- Migrant children are being forced to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in shelters after authorities separated them from their parents.
- The children are forced to recite the pledge in English every morning “out of respect.”
- This is occurring at Casa Padre, the country’s largest shelter for migrant children, which gained attention for its cramped sleeping quarters and dehumanising practices.
Migrant children who have been separated from their families are being forced to recite America’s Pledge of Allegiance every morning, according to a Washington Post report.
The Casa Padre facility in Brownsville, Texas, is the largest migrant children’s shelter in the country, housing nearly 1,5000 boys. Some arrived as unaccompanied minors while others were separated from family members under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy.
Every morning in a building that was once a Walmart, the children are required to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance to a country where they are being kept in an institution. They are required to recite the sentences in English, despite the fact that many of the children are unlikely to be able to understand the words.
“We tell them, ‘It’s out of respect,'” one employee, who asked for anonymity out of fear of losing her job, told The Post.
The Casa Padre shelter, run by Southwest Key, gained nationwide attention over the last few weeks. Government-issued photographs showed cramped sleeping quarters, murals of President Donald Trump, and children wearing barcodes that are scanned during mealtimes.
The children are only allowed to have two hours outside each day. On Saturday, a teenage boy ran away from the facility.
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