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USCIS, ORR, ICE, DHS = Missing & Exploited Immigrant Children

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Posted on May 25 2018

 

Innocence lost...

A brief history of how we got here, there’s zero doubt that Donald Trump ran on a hateful, racist AF and fear mongering platform. A typical Us versus Them divisive rhetoric. This isn’t my opinion, this is what Donald J Trump said on June 16, 2015...his words, not mine:

 

“When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. ... They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people,"

 

This Washington Post June 16, 2015 Transcript of Trump’s entire Announcement is an excellent and thorough dissection of Trump’s Candidacy Announcement/Speech. Found here  

THIS IS WHO TRUMP IS

A LIAR, A FRAUD, A TOTAL CONMAN

 

 

Trump has spent months publicly humiliating Attorney General Sessions. Trump’s nonstop berating, insulting and chastisement of Jeff Sessions, it’s almost as if AG Sessions is the battered Spouse of Donald Trump. No matter what AG Sessions does or does not do, Trump just appears to take immense joy beating the verbal _____ out of Sessions.

 Below are a few example of the verbal abuse Trump has directed at AG Sessions, DOJ and FBI...

 

2017 Tweets

2018 🇷🇺Trump Tweets🇷🇺

 

 

 

See what I mean? Trump’s emotional and verbal abuse towrds Attorney General Jeff Sessions shows us exactly who Trump is and who he is not. Irrespective of this irrational and highly dysfunctional codependent relationship, AG Sessions continues to push Trump’s racist AF “policies” forward with the full weight of the Department of Justice. Yes the very same DOJ Trump appears to be burning to the ground because of the ongoing criminal and Counterintelligence Investigations. Yet Sessions the ever so dutiful “nations top cop” continues to issue directives and memorandums.

 

 

Zero Tolerance Policy

Illegal Immigration 

 

April 2017 AG Sessions Memo.

Link here

SUBJECT: Renewed Commitment to Criminal Immigration Enforcement. AG Sessions prioritization of:

“which I directed the prioritization of the prosecution of certain criminal immigration offenses

 

the three page memo reads in part:

It is a high priority of the Department ofJustice to establish lawfulness in our immigration system. While dramatic progress has been made at the border in recent months, much remains to be done. It is critical that our work focus on criminal cases that will further reduce illegality.

Consistent and vigorous enforcement of key laws will disrupt organizations and deter unlawful conduct. I ask that you increase your efforts in this area making the following immigration offenses higher priorities. Further guidance and support ofexecuting this priority- including an updated memorandum on charging for all criminal cases- will be forthcoming.

 

April 8, 2018 AG Sessions memo

Link  here

Attorney General Sessions’ Memo, reiterates his/Trump’s “Zero Tolerance Policy” and reads in part:

 

Today’s zero-tolerance policy further directs each U.S. Attorney’s Office along the Southwest Border (i.e., Southern District of California, District of Arizona, District of New Mexico, Western District of Texas, and the Southern District of Texas) to adopt a policy to prosecute all Department of Homeland Security referrals of section 1325(a) violations, to the extent practicable.

"Renewed Commitment to Criminal Immigration Enforcement," in which I directed the prioritization of the prosecution of certain criminal immigration offenses. I further directed each United States Attorney's Office along the Southwest Border to work with the Department of Homeland Security to develop guidelines for prosecuting offenses under 8 U.S.C. § 1325(a).

 

 

AG Sessions recently traveled to various Boarder States. Where he went on to give the following public remarks.AG Sessions he was asked about the “new” directive of separating children from their parents. This was his response, it’s shocking:

“If you cross this border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you,” Sessions said.

‘It’s that simple.” He included parents who come with their children in his directive.

“if you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child may be separated from you as required by law,”

 

 

 

In a recent NPR interview, Chief of Staff John Kelly said the following (link to NPR interview Transcript, found here) :

‘family separation could be a tough deterrent, “a much faster turnaround on asylum seekers.”

