Wednesday, November 20, 2019

ACLU says 1,556 more children were separated from parents at the border

The Trump Administration said in federal court that 1,556 more parents and children were separated from each other than previously known, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The ACLU said in a statement dated Thursday that the administration revealed the number after a court order. “It is shocking that 1,556 more families — including babies and toddlers — join the thousands […]

Latino lawmakers slam Texas governor for anti-Latino and anti-immigrant language

In the wake of the El Paso domestic terror attack, lawmakers and Democrats, many of them Latino, are slamming language used by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in a tweet and a fundraising letter as anti-Latino and anti-immigrant. On Friday, members of the state’s El Paso legislative delegation and the Mexican American Legislative Caucus condemned Abbott’s […]

Migrant children describe the horrific conditions at the detention centers

A 16-year-old mother sleeps with her baby on a cement floor, a 12-year-old wakes up in the middle of the night from hunger, a 5-year-old is sick and has no socks and an 11-year-old cries in a cell, and is only let outside for a few minutes each day. These are some of the stories […]

Ocasio-Cortez says the Trump administration is running ‘Concentration Camps’ at the border

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is accusing the Trump administration of establishing concentration camps along the U.S.-Mexico border where migrants are “brutalized with dehumanizing conditions and dying.” In a Tuesday morning tweet, the congresswoman pointed to the analysis of journalist and author Andrea Pitzer, an expert on the history of concentration camps. In an Esquire article […]

Judge gave Trump Administration 6 months to reunite migrant children with families

A judge gave President Trump’s administration six months to identify migrant children who were separated from their families for reunification, a process the White House previously stated would take up to two years. The Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General estimated in a report that thousands of children were separated even before the “zero tolerance” […]

DHS will be seeking a legislative proposal to address border crossings

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will ask Congress for the authority to deport unaccompanied migrant children more quickly, to hold families seeking asylum in detention until their cases are decided and to allow immigrants to apply for asylum from their home countries, according to a copy of the request obtained by NBC News. […]

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 […]