‘Make a difference’

Woman leaks photos and video that give glimpse inside detention center for migrant children

Children of migrants detained in a facility in New York. (Twitter)

A woman who quit her job at a New York detention center where migrant children are held has leaked video of conditions inside the facility after suffering a crisis of conscience.

“I am here today because I feel like it’s important to make a difference,” the ex-facility worker told MSNBC, speaking under under condition of anonymity. “I feel like it’s time for everybody to stand up and stop being afraid and to actually help these children that are being separated from their parents … It’s sad to know that these children are crying for their parents. They don’t know where their parents are.”

In images shared by MSNBC, children with their faces blurred can be seen in areas resembling classrooms. In an audio clip, a facility worker can be heard telling the children, in Spanish, not to speak to reporters if they want to be reunited with their parents and have their cases resolved.

“You have to be careful not to talk,” the worker insists in the clip. “While you are here, you guys are OK. We are protecting you. We are trying to help you guys so that you can reunify with your family or whoever it be. Understood?”

In wake of public and international outrage over the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy of separating children from their parents, President Trump signed an executive order last Wednesday finally ending the practice — despite having previously claimed that only Congress could countermand it. More than 2,000 children have been separated as a result of the policy, according to the Department of Homeland Security. On Friday, ABC News reported that about 500 of those children had been reunited with their parents, though they are still being detained. And on Monday, Kevin K. McAleenan, the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, said border officials have been directed to temporarily stop handing over migrant adults caught crossing the border to authorities for prosecution, The New York Times reported.

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