Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Children in detention centers allege sex assault in retaliation for protesting

The poor treatment of migrant children at the hands of U.S. border agents in recent months extends to include allegations of sexual assault and retaliation for protests, according to dozens of accounts by children held in Arizona. A 16-year-old Guatemalan boy held in Yuma, Arizona, said he and others in his cell complained about the taste […]

Graham announces new immigration bill that advocates say would harm migrant children

A new bill from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) would harm undocumented immigrant children by detaining them for longer periods and allowing immigration officials to send them back to life-threatening situations in their home countries. Immigrant rights advocates argue the legislation wouldn’t even achieve its stated purpose: deterring undocumented families from coming to the U.S. Graham […]

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” […]

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 […]

According to documents, HHS received 4,500 complaints of sexual abuse against unaccompanied minors

The Department of Health and Human Services received more than 4,500 complaints of sexual abuse against unaccompanied minors from 2014-2018, according to internal agency documents released Tuesday by Florida Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch. “I am deeply concerned with documents that have been turned over by HHS that record a high number of sexual assaults 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 […]

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 […]