Adonys, 15, who came from Honduras in July to join his mother, said the Border Patrol apprehended him crossing the border near McAllen, in a group of 28 men, women and children. Agents put him in a van and took him to their station to process him.
He said the agents made him take off all his layers except for a T-shirt and made him remove his belt and shoelaces.
“I bent over to untie my shoelaces, and I felt an agent pouring cold water on me,” said Adonys, who has filed an asylum request. “He was laughing.”
Five other agents stood by, saying nothing, Adonys said.
They then moved him to a cold cell, wet shirt and all.
“I asked for something to cover myself with, and he said, ‘No, you’re just going to be in there like that,’ ” Adonys said. “It was very, very cold. It was unbearable. We couldn’t stand it.”
Sofía, a 25-year-old woman who has applied for asylum and also requested anonymity, was held for two weeks. She said it was so cold in one cell that she could see her breath.
“It’s so cold, you’re trembling,” she said. “Your lips split.”
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