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Lawsuit Alleges Immigrant Children Were Forcibly Injected with Psychiatric Drugs

The practice is being compared to the "old Soviet Union."

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A new lawsuit claims that children held at Shiloh Treatment Center, a government contractor in Texas that houses undocumented minors, are being held down and injected with psychiatric drugs.

Children were reportedly told that they wouldn't be released to relatives until they submitted to the drugs. The lawsuit also alleges that children were told lies about the content of the drugs by being told they were "vitamins."

Tulsa World reports the analysis of a psychiatric expert:

“You don’t have to be a rocket scientist here; it looks like they’re trying to control agitation and aggressive behavior with antipsychotic drugs,” said Mills, who practices in Washington, D.C. and was an expert witness for a lawsuit that in 2008 stopped the federal government from forcibly administering antipsychotic drugs to deportees. “You don’t need to administer these kinds of drugs unless someone is plucking out their eyeball or some such. The facility should not use these drugs to control behavior. That’s not what antipsychotics should be used for. That’s like the old Soviet Union used to do.”

According to affidavits, "Parents and the children themselves told attorneys the drugs rendered them unable to walk, afraid of people and wanting to sleep constantly."

The allegations in the lawsuit add to a larger picture of the administration of President Donald Trump facilitating human rights abuses in defiance of both domestic and international law.

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Chris Sosa is the former Senior Editor of AlterNet. His work also appears in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.