditions for migrant children, who are being detained by the administration in facilities across the country, are severely lacking.
In one assessment of a facility in Texas, children had been wearing filthy clothes and were unable to bathe, and some of the younger ones had soiled diapers on that were unchanged. Children who had been crying were “caked” in snot and tears, the Times reported, and some of the kids had been taking care of each other when adults had refused to help them. There were also reports of no access to soap or toothbrushes.
U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee ruled on Friday that the Trump administration must begin efforts to rectify these egregious outcomes. A joint report from the administration, as well as from those bringing forward the claims of maltreatment, is due on July 12 back to Gee, who will assess whether the administration is doing a better job or not, CNN reported.
Shaub’s tweet was in response to that story. He stated how he was disappointed that things had come to this point.
The most horrifying part of this story is that the Justice Department fought to prevent these doctors from having access to the children, even making a a last ditch argument to delay the doctor visits for further briefs and arguments. Twisted monsters. https://t.co/Q7TNM8MirV
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) June 30, 2019
“The most horrifying part of this story is that the Justice Department fought to prevent these doctors from having access to the children, even making a a last ditch argument to delay the doctor visits for further briefs and arguments,” Shaub wrote.
He concluded his tweet by calling the DOJ “twisted monsters” for their efforts at fighting against making conditions better for migrant children.