This Migrant Child Detention Center Worker Quit After Being Told To Stop Siblings Out Of Hugging

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  • 19 Jun, 2018

This Migrant Child Detention Center Worker Quit After Being Told To Stop Siblings Out Of Hugging

A team employee at a detention facility in Arizona quit his job after being told not to allow many siblings to hug, '' he told BuzzFeed News Tuesday.Davidson said when the Trump government's new policy of dividing families at the border was executed, young, terrified kids began arriving in the facility free of comprehension of what was happening or why."Kids are fearful of the dark, so imagine what it would feel like for a child when they are separated from their parents at a facility," he explained.  "An overworked and underpaid staff had to take care of the injury of these children, that necessitated a incredibly specialized instruction."Previously, Davidson said older children who had arrived in the United States unaccompanied, but who had any understanding of what awaited them, typically made up the population the centre handled.  The children would then typically wait to be connected with a sponsor.Under the policy, he explained, young children have been separated from their families and placed in detention, often at sites which lack proper staffing or adequate facilities to care for them.  "If you are 5, 6, 7, and you do not understand where your mom is, even towards the conclusion of the afternoon, these kids are going to act out," Davidson said.He added that a number of the staff members were undertrained, with only 1 week of instruction before beginning work. After that adventure, he ceased."Making $15 an hour with no benefits, you are already stressed out," he said.  "We were accustomed to dealing with children that were composed, who had been elderly.  They left by themselves.  They understood exactly what they were getting into."Davidson added that he had originally felt he was doing excellent work at the detention centre below the prior immigration policies, which was in place for many years.  He had initiated new programs and had opportunities to mentor children."When I got this order [not to enable the siblings to hug], I realized, because of the way that things were going, there could be many more scenarios that could arise where I was asked to do things I thought were immoral," he said.

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