- The Washington Times - Monday, July 8, 2019

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History wants the drawings created by 10- and 11-year-olds migrants depicting their time in U.S. custody.

“The museum has a long commitment to telling the complex and complicated history of the United States and to documenting that history as it unfolds,” the museum said to CNN in a statement.

The three children’s drawings of kids in cages caught international attention after the young migrants were recently released from border patrol custody.

The pictures were released in a CBS interview with incoming head of American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Sara Goza, who said the children’s drawings match what she saw in the facility.

She said children had “no expression on their faces” and described an environment where “there was no laughing, there was no joking, no talking.”

“I describe them almost like dog cages with people in each of them,” Dr. Goza said. “And the silence was just hard to watch, hard to see.”

Democratic lawmakers who toured migrant detention facilities last week said women were being forced to sleep on the ground and drink out of the toilet. The New York Times reported that a child migrant center did not have adequate food and was experiencing disease outbreaks.

The Trump administration has contested these accounts, with President Trump promising press tours of facilities. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said reports of terrible conditions were “unsubstantiated,” and they had “no evidence that children went hungry.”

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