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The conditions at the Trump administration’s detention centers for immigrant children are so awful that one doctor compared them to “torture facilities,” according to an ABC News report.

Dolly Lucio Sevier, a board-certified physician, visited two so-called baby jails to check on the condition of hundreds of infants, toddlers, and children being detained. Lucio Sevier, along with lawyers representing the children, inspected one of the facilities after a flu outbreak sent five infants to the intensive care unit of a nearby hospital.

All the children showed signs of trauma, Lucio Sevier concluded. When they arrived, they found children sleeping on cold concrete floors, bright lights shining 24 hours a day, and unsanitary conditions. For example, teens said they had no access to wash their hands, and mothers were not able to wash bottles for their infants.

“The conditions within which they are held could be compared to torture facilities,” Lucio Sevier wrote in a medical declaration. “To deny parents the ability to wash their infants’ bottles is unconscionable and could be considered intentional mental and emotional abuse.”

Lucio Sevier told ABC News that the conditions felt “worse than jail.”

 

“It just felt, you know, lawless. I mean, imagine your own children there. I can’t imagine my child being there and not being broken,” she said.

The youngest child in facilities Lucio Sevier visited was two and a half months old.

Lusio Sevier’s revelation follows allegations last week that the young detainees were being fed uncooked frozen food and forced to go weeks without a bath.

“In my 22 years of doing visits with children in detention I have never heard of this level of inhumanity,” Holly Cooper, an attorney representing detained youth, told the Associated Press. “Seeing our country at this crucible moment where we have forsaken children and failed to see them as human is hopefully a wake up for this country to move toward change.”

Trump officials are claiming that there is nothing wrong with these conditions. The administration recently argued in court that children don’t need basic necessities like soap, toothpaste, or a proper place to sleep.

Meanwhile, Trump is on television claiming that Latino voters love the fact that he ripped families apart and created baby jails through his family separation policy and that he’s threatening to round up and deport millions of people.

Trump has made immigration his signature issue, which has resulted in the federal government locking up minors in detention centers akin to “torture facilities.”

Published with permission of The American Independent.

IMAGE: US Border Patrol detention facility for migrant children in McAllen, Texas, via ABC News screenshot.

Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)