Sunday, January 20, 2019

Your tax $$$ spent Kidnapping children and separating families: The "thoroughly gamed-out cruelty to kidnapped children," Trump's Policy of Cruelty to Asylum seekers's children actually began in 2017 according to leaked DHS/ICE/ Trump memo

Trump's cruel family separation policy. 
RIO GRANDE CITY, TX - DECEMBER 07:  A one-year-old from El Salvador clings to his mother after she turned themselves in to Border Patrol agents on December 7, 2015 near Rio Grande City, Texas. They had just illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border into Texas. The mother said she brought her son on the 24-day journey from El Salvador to escape violence in the Central American country. The number of migrant families and unaccompanied minors has again surged in recent months, even as the total number of illegal crossings nationwide has gone down over the previous year.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Sen. Jeff Merkley released a draft memo, leaked by a whistleblower, showing that the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security thoroughly gamed out different ways they could tear children from their parents and use it as a deterrent to keep migrants from seeking asylum at the border.
The memo dates to December 2017, when border crossings were dramatically lower than in December 2016, yet is titled “Policy Options to Respond to Border Surge of Illegal Immigration.” In the memo and in comments on it, Trump administration officials floated the possibility of taking children from their parents but then denying them a hearing before an immigration judge and deporting the whole family—without necessarily reunifying them first. “It appears that they wanted to have it both ways,” ACLU lawyer Lee Gelernt said. “To separate children from their parents but deny them the full protections generally awarded to unaccompanied children.”
The draft memo also considered restricting green cards available to abused, abandoned, or neglected children, as well as previewing the policy of intensive background checks of people who agreed to sponsor unaccompanied migrant children. Publicly, the Trump administration claims that this is for the safety of the children—children they held in detention camps—but the memo acknowledged that the policy would lead to kids being held longer.
A lot of Trump administration policies are based on whim-tweets by Donald Trump and then implemented by his loyal flunkies. This was not. 

This was carefully gamed-out cruelty to children.
Friday, Jan 18, 2019 · 11:47:01 AM PST · Laura Clawson

NEW @SenJeffMerkley asks the FBI to open a perjury investigation into DHS Secretary @SecNielsen
Nielsen stated under oath that "we’ve never had a policy for family separation" but secret memo shows DHS was actively planning family separation policy as early as Dec 2017

Saturday, January 19, 2019

ICE' kidnapping of children began in 2017 when Trump administration stole thousands more kids from families than previously known. Just how many were stolen is, horrifically, “unknown.”

A young boy separated from his mother at the border writes a letter to his grandmother from a migrant children's shelter.
A young boy separated from his mother at the border writes a letter to his grandmother from a migrant children's shelter.
Families Divided
The Trump administration's “zero tolerance” immigration policy, which led to the separation of children from adults who crossed the border illegally, has fueled a national outcry. 
As children stolen from families at the southern border under the barbaric “zero tolerance” policy continue to remain in U.S. custody 175 days past a federal judge’s reunification deadline, a government watchdog has found that the Trump administration stole thousands more kids from families than previously known. Just how many were stolen is, horrifically, “unknown.”
While the administration eventually said that more than 2,500 children had been kidnapped under the 2018 policy, the Office of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General confirmed officials were separating families long before that. "How many more children were separated is unknown,” the OIG said Thursday, “by us and HHS." This squares up with a 2017 Amnesty International report, which also found that far more families were separated than previously reported.
The administration had no plans to reunite children stolen under the policy, and only did so because of a federal judge’s court order. But, "’thousands of separated children’ entered the care of the HHS refugee office before the court order, the report said. The reunification rate for those children is not known, the inspector general's office said.” According to NBC News, “some may have been released to family or nonrelative sponsors, but it is not known how many have been reunified.”
“The report also found that the Trump administration failed to track separated families in a single database,” Politico reports, “an administrative decision that complicated efforts to reunify the families.” Remember that HHS Secretary Alex Azar told senators that “I could at the stroke of keystrokes … within seconds could find any child within our care for any parent.” Yet he, and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen continue to remain in their jobs.
“Where are these children now?” asked reporter Brooke Binkowski. “How many have been drugged, raped, beaten, killed? Where is the oversight? Where is the accountability?” This is a crime against humanity, a disaster of historic proportions that should be the end of any presidency. But under Donald Trump, it seems to be treated as business as usual. 

