MSNBC’s Joy Reid and Cal Perry toured a facility in Tornillo Texas, they join Craig Melvin to talk about what they saw.
A candidate for U.S. Senate in Delaware was among the nearly 600 women arrested Thursday in the nation’s capital during a protest against the federal government’s ‘zero-tolerance’ immigration policy.
The Trump administration says a ruling this week by a federal judge in San Diego requiring the government to reunify families separated at the border means authorities can legally keep families detained until their cases are complete.
The interpretation means immigrant families could spend months or even years in detention — even those seeking asylum — because of a years-long backlog in immigration court.
The U.S. government said in a court filing on Friday that it has the right to detain children and parents caught crossing the U.S. border illegally for the duration of their immigration proceedings.
A 1997 court settlement known as the Flores agreement has generally been interpreted to require the Department of Homeland Security to release illegal immigrant children from custody after 20 days.
The allegations in these documents, as well as recent facility inspection reports and other lawsuits, range from unsanitary conditions and invasive monitoring of mail and phone calls to unair-conditioned rooms in hot Texas summers and dosing children with cocktails of psychotropic drugs disguised as vitamins. At one facility, children recounted being held down for forcible injections, which medical records show are powerful antipsychotics and sedatives.
There are still several hundred more children who are separated from their parents and still no clear answers on when or how they will be reunited.
The week was totally defined by the botched handling of the separation of families at the border — a crisis that the Trump administration created earlier this spring by instituting a „zero-tolerance“ policy for people trying to enter the country illegally. Every person who did so was referred for prosecution. And since children can’t be detained in a federal prison, children were taken from their parents while those adults were waiting for their day in court.
(18.6.2018) The Democratic lawmakers showed up to see the conditions of the children inside and to see how many were separated from their families at the border. Wasserman Schultz said they were told they could enter earlier in the day by the company contracted to run the facility.
(19.6.2018) Information about where the girls are being held has been sparse.
On Tuesday morning, officials from the Department of Homeland Security and HHS told reporters on a conference call they are working on getting „government resources“ to obtain and release images of girls and toddlers being held at shelters.
The lack of information on the children housed by The Villages prompted two state lawmakers to schedule a Statehouse news conference Friday to demand more transparency. They said The Villages told them it needed two weeks‘ notice for a tour of its Topeka homes.
„We don’t know what the arrangement is — that’s the thing,“ said Democratic state Rep. John Alcala, of Topeka, one of the lawmakers calling the news conference. „It was the non-transparency that concerned us the most.“
The Villages, based in Topeka, has a contract with the federal government to house and provide services for 50 „unaccompanied children“ ages 6 to 18, Joseph Wittrock, its president, confirmed Thursday.
Stephen Miller, the 32-year-old White House adviser, has ignited a political firestorm in the United States as the Trump administration’s immigration policy of separating migrant children from their parents and detentions in cages is putting pressure on the nation.
Miller himself is reportedly happy with how things are going, which led one fellow staffer to equate his behavior to that of the Nazi SS, Vanity Fair reported Wednesday.
The mother rushed toward her son the second he stepped off the jetway. Then she teared up.
In the waiting area of Gate C14 at Baltimore Washington International Airport, she wrapped a blanket around him, cradled his head in her arms and wept.
„I love you,“ she said in Spanish, between sobs.
President Donald Trump says he’ll sign an executive order to address family separation at the border.
„I’ll be signing something in a little while that’s going to do that. I’ll be doing something that’s somewhat pre-emptive and ultimately will be matched by legislation, I’m sure,“ Trump said.
Hillary Clinton (from left), Michelle Obama, Melania Trump, Rosalynn Carter and Laura Bush all have expressed their concern about migrant children being torn from parents at the Mexico border.
That is America today, at our southern border, which asylum-seekers and undocumented migrants alike are seeking to cross. But it is also America in late 1941, in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, when overnight my community, my family, and I became the enemy because we happened to look like those who had dropped the bombs. And yet, in one core, horrifying way this is worse. At least during the internment of Japanese-Americans, I and other children were not stripped from our parents.
The number of children in Japan has fallen for the 37th straight year in a row, a sign the country’s attempts to offset the country’s severely aging population are failing.
So far, at least 45 people have been killed, including four children and two journalists. The number of wounded has reached 5,500, according to the United Nations.
The demonstrations have attracted as many as 30,000 participants, according to media reports.