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Migrant kids could be held in US military bases at Mexico border

US military bases could soon be used as holding facilities for migrant children that have been separated from their parents at the southern border under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policies.

Officials from the US Department of Health and Human Services are planning to tour a number of military installations near the border in Texas in an effort to source more space to house children waiting for placements with sponsor families, NBC reported.

The installations under consideration are the Dyess Air Force Base, the Goodfellow Air Force Base, and Fort Bliss, a HHS spokesperson said.

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20 hours ago, jakeem said:

First person to serve prison time in Mueller probe gets deported http://hill.cm/61PjGAy 



19 hours ago, Princess of Tap said:

And Breaking  News, ICE deports a white upscale Benelux lawyer.  This is not the kind of deportation that Jeff Sessions wants.

No, but it's the kind of deportation that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller has demanded. 

More to come.......


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Exclusive: U.S. sending 1,600 immigration detainees to federal prisons

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. authorities are transferring into federal prisonsabout 1,600 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees, officials told Reuters on Thursday, in the first large-scale use of federal prisons to hold detainees amid a Trump administration crackdown on people entering the country illegally.


An ICE spokeswoman told Reuters five federal prisons will temporarily take in detainees awaiting civil immigration court hearings, including potential asylum seekers, with one prison in Victorville, California, preparing to house 1,000 people.

President Donald Trump has made his hard-line stance on immigration an integral part of his presidency and has promised to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border to stem the flow of migrants. He has also promised to keep immigrants targeted for deportation locked up “pending the outcome of their removal proceedings.”

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Sahil KapurVerified account @sahilkapur


NEWS: Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the Trump administration will reject requests for asylum on the basis of domestic violence or gang violence. https://www.justice.gov/eoir/page/file/1070866/download 


New York Attorney GeneralVerified account @NewYorkStateAG 3h3 hours ago


Ask a victim of domestic violence or the target of a gang whether their fear was real

Whether the danger they were in was real.

This is wrong.

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Ryan Says Legislation Needed To Stop Family Separation At The Border


"This I do think ought to be addressed, we believe it should be addressed in immigration legislation," Ryan said. "What's happening at the border with the separation of parents and their children is because of a court ruling, that's why I think legislation is necessary."

Ryan agreed earlier this week to hold votes on two immigration bills, each aimed at satisfying one ideological wing of the party.

Ryan has said any GOP immigration bill must address the four pillars outlined by President Trump: legal protections for immigrants who are in the country illegally after arriving in the U.S. as children; border security; ending the diversity visa lottery; and adding new restrictions for family-based legal immigration........



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A look inside Trump immigration facility: 'effectively, these kids are incarcerated'

Today, MSNBC correspondent Jacob Soboroff was one of a small group of reporters allowed inside the largest facility for immigrant children in the U.S. – the facility Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) was refused entry to earlier this month. Jacob joins Lawrence to share what he saw. Sen. Merkley also joins the discussion.



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How We Got Here: The Disturbing Path that Leads to Child Prison Camps

Trump and Sessions are uniquely awful. But it’s also true that the road to this fresh hell was laid, at least in part, by Bush and Obama.

One of the fresh horrors this week: The Trump administration is considering housing immigrant children in tents at three Texas military bases. On one level, these tent cities, as they’ve been branded on social media, have a practical purpose. They are provisional solutions to an artificial overcrowding problem. Jeff Beauregard Sessions — who looks more and more these days like a po-faced gremlin that’s been given the keys to the plantation — has decided to criminally prosecute anyone who crosses the border without authorization, including parents traveling with children. Since kids can’t (yet) go to prison with mom and dad, the federal government must — by its cruel logic — seize the children and turn them over to the temporary custody of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. But HHS facilities are at 95 percent capacity. There’s no more room at the inn for Sessions’ growing collection of traumatized youngsters. The attorney general, however, is not a man easily deterred by human rights, laws protecting asylum-seekers, or the “optics” of stacking kids like cordwood near the 1st Armored Division. Thus, the brain trust has landed on tents. Maybe Joe Arpaio was tapped for ideas?

