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Groups allege abuse of child immigrants at border

June 11, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A coalition of advocacy groups says it has documented more than 100 allegations of mistreatment of unaccompanied immigrant children arrested by U.S. border authorities.

The groups filed a complaint Wednesday with the Department of Homeland Security that says more than 80 percent received inadequate food and water, about half were denied medical car: Cantor stepping downe and about one of every four was physically abused.

The Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project and four other organizations say they documented 116 cases in interviews this year with children who were in Customs and Border Protection custody.

The complaint comes amid a surge of unaccompanied children from Central America crossing into Texas.

Customs and Border Protection says it is working hard to transfer the children to the Department of Health and Human Services.

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