A three-year-old boy from El Salvador was recently held for several days at the Berks County Residential Center (BCRC) without his mother. The BCRC is licensed as a Child Residential and Day Treatment Facility and operates as a secure care facility providing shelter for immigrants seeking asylum in the Pennsylvania. Recently, immigration advocates have taken issue with innocent children escaping from persecution in South America being held in a prison-like detention center for long periods of time, waiting for their cases to make their way through the court system. In addition to posing no threat, advocates argue these children and their parents have an incentive to show up for court dates as they pursue their asylum claims. Thus, advocates argue that detaining them at BCRC for extended periods of time instead of allowing them to remain with family, friends, or a more suitable residential facility as they await their hearing is inhumane.
The three-year-old boy from El Salvador was held at the BCRC alone while his mother, who was detained crossing the border, was hospitalized with an unknown condition. The toddler was left alone under the care of the staff of the detention center for several days. The BCRC provided one-on-one, 24-hour care during that time. While the child was safe at all times and was provided time to play, he had a difficult time being away from his mother as evidenced by a lack of appetite and changes in behavior including tantrums and kicking at doors.
Several complaints were filed on behalf of the family and the child was ultimately transferred to his grandmother in Virginia. Officials at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency report that they will review the case.
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