Over the past four years, the situation in America for refugees and migrants has greatly worsened, reaching an unprecedented high. The "zero tolerance" policy enacted during Donald Trump's tenure, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic caused the number of refugees held at the border to skyrocket.
On August 1st, 2021, more than 2,200 unaccompanied children were in the custody of the U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP), with the majority of children of Mexican nationality being sent home.
The average time these refugee children spend in CBP is around 60 to 72 hours in facilities not appropriate for minors, with young children having to huddle together and sleep in foil blankets on mattresses on the floor.
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