Healthcare workers were threatened with arrest if they talked publicly about rampant contagious diseases affecting children housed at a Texas refugee camp after the children were caught sneaking across the border, Fox News reports.
A government-contracted security force takes cellphones from working doctors and nurses – and threatens them with arrest if they talk about children sick with illnesses including strep throat, measles, chicken pox, scabies, lice and mental health problems, a psychiatric counselor and a nurse told Fox News.
“There were several of us who wanted to talk about the camps, but the agents made it clear we would be arrested,” the counselor said. “We were under orders not to say anything.”
A former nurse at the camp told Fox News the situation is intolerable.
“They’re going to crush the system,” the nurse said of the flood of children crossing illegally at the nation’s southern border. “We can’t sustain this. They are overwhelming the system, and I think it’s a travesty.”
More than 52,000 unaccompanied children, most from Central America, have been apprehended entering the U.S. illegally since October.
At Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, where some children have been housed, a security force from Baptist Family & Children’s Services was hired by the Department of Health and Human Services to work at the camp, Fox News noted.