Friday, March 22, 2019

HHS requested DOD support to house up to 5,000 unaccompanied children

Yesterday Pentagon officials confirmed that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has asked the Department of Defense (DOD) for space to house up to 5,000 immigrant children through the end of the fiscal year. HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan “requested DOD support to identify space to house up to 5,000 unaccompanied alien children on […]

Trump Administration says reuniting migrant children with their families “may not be possible”

The Trump administration said in a court filing Friday that reuniting thousands of migrant children separated from their parents or guardians at the U.S.-Mexico border may not be “within the realm of the possible.” The filing from Jallyn Sualog, deputy director of the department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement, was an […]

Congressman Castro wants top border official to resign

Democratic Rep. Joaquín Castro issued a call for the head of Customs and Border Protection to step down for failing to speedily report the death of a 7-year-old girl while in border officials’ custody. Castro made the demand Tuesday after he and 11 other members of Congress visited border facilities to find out more about […]

Family of 7-year-old immigrant girl mourns her death

Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin received her first pair of shoes several weeks ago, when her father said they would set out together for the United States, thousands of miles from this small indigenous community in Guatemala where she spent her days plodding through mud and surrounded by coconut trees. The 7-year-old was excited about […]

An immigrant girl died while she was detained by Border Patrol

A 7-year-old girl who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with her father last week died after being taken into the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol, federal immigration authorities confirmed yesterday. The Washington Post reports the girl died of dehydration and shock more than eight hours after she was arrested by agents near Lordsburg, New Mexico. The […]

ICE arrests more than 100 immigrants who were supposed to sponsor migrant children

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers reportedly arrested more than 150 undocumented adults who came forward as potential adult sponsors for migrant children detained by U.S. authorities between July and November. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that more than 100 of the roughly 170 migrant adults arrested in that time period had no prior criminal record. […]

Hispanic Caucus demands answers on detention of immigrant children

The leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) called yesterday for the top federal official in charge of refugee resettlement to explain the administration’s policies on detention of immigrant minors. In a letter to Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) Director Scott Lloyd obtained by The Hill, the CHC asked for a meeting with its members “to discuss […]

Immigrant children moved out of shelters and foster homes to a tent city

Hundreds of migrant children in recent weeks have been moved from private foster homes or shelters to a tent city in south Texas, according to The New York Times. The children were reportedly placed on buses in the middle of the night to move from shelters in locations ranging from New York to Kansas to the facility in Tornillo, Texas. The children are […]

Investigation reveals that Trump Administration lost track of another 1,500 children

The Trump administration is unable to account for the whereabouts of nearly 1,500 migrant children who entered the United States alone this year and were placed with sponsors after leaving shelters, according to congressional findings released yesterday. In findings that lawmakers described as troubling, Senate investigators said the department could not determine with certainty the […]

Despite family reunification efforts, the number of detained migrant children is still at an all-time high

Even though hundreds of children separated from their families have been released under court orders, the overall number of detained migrant children has exploded to the highest ever recorded. Population levels at federally contracted shelters for migrant children have quietly shot up more than fivefold since last summer, according to data obtained by The New […]