Like many Trump border/immigration proposals, this is both new and not new. What’s new is the extreme cruelty of prosecuting parents, many of them asylum-seekers fleeing unbearable violence in their home countries, for the misdemeanor offense of illegal entry. The law has been on the books for a long time, but previous administrations have exercised discretion in a way that excluded families. What’s new is the zealousness with which the administration has treated children, some reportedly as young as 18 months, as collateral damage from its increasingly draconian immigration policies. Let’s be clear: Sessions et. al have chosen to split apart families in the name of tamping down lawlessness.


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Exclusive: Trump looking to **** tent cities to house unaccompanied children


The Trump administration is looking to build tent cities at military posts around Texas to shelter the increasing number of unaccompanied migrant children being held in detention.

The Department of Health and Human Services will visit Fort Bliss, a sprawling Army base near El Paso in the coming weeks to look at a parcel of land where the administration is considering building a tent city to hold between 1,000 and 5,000 children, according to U.S. officials and other sources familiar with the plans.

HHS officials confirmed that they’re looking at the Fort Bliss site along with Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene and Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo for potential use as temporary shelters.

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Chris HayesVerified account @chrislhayes 5h5 hours ago


BREAKING: According to internal CBO documents obtained by @allinwithchris, from June 3-11,

fully ***91%*** of parents being prosecuted at the border and forcibly separated from their children

are being prosecuted for a *misdemeanor.*


Additionally in that period of time 366 children were separated from their parents. Also, and this is still a bit unclear,

the documents appear to show that child separation is happening *before* the decision to prosecute.

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‘America is better than this’: What a doctor saw in a Texas shelter for migrant children

"These children are thrust into detention centers often without an advocate or an attorney and possibly even without the presence of any adult who can speak their language.

"...........But the first child who caught the prominent pediatrician’s attention during a recent visit was anything but happy. Inside a room dedicated to toddlers was a little girl no older than 2, screaming and pounding her fists on a mat. One woman tried to give her toys and books to calm her down, but even that shelter worker seemed frustrated, Kraft told The Washington Post, because as much as she wanted to console the little girl, she couldn’t touch, hold or pick her up to let her know everything would be all right.

That was the rule, Kraft said she was told: They’re not allowed to touch the children......

“The really devastating thing was that we all knew what was going on with this child. We all knew what the problem was,” Kraft said. “She didn’t have her mother, and none of us can fix that.”

We want you to imagine for a moment what this might be like for a child: to flee the place you have called your home because it is not safe to say and then embark on a dangerous journey to an unknown destination, only to be ripped apart from your sole sense of security with no understanding of what just happened to you or if you will ever see your family again. And that the only thing you have done to deserve this, is to do what children do: stay close to the adults in their lives for security. ..........



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Border Patrol vehicle strikes Native American, drives away: report

U.S. Border Patrol officials have opened an investigation after video surfaced showing an agency vehicle striking a man on a Native American reservation in Arizona and driving away, The New York Times reported. The victim, Paulo Remes of the Tohono O'odham Nation, recorded the video on his phone.

It spread quickly on social media after several tribe members and Indivisible Tohono, an organization focused on the effect of federal border policies, posted the recording on Twitter and Facebook.

"They just ran me over, bro," Remes is heard saying on the video. He told the Arizona Daily Star he was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of injuries after being struck by a sport utility vehicle on Tohono O'odham land about 60 miles southwest of Tucson. 

The Border Patrol said it was "actively investigating."

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Trump migrant separation policy: Children 'in cages' in Texas

Reporters and Democratic lawmakers have been allowed inside a detention centre that lies at the heart of a growing storm over a new US policy separating migrant children from their parents.

Authorities did not allow photos or videos to be taken inside the centre, but US Customs and Border Protection later released several images. Former First Lady Laura Bush has compared it to the internment camps used for Japanese-Americans during World War Two. A Democratic congressman who visited the site said it was "nothing short of a prison".

