13 thoughts on ““Yearning to breathe free…”

  1. Nits Make Lice says:

    Trump compares border enforcement to keeping people off ‘your front lawn’ http://thehill.com/latino/395592-trump-compares-border-enforcement-to-keeping-people-off-your-lawn
    President Trump on Thursday tweeted that Congress must pass immigration laws that would allow the U.S. authorities to summarily kick out would-be immigrants “just as they would if they were standing on your front lawn.” In three tweets, Trump called U.S. immigration laws “insane,” railed against the potential hiring of more immigration judges, said the United States is the “only Country in the World that does this,” and praised law enforcement at the border.
    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Thursday that none of the “fewer than 3,000” immigrant children separated from their parents have been reunited with each other so far despite a court order to do so. https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/05/trump-health-chief-alex-azar-issues-update-reunifying-immigrants.html HHS has until Tuesday to reunite children up to the age of 4 with their parents in custody of the Immigration and Custom Enforcement, and a deadline of July 26 to reunite the remaining kids.

  2. Freedom is slavery says:

    President Trump’s Well being and Human Companies Secretary Alex Azar, the official chargeable for the wellbeing of the migrant kids detained in U.S. amenities, says the nation is performing an “act of generosity” by preserving them locked up. https://uspolitics.10ztalk.com/2018/07/11/trumps-hhs-secretary-detaining-migrant-youngsters-is-an-act-of-generosity/
    “It is among the nice acts of American generosity and charity, what we’re doing for these youngsters who’re smuggled into our nation or come throughout illegally,” Azar advised CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday.
    Blitzer pressed Azar concerning the ban on media entry to the detention facilities, which has been the topic of controversy in latest weeks because the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” coverage has separated 1000’s of kids from their dad and mom on the border. “Individuals everywhere in the world are questioning what’s occurring,” Blitzer mentioned.
    Azar responded by explaining that case managers are working by particular person instances to get them reunited with their dad and mom and don’t have time for media.
    “These are teams of essentially the most well-meaning, altruistic people,” he mentioned. “These youngsters are completely happy, they’re beloved, they’re cared for, it’s a compassionate setting.”

  3. Matthew 7:12 says:

    A federal judge said in a court hearing on Friday that because the Trump administration “improperly separated” thousands of immigrant families at the border, it should also cover the costs to reunite them. A government lawyer pushed back, calling that “a huge ask” and saying there weren’t enough resources to pay for families’ flights and other reunification expenses.
    http://www.thisisinsider.com/trump-administration-must-pay-travel-dna-costs-for-separated-immigrant-families-2018-7 The Trump administration said it has reunited 58 of the 103 youngest immigrant children separated from their parents, though lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union alleged that some of the families had been asked to pay hundreds of dollars to reunite with their children. Other reports have emerged that families have been told to cover the costs of the DNA tests the government has been using to match parents with their children.
    The Trump administration missed its deadline to reunite the 103 youngest separated children, all of whom were under the age of five. Its next move is to reunite the remaining, older children, of which there are more than 2,000.
    Immigration and Customs Enforcement left one mother stranded at a bus stop with her children — one of whom was six months old — after reuniting them this week, the ACLU said in a joint status report filed Thursday. The mother made a series of phone calls to her attorney and another advocate, and eventually obtained a bus ticket at midnight.

    • Hostages says:

      “Detaining immigrant children has morphed into a surging industry in the U.S. that now reaps $1 billion annually — a tenfold increase over the past decade, an Associated Press analysis finds. Health and Human Services grants for shelters, foster care and other child welfare services for detained unaccompanied and separated children soared from $74.5 million in 2007 to $958 million in 2017. The agency is also reviewing a new round of proposals amid a growing effort by the White House to keep immigrant children in government custody. http://time.com/5338098/family-separation-immigration-trump-billion-dollar-industry/
      The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) handed out nearly $1 billion in grants last year for child welfare services for detained migrant children http://thehill.com/latino/397017-health-and-human-services-grants-for-detained-children-approach-1b-report
      HHS in May requested bids for five projects involving detained immigration children that could add up to more than $500 million. Those projects include beds, foster and therapeutic care and “secure care,” which refers to hiring security guards. HHS officials said that it will not reunite all of the children with the people who accompanied them to the States.

      • Moloch says:

        ACLU of New Mexico staff attorney Maria Martinez Sanchez’ testimony July 16, 2018 Courts, Corrections and Justice Committee hearing regarding privately operated prisons in New Mexico with contracts to house federal immigration detainees https://www.nmlegis.gov/handouts/CCJ%20071618%20Item%203%20ACLU%20Written%20Testimony.pdf
        The Courts, Corrections and Justice Committee held a hearing Monday afternoon concerning two privately-operated prisons in New Mexico that detain immigrants. The committee invited Ronald D. Vitello, the acting director of ICE, but he did not attend or even acknowledge the invitation. The wardens of the two privately-run facilities in N.M. declined to attend.
        p/s: “Private prison investors set for giant windfall from Trump tax bill : Prison firms that restructured as real estate investment trusts see substantial tax cut – more good news for those who benefit from increased incarceration” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/28/private-prisons-investors-trump-tax-bill

  4. Mick says:

    A U.S. judge struck back late Friday night at a Trump administration claim that speeding up the reunification of immigrant families separated at the U.S.-Mexican border would put children at risk, saying the government had either misunderstood his instructions or was “acting in defiance of them.” https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration/us-judge-trump-administration-spar-over-immigrant-child-safety-idUSKBN1K40TQ The judge also ordered the government to pay the costs of reunification, rather than charging parents, at the hearing on Friday.
    “Immigration Story Missing Context of Hunger and Freedom” https://fair.org/home/immigration-story-missing-context-of-hunger-and-freedom/
    “The story of newborn babies in Iowa shows how immigration crackdowns hurt Americans, too” https://qz.com/1324215/the-startling-study-that-shows-how-crackdowns-on-immigrants-affect-the-children-of-us-born-latinos/

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