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Man who quit job at detention center said employees only got one week of training and came from retail and construction

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former migrant shelter center staffer Antar Davidson

For those workers caring for the children ripped out of the arms of their parents trying to cross the border, they only had one week of training.

In an interview with MSNBC’s Yasmin Vossoughian, former migrant shelter center staffer Antar Davidson revealed that he and his fellow staffers didn’t receive any training in child welfare, childcare or any medical training, except basic CPR.

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“We got about a week’s worth of training, which included CPR,” he continued. “It should be added that most of the people were at least, as the youth care workers most of them prior to this were in construction or in the restaurant business or retail. So, they really had a difficult time hiring people with the necessary skills.”

Davidson also explained that the facility that he was in was a detention center where the children were as young as four and five years old. While he lasted several weeks on the job, he said many couldn’t even make it through the on-the-job training portion.

“Could it have something to do with the fact that workers were very much underpaid? This is a federal level of responsibility we’re talking about, and the workers undertaking this increasingly difficult task are not given federal level benefits and support,” he also said. “So, the people are just being tossed out there unprepared.”

He reiterated the job that was too difficult on his own moral code to stay at the facility any longer.

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“I had already been asked once to do something against my morals,” he confessed in the interview. “I saw that I wouldn’t be able to continue there, because increasingly I was going expected to do things that I felt were morally wrong in terms of dealing with the kids who are traumatized.

Watch his full take below:

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King, who was stripped of all committee assignments for his white nationalism, was been an embarrassment for Republicans with his constant racism and misogyny.

A photo of the town hall meeting was posted on Twitter by Reuters photo editor Corinne Perkins.

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