Sunday, January 20, 2019

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 […]

Family separation might be the incentive Latinos needed to vote

  President Trump’s policy that resulted in the separation of parents and children along the southern border may have accomplished something Latino activist groups haven’t before: Prompting a long-term voter registration drive uniting progressive and traditional Democratic groups. On Thursday, a new coalition led by the nonprofit advocacy group Voto Latino will launch a three-year, […]

House Democrats want to know the administration’s plan to reunite separated families

House Democrats on Tuesday demanded that the Trump administration provide its plan to reunify more than 500 undocumented children who remain separated from their parents as a result of the government’s zero-tolerance immigration policy. “Since the Administration instituted and rescinded the zero-tolerance policy, which purposefully targeted and separated migrant children from their parents, we have […]

ACLU after ICE: Claims agency withheld deported parents information from lawyers

The ACLU is claiming that ICE for more than a month purposefully withheld hundreds of migrant parents’ contact information from their lawyers. “The numbers have been [in the children’s files] for a while, and we should have had them for a while,” Lee Gelernt, the lead lawyer for the ACLU’s lawsuit against ICE, told HuffPost. […]

Federal judge orders the administration to transfer immigrant children out of facility after abuse allegations

Yesterday a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to transfer all immigrant minors out of a detention facility in Texas due to allegations of abuse and over-medication against the children. U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee ruled that conditions at the Shiloh Residential Treatment Center in Manvel, Texas, violate a 1997 court settlement that dictates how the […]

As deadline approaches, Trump Administration trying to hurry family reunification efforts

For 24 hours, attorney Ofelia Calderon couldn’t find her client, Bety Mena Torres, a migrant who had been depressed since she was separated from her daughter at the border. Mena had been held in Port Isabel Detention Center since June, but last week Calderon received a call from another detainee saying that Mena had disappeared. […]

Deal to fix family separations hits a dead end in the Senate

Hopes of reaching a deal to help migrant parents and children separated along the U.S.-Mexico border appear to be fading in the Senate. Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) and Dick Durbin (Ill.) and GOP Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Thom Tillis (N.C.) were tasked with trying to draft a compromise on legislation dealing with immigrant families detained at the […]

Young children separated at the border don’t recognize their parents

One mother had waited four months to wrap her arms around her little boy. Another had waited three months to see her little girl again, but when the reunions finally happened yesterday in Phoenix, the mothers were met with cries of rejection from their children. “He didn’t recognize me,” said Mirce Alba Lopez, 31, of […]

Judge denies the Trump administration’s request for more time to reunite separated families

A federal judge on Friday appeared to reject the Trump administration’s request to extend the deadline to reunite families separated at the border under the “zero tolerance” policy. “The government must reunite them,” Sabraw said, according to the AP. “It must comply with the time frame unless there is an articulable reason.” U.S. District Judge Dana […]