THIS shocking audio from inside a US border patrol facility captured a guard JOKING as immigrant kids cry for their parents after being torn apart.
The separated children, reportedly from Central America, can be heard sobbing and wailing for "mami" and "papa" in the clip recorded at an undisclosed facility last week.
In the audio, posted by Pro Publica on Monday, a border agent can be heard saying in Spanish: "Well, we have an orchestra here... What’s missing is a conductor.”
A six-year-old Salvadoran girl, named Alison Madrid, begs for someone to call her aunt and recites the phone number, according to the organisation.
She tells a consular official: “My mummy says that I’ll go with my aunt, and that she’ll come to pick me up there as quickly as possible."
Her aunt told the outlet she spoke with the agency but she can't help the little girl because she and her daughter, nine, are seeking refuge in the US and worries it will jeopardise their own case.
She said: “It was the hardest moment in my life.
“Imagine getting a call from your six-year-old niece. She’s crying and begging me to go get her.
"She says, ‘I promise I’ll behave, but please get me out of here. I’m all alone.’”
The youngster was reportedly among 10 children aged between four and 10 in the recording, ProPublica reported.
Madrid is now in a shelter but hasn’t been able to speak with her mother, who was warned she could be deported without her.
It comes as newly released footage offers a glimpse inside the detention centre in Texas where her mum is being held alongside more than 1,100 people.
The video shows detainees at the old warehouse in McAllen separated by chain-link fences, including one pen holding 20 kids, and wrapped in plastic thermal blankets.
The footage was released by the federal agency on Monday - three days after officials revealed that 2,000 children had been ripped from their families under President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration crackdown.
Photos released by US Customs and Border Protection show mattresses and silver emergency thermal blankets strewn across the floors and dozens of adults sitting on benches lining the metal cages.
In one of the pens, a teenager cared for a four-year-old girl she didn’t know because the tot’s aunt was somewhere else in the centre.
Michelle Brane, director of migrant rights at the Women’s Refugee Commission, said: "She had to teach other kids in the cell to change her diaper."
The child and aunt eventually were reunited by agents after an attorney started asking questions.
Ms Brane continued: “She was so traumatised that she wasn’t talking. She was just curled up in a little ball.”
She says she witnessed officials scold a group of five-year-old's for playing in their cage - one was more withdrawn and quietly clutched a photocopy of his mother’s ID card.
There are no toys or books in the 77,000-square-foot facility.
Ms Brane added: “The government is literally taking kids away from their parents and leaving them in inappropriate conditions.
“If a parent left a child in a cage with no supervision with other five-year-old's, they’d be held accountable.”
Authorities said detainees are grouped by age, gender and family status- girls age 17 and under, boys age 17 and under, mothers with children and fathers with children.
Parents are separated from their children when they’re brought into processing to leave the facility and learn whether they’ll be prosecuted for crossing the border illegally.
They then receive a “tear sheet” informing them of that decision and how they might reunite with their kids again.
Agents running the "Ursula" holding centre said all the detainees are given adequate food, access to showers and laundered clothes and medical care.
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