Why did the Trump administration separate asylum-seekers ...
Why did the Trump administration separate asylum-seekers from their kids? ... She requested asylum for her and her children at an international bridge connecting Brownsville and Matamoros, Mexico.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Trump's continuing Government shut-down negatively impacts DHS/ ICE oversight abilities to prevent more child deaths in custody

The Department of Homeland Security canceled a trip to the southern border in Texas for its advisory council because of the government shutdown, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
Members of the advisory council were supposed to spend several days last week visiting holding centers and detention facilities with a focus on gathering information on the treatment of children and families in custody, those same sources said. The council had embarked on a similar trip in early December. The January visits were supposed to help the team draft recommendations for DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
But members of the council were told that they could not “conduct business” because of the shutdown. Now, their report on how the department can better accommodate the overflow of children at the border is on hold.
The canceling of the council’s visit underscores how the government shutdown has only worsened the situation on the border—a situation that the Trump administration has used as a rationale for demanding a border wall as part of any government funding agreement.
The president has spent weeks, if not months, arguing that a wall is needed to combat a growing national security threat and humanitarian crisis at the border, all while the Department of Homeland Security is battling a public relations fiasco after several children died in its custody. But the practical work the administration is doing is now on hold as Congress and the president debate whether $5.6 billion should be appropriated for the wall.
In general, the DHS advisory council has the job of providing “the Secretary real-time, real-world, sensing and independent advice to support decision-making across the spectrum of homeland security operations,” according to the department’s website.
But now members of the council are unable to even hold conference calls with the secretary, or with each other, because of the shutdown.
“I really don’t get why this is the case,” one member of the council told The Daily Beast. “It’s not like those calls are costing the government any money. Now everything is stalled and we can’t give advice on how to handle everything that’s going on.”
The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The news of the stalled advisory council efforts comes as President Trump is set to make a primetime television address in which he is expected to talk about the possibility of issuing a national emergency to build the border wall. It also comes at a time when the advisory council is supposed to be producing a crucial report with recommendations for Nielsen about how her department can better handle the backlog of asylum claims and the movement of migrants between holding centers and detention facilities.
But members of the advisory council told The Daily Beast that additional resources for DHS would be more effective.
One individual from the council said he traveled with several members to the border in California and Arizona to visit six different sites in December. The most alarming part of the trip, the source said, was the sheer number of people living in holding centers—the facilities that serve as the first stopping point for those who enter the U.S. from the southern border.
Border patrol agents are supposed to transfer individuals from those stations to official detention centers within 24 hours, the source said, but are holding them for “far longer.”
“There are bottlenecks along the way, too,” the advisory council member said. “The way the laws and regulations are set up, one part of Border Patrol can’t turn people over to ICE who can’t turn it over to the next team of people. They just don’t have the resources.”
The source said he spoke with people who crossed the border, including women and children, who had broken bones and wounds.
“Some of them I think had tried to scale the wall and jumped to the ground,” the source said, adding that the detention centers were overcrowded and did not offer a separate space for those suffering from various illnesses.

Abolish ICE and DHS

 Chris Britt for 1/2/2019

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Of course Trump won't cooperate with the UN investigation into US human rights violations by ICE and DHS.. Hitler and the SS wouldn't have cooperated either.

Trump Admin Ends Cooperation With U.N. on Potential Human-Rights Abuse in the U.S.

Reuters / Jim Young

The Trump administration is no longer cooperating with United Nations human-rights investigators on potential violations occurring inside America, The Guardian reports. The State Department is said to have stopped responding to official complaints from U.N. special rapporteurs—a group of experts who act as global watchdogs on issues such as poverty, migration, and justice. At least 13 requests have gone unanswered, according to the report, and there’s been no response to any formal query since May. The Trump administration hasn’t invited any U.N. monitors to visit the U.S. to investigate human rights since Trump’s term began—the only two U.N. experts who have made fact-finding visits were initially invited by Barack Obama. “They are sending a very dangerous message to other countries: that if you don’t cooperate with U.N. experts, they will just go away,” said Jamil Dakwar, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s human-rights program. “That’s a serious setback to the system created after World War II to ensure that domestic human-rights violations could no longer be seen as an internal matter.”