We try to follow the news but its not easy. Nazi govern USA and the federal government using police and the army for building concentration camps all over AmeriKKKa. For one more time in history as in in previous decades in Africa, in Australia (with the Aboriginals) and in Europe (with Roma, communists, anarchists, disabled people and Jews) the USA government take the kids of the people in custody, steal the children from the mothers, separate families, giving drugs to the kids to keep them calm and imprison the adults . Immigrant Children Separated From Parents At The Borders? This is genocide! We Will STOP USA NAZI Government. Smash the Borders! Smash the detention centers- Void Network
Over 10,000 migrant children are now in US government custody at 100 shelters in 14 states
- The number of migrant children held without their parents by the US government has surged 21% since last month to 10,773 children, the Washington Post reported.
- The uptick comes after the Trump administration imposed a new “zero tolerance” policy to prosecute migrants who cross the US border illegally.
- The policy means that migrant parents who cross the border with their children are forcibly separated while they await criminal prosecution.
The Trump administration’s new “zero tolerance” policy toward migrants who cross the US border illegally has driven up the number of migrant children held in government custody without their parents, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.
The US Health and Human Services Department said it was holding 10,773 migrant children in custody as of Tuesday — up 21% from the 8,886 it was holding a month earlier.
The surge comes in the wake of the Trump administration’s new tactic to criminally prosecute every person who crosses into the US illegally, which requires them to be separated from any children they brought with them while they’re detained.
But it’s unclear exactly how many of the 10,773 children being held in government custody were actually forcibly separated from their parents — a Customs and Border Protection official told lawmakers at a hearing last week that 658 children had been separated from 638 adults between May 6 and May 19 under the new zero tolerance policy.
Many of the other children may have arrived at the border unaccompanied. They’re typically held in government custody briefly before being placed with “sponsors,” who are usually parents or immediate relatives of the children.
The shelters the children are staying in are at 95% capacity and are expected to add thousands of bed spaces in the coming weeks, one HHS official told the Post.
To house migrant children, HHS relies on “an existing network of approximately 100 shelters in 14 states.”
HHS has also reportedly weighed housing migrant children on military bases, but the HHS official told the Post that measure is being considered only as a “last option.”
The Trump administration has come under fire in recent weeks for its policies toward migrant children. The family separation policy sparked an uproar, particularly after the White House chief of staff John Kelly dismissed concerns that the policy was “cruel” during a recent interview with NPR.
“The children will be taken care of — put into foster care or whatever,” Kelly said. “But the big point is they elected to come illegally into the United States and this is a technique that no one hopes will be used extensively or for very long.”
Anger over the issue reached a boiling point last week, when a month-old piece of news resurfaced, prompting Trump critics to assail the government for losing track of 1,475 immigrant children who arrived at the border alone.
But both the Trump administration and immigration advocates have sought to tamp down concerns about those children, many of whom may have deliberately chosen not to tell the federal government where they are.
Trump Administration And Advocates Clash Over What’s Next For Migrant Children
There are now more than 10,000 migrant children in U.S. government custody.
These are teenagers who fled violence in Central America. And children who were separated from their parents after they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.
How the children should be cared for and what happens to them is part of a growing clash between the Trump administration and advocates.
One of these young migrants made the long trek from El Salvador last year and turned herself in to U.S. authorities at the border.
She wanted to live with her aunt in Texas. She always believed that’s what her mother would have wanted.
Her mother died when she was nine months old, and her grandparents raised her. She’s 17 years old now.
“She’s a very intelligent girl,” says her aunt, who asked that we not use their names. She worries that speaking out could hurt her niece’s asylum claim.
“She always goes to church,” the aunt added, as she sat in her small apartment in San Antonio, describing the many months she spent trying to win her niece’s release.
Typically, children asking for asylum are held by the Office of Refugee Resettlement for less than two months. Then they are released to a sponsor. That can be a parent, a close adult relative, or foster parents.
Her niece didn’t have an official birth certificate, so she was detained for 16 months.
“I gave them every proof that I could, everything they asked for,” says the aunt.
The aunt says she provided U.S. authorities with proof that she and her niece were related, including fingerprints, many documents from El Salvador and even a DNA test.
The niece’s lawyers say they got the runaround. The lawyers also say they’re not alone and that other kids have been detained longer than necessary. The lawyers say the delay violates rules on how the children should be treated.
Those rules are contained in what’s known as the Flores settlement, a federal court agreement dating back to 1997, said Leecia Welch, an attorney with the National Center for Youth Law based in Oakland, Calif.
“At its core, the Flores case stands for the common sense proposition that children should be raised by families and not government facilities,” said Welch.
Her legal group is one of two California nonprofits fighting in court to make sure the Flores settlement is followed.
Under the settlement, the government agreed to release migrant children from custody “without unnecessary delay.” Until then, the government agreed to detain them in the “least restrictive” setting possible.
But Welch said the government isn’t living up to these promises. She said children are being detained too long and that too many are being detained in secure, jail-like settings, even psychiatric facilities.
“We’re also seeing the Office of Refugee Resettlement place some children in facilities where they’re administered very powerful psychotropic medications for weeks, months or even years without first obtaining parental or judicial authorization,” Welch said.
In court declarations, some children said that they have been told they have to take the medications if they ever hope to leave detention. Others claimed they have been forcibly injected.
In a legal response, the government said children can be sent to more secure facilities if they are a danger or an escape risk. It also said psychotropic drugs, or medications used to treat mental illness, are used in compliance with state laws and regulations.
Meanwhile, in Washington, the Trump administration has made it clear that it wants to end the protections laid out in the Flores settlement.
“We urgently need Congress to pass legislation to close legal loopholes that are being exploited to gain entry into our country,” Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen said on Capitol Hill last month.
“We need to get rid of the Flores settlement,” she added.
Nielsen and others in the administration believe that the current system creates a magnet for migrant children, including members of the violent MS-13 gang. They say the kids know they can come to the U.S. illegally, get released in short order, and then disappear to live here undocumented.
“I think this is essentially disinformation that’s being put out,” said Bob Carey, who directed the Office of Refugee Resettlement during the Obama administration. It is the agency that runs the shelters and detention centers for migrant children.
“Disinformation to state that the Flores agreement in any way, that it’s bad law or that it compromises security when it largely relates to how children in custody are cared for,” he added.
A court hearing on the future of the Flores settlement and the rules for treating migrant children is scheduled for later this month.
source: National Public Radio
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