Updated: June 21, 2018
For more than a month now, the Trump Administration has been separating children from their families and locking them in cages with little more than space blankets for warmth.
For a time, the Administration wasn’t allowing anyone in to see these children — raising questions of accountability and transparency.
The veil has been lifted, somewhat, allowing us to see conditions that no child should have to live in: children locked in cages, children unable to move around freely, children forced to take care of each other because their parents have been taken away.
The photos, videos, and audio we have are from detention centers that the government has allowed access into. Conditions might be still worse in other locations.
Here are some of the photos, videos, and audio of children separated from their families that the Trump Administration and members of the media have distributed so far:
BREAKING: Border Patrol releases video of the detention facility in McAllen, Texas.
This is US government video. pic.twitter.com/kOdp5XzuEx
— Antonio Arellano (@AntonioArellano) June 18, 2018
An early look at Saturday’s front… pic.twitter.com/aU0OqAU9uA
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) June 15, 2018
“It is important to note that these minors are very well taken care of,” DHS Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen says. “Don’t believe the press.” pic.twitter.com/9Eir5lYZye
— Alt. U.S. Press Sec. (@AltUSPressSec) June 18, 2018
Got them from @CBP.
The first photos since zero tolerance was announced inside the largest Border Patrol processing station in US — McAllen’s Ursula.
This is where we toured today.
They say it’s where more kids are separated from their parents than anywhere else in the US. pic.twitter.com/yMsAo1vMKd
— Jacob Soboroff (@jacobsoboroff) June 17, 2018
“People in here are locked up in cages, essentially what look like animal kennels. I don’t know any other way to describe it”@jacobsoboroff reporting from the border detention centers pic.twitter.com/gnwFiFFmze
— Kasie DC (@KasieDC) June 17, 2018
Up to 200 children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border are being held in this tent city outside Tornillo, Texas: pic.twitter.com/2k4CweHYaU
— AJ+ (@ajplus) June 19, 2018
This is a story from flight attendant about her encounter with 16 immigrant children who were being separated from their parents at the border on a flight from Arizona to Miami. #WhereAreTheChildren
It’s absolutely heartbreaking. 😭
This needs to be retweeted far and wide. pic.twitter.com/x66SIjEfSN
— 🦋 𝒞𝒶𝓉𝒽𝓁𝑒𝑒𝓃 𝐵𝓊𝓇𝓀𝑒 🦋 (@ItsMeCathi) June 17, 2018
I’m at the Brownsville port of entry today. About 15 people are camped out on the bridge, saying that they are seeking asylum and being told to “wait.” Most have slept here for the last two nights or longer. pic.twitter.com/R3xABBsbab
— Neena Satija (@neenareports) June 19, 2018
— Jess Morales Rocketto (@JessLivMo) June 17, 2018
Under @RepCurbelo's bill:
▶️children without families will spend 30 days in Border Patrol cages
▶️children with families will spend months or years in ICE jails
— Tom Jawetz (@TomJawetz) June 20, 2018
Elsa Ortiz Enriquez is over 1500 miles away from her 8 year old son Anthony. SHE WAS DEPORTED TO GUATEMALA WITHOUT HIM. Now, he is somewhere in Texas, and she just wants to hear his voice again. pic.twitter.com/kfsB7BazMS
— Gadi Schwartz (@GadiNBC) June 21, 2018
— TIME (@TIME) June 21, 2018
A mother, 21, with her daughter, 3, arrived at the border from Guatemala on the 16th. She's scared that they'll be separated & is uncertain of their future together.
— Define American 🇺🇸 (@DefineAmerican) June 20, 2018