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Exclusive: A Child Held at Border Patrol’s Clint Facility Speaks Out | Targeting El Paso | FRONTLINE

In 2019, reported conditions inside the Border Patrol station in Clint, TX where hundreds of migrant children were being held sparked a national outcry and congressional hearings. Now, nine-year-old Dariana becomes the first child held inside the Clint facility who has been known to speak to the media: “Maybe we’d go out about 15 minutes a day … the rest of the time we were locked up,” she tells FRONTLINE in this excerpt from “Targeting El Paso.”

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The nine-year-old girl doesn’t remember exactly when she was separated from her father after they crossed the border into the United States. But she does remember the color of the uniforms of the armed guards at Clint: “They were green,” she tells FRONTLINE. “Green, but they had guns in their holsters.”

There were no adults caring for her, she says — only cameras.

For more on Dariana’s story — and on how the El Paso area became a testing ground for some of the Trump administration’s most controversial immigration policies — stream “Targeting El Paso” in full starting Tues., Jan. 7:


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