What it’s like working at a facility that holds immigrant kids


They would go to sleep crying and we would ask them what’s going on and then we had one kid saying, “Oh, it’s because I
don’t know where my mom is,” and then we had another one and another
one that’s when we started noticing that we were getting kids that were being
separated from their parents. We had this kid, this is at night, he would um. He had a teddy bear with him, and he would always hug the teddy bear. But then he would
wake up and just be mad because they remember that it wasn’t his dad and he
would tell us, uh, that um. He would always hug his dad at night. The time it takes to get them into their um.
Whoever’s gonna be sponsoring them or whoever’s gonna be taking care of them,
the time frame it’s too long for them. We have too many kids and not enough staff. Sometimes it’s harder for so many kids inside a building. They go
outside once a day for an hour, an hour and a half.
Tell me about the the training overall. They try to teach you how to restrain,
how to talk to children, how to refer to them in a proper tone of voice. Did you
feel it prepares people? Honestly, no. When we deal with trauma or kids
that are trying to hurt themselves, not everybody’s prepared. Not everybody
is. They just, they don’t know what to do. We had a kid in um. Who, he just started walking from one, from one side of the building
to the other side of the building. Trying to get out, asking us, “I just want to go out, I just want to go out.” We got a counselor for him to talk to him but he just wouldn’t talk. He just started hitting his head against the wall. And we, we
try to stop him and everything. But we cannot restrain. We do twelve hour shifts. Or even more than twelve hour shifts. People leave because it’s too stressful. They would just get mad I mean, they don’t show it. The reason I don’t quit is because yes it’s a lot of stress. But you do something. You feel that that you are actually accomplishing something. I want the people to know about the program instead of everyone in there. Honestly we trying to get the kids to
get reunited. The most rewarding part of my job it’s um. When we tell the kid he’s
leaving already, and he needs to pack all his stuff. You could just see the joy on
the kid. It’s like they get their spirit back.

7 Replies to “What it’s like working at a facility that holds immigrant kids

  1. Who feels sorrow when an American gets imprisoned and his/her family , including the children have to endure the hardship of not having there parent around? Where is committing a crime ok bring a child along. Maybe illegal immigrants shouldn't come to the U.S. illegally and the hardship of this reality wouldn t take it's course.

  2. our own goverment has been systematically targeting and jailing ethinic groups for years so dont use that arguement wait till your last name can get you deported or jailed

  3. This is the reason we need a wall. These kids come with a lot of emotional and behavioral problems. The violence they see in their home country is horrendous and they carry a lot of baggage right into our communities. Their parents send them to the U.S. with the purpose to WORK and send money to home country in order to pay their debts. It’s a endless and these immigrants know our legal system better than most U.S. citizens do. Adults posing as minors and taking advantage of our country’s broken laws.

  4. Didn’t the founder of these places was accused of stealing money from the company and retiring or something like that?

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