The Texas facility is known as Ursula, though immigrants are reportedly calling it La Perrera - dog kennel in Spanish - in reference to the cages used to hold children and adults who have ended up there after crossing the border from Mexico illegally.

"One cage had 20 children inside. Scattered about are bottles of water, bags of chips [crisps] and large foil sheets intended to serve as blankets," the Associated Press reports.


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Texas cop 'abused migrant girl and threatened to deport mum'

A Texas sheriff's deputy has been arrested for abusing a four-year-old girl and threatening her undocumented immigrant mother with deportation.

Jose Nunez, 47, had worked as a detention deputy with the Bexar County Sheriff's Department for 10 years.

He was arrested early on Sunday morning after the girl's mother sought help from a local fire department.

The Bexar sheriff called the case "heartbreaking, disturbing, disgusting and infuriating all at the same time".

Sheriff Javier Salazar said at a press conference on Sunday that Mr Nunez had been placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

Mr Nunez has been charged with super aggravated sexual assault, a charge applied when the victim is under six years old.

Sheriff Salazar said the suspect is "not worthy to be part of this agency", adding that he took advantage of the mother's immigration status to threaten her to keep quiet about the assaults.

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Trump admin discussed separating moms, kids to deter asylum-seekers in Feb. 2017

Notes from a DHS meeting show it was one of the methods discussed for discouraging asylum-seekers.
........two weeks after President Donald Trump's inauguration, Lafferty laid out a number of policies specifically intended to lower the number of immigrants claiming asylum. According to the notes, he provided attendees with the latest asylum numbers, which were at their highest point in 20 years in 2016, and then said the administration was "in the process of reviewing" a number of policies, including separation of parents and children, to try to curb those numbers. ......


Nielsen and Attorney General Jeff Sessions say women and children will only be separated when they are caught crossing the border "illegally," which they define as crossing between designated ports of entry.

NBC News has found that some women are separated from their children even if they are legally claiming asylum and not being referred for prosecution. In those cases, the children are kept in the same facility, but they are still separated for days without being told whether they will be reunited.....



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U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are systematically violating U.S. and international law by blocking immigrants at international ports of entry on the southern border from entering the country so they can claim asylum. Immigration civil rights advocates have been documenting this illegal behavior since late 2016, from Texas to California...........

The blocking works this way: In the precise middle of the international bridges, CBP agents stand, sentry-like, near the imaginary line dividing the two countries — a line often marked with a ceremonial metal plaque. The agents peer at everyone crossing, looking for people they think might be candidates for asylum. If the people say anything suggesting they might be requesting asylum — if they’re not Mexicans, and especially if they’re from Central America — the agents block their way and say to come back another time. ......

By blocking asylum-seekers from crossing legally, CBP is pressuring them to cross illegally. Garcia believes that this new practice gives the government an excuse to split up even more families. ...


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Trump Lies About Germany, Again,

to Cast Immigrants as an Existential Threat

....... Undeterred by the facts, Trump followed his false claim with a second tweet, in which he revealed that the lie about Germany was part of a broader effort to cast immigration, at least by nonwhites, as an existential threat to both Europe and the United States. ....


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Trump rejects calls for more immigration judges: 'We have to have a real border, not judges'

....referencing calls from Republicans and Democrats for additional immigration judges to be dispatched to the border to handle the backlog of illegal entry cases and more quickly adjudicate asylum claims.


"Ultimately, we have to have a real border, not judges,” Trump said.


“Thousands and thousands of judges they want to hire. Who are these people?” Trump continued. “When we vet a single federal judge it goes through a big process.”

The president appeared to be referencing calls from Republicans and Democrats for additional immigration judges to be dispatched to the border to handle the backlog of illegal entry cases and more quickly adjudicate asylum claims.

"Seriously, what country does this? They said ‘sir, we’d like to hire 5,000 or 6,000 more judges,” Trump continued.

“Now can you imagine the graft that must take place?”.....


-GRAFT?!......Now THAT's something You'll know about! ;)

probably upset no one's offered HIM any (yet)

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