MCALLEN, Texas (KVEO) — A protest was held outside the Hampton Inn in McAllen on Thursday night where attorney’s with the Texas Civil Rights Project say undocumented children are being held.
The protest follows national news that the Federal Government was holding dozens of unaccompanied children in hotels instead of detention centers.
“We understand that there are children being detained at this motel against their will,” said attorney Andy Udelsman.
Officials with the Texas Civil Rights Project say they want to help the children by giving them representation and prevent their deportation.
“Our goal here is just to get names of children because these children are in imminent danger of being deported against their will without any legal representation without any help from their parents or their families,” said Udelsman.
The Texas Civil Right project has filed a lawsuit against the government on a U.S. law stating immigrant children must be held at facilities overseen by the Government while waiting for their asylum cases.
According to a compiled story written by the Associated Press, lawyers and advocates say housing unaccompanied migrant children in hotels exposes them to the risk of trauma as they’re detained in places not designed to hold them and cared for by contractors with unclear credentials.
The records obtained by AP show the Hampton Inn in McAllen was used most often to detain children — 123 times over two months.