Migrant child drawings depict jail-like scenes of detention
MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — The American Academy of Pediatrics has released photographs of drawings made by migrant children who were asked to depict their time spent in Border Patrol custody.
The canvas drawings are stark images of jail-like settings. One shows stick figures sleeping on the ground under blankets watched by other figures with hats. Another picture has frowning stick figures behind what appears to be a chain-link fence.
The release of the pictures comes after stark warnings from a government watchdog about overcrowded South Texas facilities holding migrant families.
The pediatricians’ organization says a staff member photographed the artwork that was sketched last week. The three pictures were made by two 10-year-old children and one 11-year-old at a McAllen, Texas, temporary shelter. Two of the children were Guatemalan.