Reporters get access to immigrant detention centers. It’s just as bad as we thought.

By | 2018-06-19T06:48:39+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Categories: News, News2|Tags: , , , , , |15 Comments

Like animals.

Courtesy of the AP:

Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside. Scattered about are bottles of water, bags of chips and large foil sheets intended to serve as blankets.

One teenager told an advocate who visited that she was helping care for a young child she didn’t know because the child’s aunt was somewhere else in the facility. She said she had to show others in her cell how to change the girl’s diaper.

The U.S. Border Patrol on Sunday allowed reporters to briefly visit the facility where it holds families arrested at the southern U.S. border, responding to new criticism and protests over the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy and resulting separation of families.

More than 1,100 people were inside the large, dark facility that’s divided into separate wings for unaccompanied children, adults on their own, and mothers and fathers with children. The cages in each wing open out into common areas to use portable restrooms. The overhead lighting in the warehouse stays on around the clock.

The Border Patrol said close to 200 people inside the facility were minors unaccompanied by a parent. Another 500 were “family units,” parents and children. Many adults who crossed the border without legal permission could be charged with illegal entry and placed in jail, away from their children.

Reporters were not allowed by agents to interview any of the detainees or take photos.

Reports are that nearly two thousand children have been taken from their parents since Jeff Sessions announced the new policy. 

And now that there is a zero policy, and all immigrants crossing the border are being charged with a misdemeanor, the courts are so backed up that some of these cases will not be resolved for weeks if not months. 

Normally the detainees are only supposed to be held for 12 hours. 

The centers do not have the capacity to hold such a large number of people, for such an extended period of time. 

Which is why we are now building tent cities to hold the growing number of children ripped from the arms of their parents.

Courtesy of the Star-Telegram:

This week, Dyess Air Force Base on the Abilene outskirts was identified by the federal government as one of three possible sites for tent cities to be erected to house children who have been separated from their parents at the border with Mexico, as the Trump administration begins to enforce its “zero tolerance” policy, according to a McClatchy exclusive report.

On Friday, a U.S. Health and Human Services spokesman confirmed that a fourth site at the Tornillo port of entry near El Paso would actually be the first tent city to open. The official said the tents would be air-conditioned and would initially hold about 360 children.

Specific plans about whether Dyess AFB will be used to house immigrant children are still being kept under wraps. Other possible locations for tent cities include Fort Bliss near El Paso and Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo.

To be fair tent cities have been erected to house immigrant children before, but that was for unaccompanied teenagers who crossed the border and not due to a zero-tolerance policy that separated children as young as a few months old from their families. 

This is horrendous. 

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15 Comments

  1. anonymous June 18, 2018 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    MAGA!

    Malignant Assholes Getting Alarmed!

    https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/report-wh-spox-wanted-dhs-secretary-as-backup-for-press-briefing

    White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was apparently so unwilling to face reporters’ questions about the Trump administration’s migrant family separation policy alone that she requested backup, in the form of the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

    CNN reported, based on a single unnamed White House official, that Sanders called in Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen from a conference in New Orleans to join her.

    A White House official tells @jeffzeleny that @PressSec didn’t want to do the briefing today amid questions on child separation policy, so @SecNielsen is being flown in from New Orleans to take questions.

    — Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) June 18, 2018

    • Anonymous June 18, 2018 at 4:00 pm - Reply

      Someone changed Nielson’s wiki bio ,it now reads known child abuser.

      They should add that to miss bible Sarah’s also.

  2. Sarah P June 18, 2018 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    These kids should not be in cages. They should be outside picking crops. … like geebus says in the bibble.

  3. Anonymous June 18, 2018 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    Between Laura Bush’s attack on Trump’s policy and Charles Blow’s Op-ed this morning entitled “Trump and the Baby Snatchers”, its time that Republicans wake up and stop holding children hostage. We should all demand that Trump changes his inhumane policy NOW.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/17/opinion/trump-and-the-baby-snatchers.html

  4. Anon June 18, 2018 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    France needs to demand return of the Statue of Liberty.

  5. Anonymous June 18, 2018 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    One of the big concerns should be what kind of ss thugs are guarding the women and little girls, since they are not allowing anyone to visit the concentration camps.

    Where is the Red Cross?

    Trump should be impeached on this alone,but those cowardly republicans just sit there twiddling their thumbs.

    If trump is allowed to get away with this, he will be unstoppable to inflict harm ,next up will be citizens.

    • Beaglemom June 19, 2018 at 7:38 am - Reply

      The other day the president of the Amer. Academy of Pediatrics saw a two-year old girl (per Wash. Post article). I’m not sure where in Texas this took place but the toddler had been inconsolable since she was separated from her mother the evening before. No one, not even the “keepers,” were allowed to touch her. This entire administration has been been an ever-increasingly horrible nightmare.

    • JustMe June 19, 2018 at 11:31 am - Reply
  6. anonymous June 18, 2018 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    Sarah’s favorite Lisa issues a statement!

    https://twitter.com/lisamurkowski/status/1008835652534919169/photo/1
    My statement on the practice of separating children and parents at the U.S. border:
    NEW: GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski: “The time is now for the White House to end the cruel, tragic separation of families.” https://abcn.ws/2JOuZyW

  7. anonymous June 18, 2018 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    I am not a “child” person. Never wanted children, didn’t have any, wasn’t too fond of my nieces and nephews, either. But I couldn’t make it past 30 seconds of that video. What happens to children, negative or positive, stays with them and shapes them, for bad or good. What Trump et al. are doing is barbaric. Yo, Melanomia, while your precious snowflake is safely tucked away by his doting mama, why not go live and in person and tell the whole fucking country that what your husband is doing is monstrous, bullying, which you speak out against — sorta, when it suits you, and when you’re having a good hair day. Somebody please put that 7 minutes of tape on a loop, strap Orangeman to a chair, and keep the tape going until the begging and crying begin.

    • Anonymous June 18, 2018 at 6:14 pm - Reply

      Trump only cares about himself,i think he is delighted these children are being traumatized. He delights in harming others.

      The only thing that would move him would be if it was him in that cage.

      I want to know what congress plans to do to trump since he has no plans to stop breaking the law and holding these people hostage.

      I read the admin has no plan to reunite these families, they aren’t even keeping track of where they are shipping the kids,so are they going to detain them indefinitely? Ship them back to central america alone?

  8. Anonymous June 18, 2018 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    Just saw the local news that a refugee center in Detroit has received a “shipment” of children from TX.

    Are they planning on sending them to Canada?

    • Anonymous June 18, 2018 at 10:11 pm - Reply

      Canadians don’t want them either, Trudeau was lying his ass off when he chastised the US and welcomed immigrants (with no money or skills).

      The Government of Canada ‘quietly’ did a complete back-flip on Trudeau’s comments.

  9. Anon June 19, 2018 at 5:06 am - Reply

    The administration tries to defend taking children defending they are protecting them from rape, human trafficking and that they are MS13 gang recruits. Although human trafficking exists these are repeated red meat words misportraying all immigrants as dangerous. Kellyanne Conway used this tactic on Meet the Press on Sunday. Secretary Nielsen reiterated this meme too. What are they doing with these children to track who they are, their parents and relatives, what are the plans to keep and place children making them orphans deporting their parents?

  10. Anonymous June 19, 2018 at 6:55 am - Reply

    I’m disgusted.
    Central America obvi has nothing to offer the US otherwise we’d be in there in a flash ending the gangs and the governments that are not working.
    Why isn’t Drumpf interested in all the beachfront property in central america??

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