HARTFORD, Conn. –When Luis Miguel Diaz Calel and Anabelia Maribel Diaz Hernandez were picked up on April 14 by immigration police at the United States border they were taken to a detention center they called the “icebox.”
Calel and Hernandez, who are both 16, told their story Thursday to U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal after a press conference about the surge of illegal immigration of unaccompanied Central American children across the border.
Once they got across the border, they were picked up by police and taken to the “icebox,” which Rosario Caicedo, of Unidad Latina en Accion, described as a workhouse. Calel and Hernandez said they slept on the ground and many of the children got sick from the extreme air conditioning.
“They were not treated in the nicest way and then everything they were carrying was taken away from them,” Caicedo said explaining they didn’t report being beaten.
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