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Trump Administration Attorney Suggests Taking Away Soap And Toothbrushes From Detained Migrant Children

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Trump Administration Attorney Suggests Taking Away Soap And Toothbrushes From Detained Migrant Children

The Associated Press reported on Thursday that a Justice Department lawyer appeared in a recent hearing and suggested that detained migrant children do not need to be given soap and a toothbrush for the facility to fulfill sanitary conditions.

According to the news agency, Sarah Fabian, a senior litigation counsel for the department, made the suggestion while discussing a 1997 settlement agreement that requires certain sanitary and safety standards be met for detained persons during a recent hearing at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The hearing was part of the government’s appeal of a ruling handed down by a federal judge in 2017 that found that the Trump administration violated the settlement after a group of detained migrant children complained that they were not provided sufficient food and were forced to sleep in inadequate conditions.

Fabian argued at the recent hearing that the agreement failed to provide specificity as to what items must be provided to ensure sanitary and safety conditions are met.

“There’s fair reason to find those things may be part of safe and sanitary,” she said, according to the publication.

The judge went on to further press Fabian over her comments. She was asked if a toothbrush and soap should always be provided to detainees, Fabian reportedly said the items aren’t necessarily required depending on the person’s length of stay.

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