American children who are separated from their parents by Child Protective Services in a criminal case are taken care of by trained professionals who have a policy to place them back with family members, said the chairwoman of the Victoria County Democratic Party.

It’s not the same for immigrant children, said Chairwoman Pat Tally.

“We have a system, as good or bad as it may be,” she said about Child Protective Services. “My concern (about treatment of immigrant children) is, why am I not reading about their care? Who is supervising them, changing their diapers and giving them food?”

Tally emphasized that the immigrant children aren’t divided by age; they are all lumped together – infants, toddlers and teenagers.

People also need to know the ratio between the caretakers and the children at the facilities, said Astrid Dominguez, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas’ director of the Border Rights Center.

“The more parents they arrest over time, the more beds and space they will need for the children,” she said.

Tally said people care more about animal control and stress over separating two kittens from their mother than they care about what happens to immigrant children.

She said the policy of separation could hurt children, but poor physical development may affect them throughout their lives.

“If children are not receiving ... the normal things they need to grow, they don’t thrive,” she said.

Ismael Perez reports on arts/entertainment and breaking news for the Victoria Advocate. He may be reached at or 361-580-6558.

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