The children would be “put into foster care or whatever,” Kelly said in response to criticism that taking a mother from her child is cruel and heartless.

“But the big point is they elected to come illegally into the United States and this is a technique that no one hopes will be used extensively or for very long,” Kelly told NPR.

 

Late last night an Arizona Newspaper published the following article, link found here When reporters asked the Department of Homeland Security, they were referred to the Office of  Refugee Resettlement (ORR) by which ORR openly admitted, see page 8.

This APRIL 26, 2018, Health and Human Services (HHS) Written Testimony  was submitted to the US Senate last month. There has been zero updates from HHS, USCIS or DHS...this is NOT okay. Link to HHS written Testimony found, here

 admits it can't "determine with certainty the whereabouts" of 1,475 migrant kids.

 

It gets WORSE...

 

...not only are immigrant children missing.

Once in Fed Custody the children suffered

horrific physical abuse by adults 

ACLU newly released report below:

 

”These documents provide a glimpse into a federal immigration enforcement system marked by brutality and lawlessness,” said Mitra Ebadolahi, ACLU Border Litigation Project staff attorney. “All human beings deserve to be treated with dignity and respect regardless of their immigration status — and children, in particular, deserve special protection. The misconduct demonstrated in these records is breathtaking, as is the government’s complete failure to hold officials who abuse their power accountable. The abuse that takes place by government officials is reprehensible and un-American.”

“report is based on over 30,000 pages of documents dated between 2009 and 2014. The documents were obtained by the ACLU Foundation of San Diego & Imperial Counties and the ACLU Foundation of Arizona through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit co-counseled with Cooley LLP. The documents feature numerous cases of shocking violence and abuse against migrant children, many of whom arrived in the United States fleeing violence in their home countries.

“The students reviewing these records were shocked by the abuse and neglect these children were subjected to at the hands of U.S. officials. The fact that these children were already so vulnerable — most traveling alone in hopes of escaping violence and poverty in their home countries — made the unlawful and inhumane actions reflected in the documents even more distressing,” said Claudia Flores, faculty director of the International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School.

 

Examples of the documented abuses include allegations that CBP officials:

Punched a child’s head three times

Kicked a child in the ribs

Used a stun gun on a boy, causing him to fall to the ground, shaking, with his eyes rolling back in his head

Ran over a 17-year-old with a patrol vehicle and then punched him several times

Verbally abused detained children, calling them dogs and “other ugly things”

Denied detained children permission to stand or move freely for days and threatened children who stood up with transfer to solitary confinement in a small, freezing room

Denied a pregnant minor medical attention when she reported pain, which preceded a stillbirth

Subjected a 16-year-old girl to a search in which they “forcefully spread her legs and touched her private parts so hard that she screamed”

Left a 4-pound premature baby and her minor mother in an overcrowded and dirty cell full of sick people, against medical advice

Threw out a child’s birth certificate and threatened him with sexual abuse by an adult male detainee.

Again the 30,000+ documents the ACLU of San Diego obtained, covered 2009-2015, so Trump isn’t on thw hook, but I don’t have ANY confidence or trust that Trump or the Trump Administration will do a top to bottom Investigation in to CBP, DHS, USCIS, DOJ, HHS, ORR...in fact I have ZERO confidence that Trump will do anything, after all he like to call these immigrants “animals”.

The International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago School of Law has written a report highlighting the experiences of migrant children (often asylum-seekers) who suffered verbal, physical, or sexual abuse from CBP officials. The appendix contains all of the original records cited in the report.

 

Link to their 50 page report, here

 

Below are a few examples of the documentary evidence the ACLU of San Diego obtained via numerous FOIA request. The link to the ACLU Dropbox, found here. The ACLU  organized each file and made it  searchable, 

 

As an American, I am deeply ashamed of what our Government has done to these children. This isn’t about your immigrantion status or building a wall. By all appearances our Government has engaged in some heinous acts towards children who were brought here albeit illegally, it’s just despicable and abhorrent.

 

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