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Groups Allege Abuse Of Child Immigrants At Border

A coalition of advocacy groups says it has documented more than 100 allegations of mistreatment of unaccompanied immigrant children arrested by U.S. border authorities.

Complaint Claims Abuse At Border
Multiple advocacy groups file a complaint with Department of Homeland Security that alleges mistreatment of unaccompanied immigrant children arrested by U.S. border authorities.
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The groups filed an administrative complaint Wednesday with the Department of Homeland Security that says more than 80 percent received inadequate food and water, about half were denied medical care, and about one of every four was physically abused.

The Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project and three other organizations say they documented 116 cases in interviews with children who were in Customs and Border Protection custody. The interviews occurred from around March to May.

The complaint comes amid a surge of unaccompanied children from Central America crossing in South Texas. Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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