[Discussion] Separating and/or Detaining Families at the US-Mexico Border

Just figured we could collect this mess in one thread.

Well, in DC they say that Stephen Miller's dark soul grew three sizes that day.

OG_slinger wrote:

And once those border agents "protect" immigrant children by taking them away from their "criminal" parents, they're handing them over to detention camps staffed by people who haven't been properly vetted by the FBI for child abuse or neglect according to a Health and Human Services inspector general memo released today.

According to the AP, the report found that the Trump administration waived the requirement for at least one camp in Tornillo, Texas to have its 2,100 staffers background checked by the FBI.

This camp was opened back in June to hold 360 migrant children. There are now over 2,300 kids there.

I'm sure the group running the camp has been super careful to vet its staff and they totally haven't just been throwing any warm body they could hire to fix the problem the Trump administration created.

Uh, about that:

In Immigrant Children’s Shelters, Sexual Assault Cases Are Open and Shut: Across the country, kids are reporting sexual assaults in immigrant children’s shelters. Alex decided to come forward. He told the shelter two older teens dragged him into a bedroom. There was surveillance video. But Alex's case wasn't investigated. His isn’t the only one.

Are we trying to write a case study on how to create terrorists and organized crime? We are doing a really good job of it with how these kids are going to turn out. I hope the people responsible for this program are held accountable soon. And I don't mean just lose their jobs.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection shared additional information about the boy.

He and his father were detained, held in the field for three hours, and then transported to the Paso Del Norte Port, which was a 15 minute drive away. There they were held for three days. They received six welfare checks over that three day period.

Then the boy and his father were transferred to El Paso Border Patrol Station where they were held for two days.

Then about 11:30PM on the 22nd, the boy and his father were transferred yet again to the Alamogordo Border Patrol Station because the El Paso Border Station was too full. They arrived there after 1:00AM on the 23rd. Agents didn't notice the kid's condition until 9:00AM on the 24th.

After being treated at the hospital for a common cold, the boy and the father were placed in a temporary holding facility at the Highway 70 checkpoint. There were no medical staff on duty when the boy vomited in the evening. Officials claim the father refused medical assistance at this time. Two hours later the kid was lethargic and vomiting again so border agents transported him back to the hospital. He died in transit.

It should also be noted that no one is supposed to be detained in the field for longer than 72 hours. The boy and his father were detained in the field for nearly twice as long.

But according to twitter and article comments, the border agents were all wonderful and it's entirely the father's fault that his kid died because he was breaking the law.

Just a friendly reminder - if you've got the money to do so, consider donating to one of the charities helping immigrant children and families.

I saw this...it is so sickening it is hard to even feel anything but despair

Looks like the Trump administration was separating children at the border a full year before their "zero-tolerance" policy went into effect.

Not only that, but no one involved was prepared for it, and, consequently "thousands" of immigrant children were released to who the f*ck knows because there was no procedure or tracking process put in place. And "thousands" of children is the best estimate we can give because, again, no one was prepared for the impact of Trump's policies.

Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General Report on Separated Children Placed in Office of Refugee Resettlement Care wrote:

According to ORR [Office of Refugee Resettlement] officials and staff, in the summer of 2017, staff observed a significant increase in the number and proportion of separated children (i.e., children separated from their parent or legal guardian by DHS) relative to other UACs [Unaccompanied Alien Children]. Staff had begun informally tracking separations in 2016, recognizing that additional information and effort was required to locate parents of separated children. Although this tracking was not comprehensive, it provided adequate information to alert ORR intake staff to significant trends. ORR officials noted that, according to this tracking, the proportion of separated children rose from approximately 0.3 percent of all UAC intakes in late 2016 to 3.6 percent by August 2017.

The increase in separated children posed operational challenges for the UAC program. In a November 2017 email that OIG [Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General] reviewed, an ORR official stated that separated children were often very young, that these younger children required placement at specially licensed facilities, and that “the numbers of these very young UAC resulting from separations has on some dates resulted in shortfalls of available beds.”

Due to these operational concerns, ORR staff continued to informally track separations. For example, staff initially recorded separated children on an Excel spreadsheet if they were identified by DHS as separated at intake; this was later replaced by a SharePoint database with greater ability to incorporate information from field staff, including reports from shelters when they identified separated children in their care. However, use of these tools was not formalized in procedures, and access was limited.

Overall, ORR and ASPR [Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, an HHS department responsible for coordinating medical and public health responses to natural disasters and emergencies] officials estimate that thousands of separated children entered ORR care and were released prior to the June 26, 2018, court order. Because the tracking systems in use at that time were informal and designed for operational purposes rather than retrospective reporting, ORR was unable to provide a more precise estimate or specific information about these children’s placements (for example, whether the children were released to sponsors who were relatives, sponsors who were non-relatives, foster care, etc.). These children did not have parents covered by the court order; therefore, they were not included in the Ms. L v. ICE reunification process.17 Rather, in general, placement and release decisions would have followed the same procedures as for other UAC, i.e., ORR seeks to identify a qualified sponsor, including a parent or other close relative if one can be located and vetted in a timely way.

Kirstjen Nielsen's denials of the existance of the separation policy sure look even worse in light of this.

I don't expect the US courts to take this seriously, but it looks like DHS has been conducting systematic genocide on our southern border for the past two years.

Oversight is a helluva drug!