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Martinez, Castro call for investigation into Chicago immigration shelter


State Senators Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) and Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) called today for an investigation into allegations of abuse and mistreatment of children housed at an immigration shelter in Chicago.

The Washington Post published a story this week with reports of abuse at facilities housing children separated from their parents at the border. Among the shelters listed was Casa Guadalupe, located in Chicago and run by the nonprofit Heartland Alliance.

“These allegations are disgusting,” Castro said. “Not only are migrant children being ripped apart from their families, but now we hear about them being poorly treated and threatened in a place where they are supposed to be cared for.”

In the article, children said they were monitored by hidden cameras and prevented from hugging their siblings. They also said they saw a young boy injected with medication that made him fall asleep at his desk.

“The allegations made in this article are extremely disturbing, and we need Department of Children and Family Services to investigate immediately if they are true,” Martinez said. “We need to know what is being done to ensure this never happens again. Their top priority should always be the safety and well-being of the children entrusted to their care.”