"We thought that the United States had a history of respecting the law and the wellbeing of children. In our experience, the government has not only subjected us to unfair and illegal processes, but it has also tortured us by keeping us detained for so long," two children held at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement family detention facility in south Texas wrote.
"We only ask for our rights to ask for asylum to be respected and for the opportunity to be safe with our mothers."
The two girls who penned the letter are 14 and 15 and asked to remain anonymous to protect their families' safety, according to advocates representing them. The letter, they write, is written on behalf of 28 children and their families who are held at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas, and the Berks Family Residential Center in Leesport, Pennsylvania.