Judge Orders Mediation To Improve Treatment Of Migrant Children

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Judge Orders Mediation To Improve Treatment Of Migrant Children
A court-appointed monitor will set deadlines for the administration to address conditions for minors in federal custody.
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A federal judge has ordered the government into mediation over the Border Patrol's treatment of migrant children.

Last week, The Associated Press reported lawyers who recently visited a detention center in Clint, Texas, found hundreds of migrant children held without adequate food, water and sanitation for up to 27 days. A lawyer told the New Yorker that the facility has a capacity for 104 people and held 350 when a team of lawyers got there.

The attorneys sued the Trump administration Wednesday, seeking to allow medical and public health professionals immediate access to the facilities. It also asks a judge to hold the Trump administration in contempt, asserting that conditions at the centers violate a 1997 court agreement that set treatment standards for minors in federal custody. Among other rules, that settlement requires facilities to provide for the basic, individualized needs of each child.

The judge appointed a monitor to set deadlines for the administration to address the conditions. The immigration attorneys and the Trump administration are required to file a joint status report by July 12 about what progress has been made.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.