AAP tweet about drawings made by migrant children recently released from CBP detention

The Drawings By Migrant Children Released From Detention Are Deeply Depressing

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released photos of drawings made by young children who had just been released from Customs and Border Patrol custody and they are devastating. The black-and-white stick-figure drawings by 10 and 11-year-olds show frowning or expressionless faces, children sleeping on the floor under the watch of guards, and crisscrossed lines depicting cages.

These drawings hammer home the warnings from the AAP about the effects of family separation and detention on young kids.

“Studies of detained immigrants, primarily from abroad, have found negative physical and emotional symptoms among detained children, and posttraumatic symptoms do not always disappear at the time of release,” the AAP wrote in their report on the effects of detaining migrant children. “Young detainees may experience developmental delay and poor psychological adjustment, potentially affecting functioning in school.”

The same report, as well as first-hand accounts from AAP agents, describe filthy and inhumane conditions inside these detention centers.

“When they opened the door the first thing that we, that hit us, was the smell,” incoming AAP President Dr. Sara Goza told CBS News. “It was the smell of sweat, urine, and feces.”

It’s no wonder that the drawings coming out of these kids are so grim. Goza also noted that though there was overcrowding, there was very little child-like behavior coming out of the children in these cages: “There was no laughing, no joking, no talking.”

Many people are disturbed by the drawings and the glimpse they offer into the mindset of children who have already been released from custody.

So glad tens of millions of dollars were spent on a military parade that didn’t happen yesterday while this is going on.