Saturday, August 18, 2018

While Even Hitler only had "Concentration Camps" the SS and the Gestapo, American tax $$$ fund ICE, DHS, and Private Prison Companies (like Core Civic) all profiting from incarcerating Kidnapped children, Asylum seekers, 'regular' Prisoners throughout Incarceration Nation, Juvenile 'facilities' and Civil Commitment Facilities.

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Banks get rich,  Airlines get rich, Adoption Agencies get rich, while ICE gets its foot in every door in America. and Billionaires, politicians and all sort so hanger's on line their pockets with tax dollars  

  • Katie Lobosco, "Immigrant advocates attack banks for financing private prisons," CNN, July 26, 2018.
  • Patrick Greenfield, "Family separation: hundreds of migrant children still not reunited with families in US," The Guardian, July 26, 2018.
  • Madison Pauly, "The Private Prison Industry Is Licking Its Chops Over Trump’s Deportation Plans," Mother Jones, Feb, 21, 2017.
  • Ibid.
  • Niv Elis, "House panel advances homeland security bill with $5 billion in border wall funding," The Hill, July 25, 2018.
  • Ali Rogin, John Parkinson and Elizabeth Brown-Kaiser, "Government shutdown looms with impasse over border wall," ABC News, July 30, 2018.
  • Madison Pauly, "How a Private Prison Company Used Detained Immigrants for Free Labor," Mother Jones, April 3, 2017.
  • Friday, August 17, 2018

    Separating families due to incarceration, immigration status, mental health, and/or race and class is wrong.


    Let Me Tell You What Forced Separation Looks Like


    Still, many people seem to forget that the US has a long track record of forcibly separating families, whether it was African Americans during slavery, the Japanese during World War II, Native Americans during colonization, or poor children whose “unfit” single mothers have lost custody today.
    Another common way families are forcibly separated? Juvenile detention.
    Tens of thousands of teens and pre-teens — most often the poor and people of color — are locked up in substandard, often privatized penal facilities. Children who go through these forced family separations often wind up experiencing trauma, grief, shame, and dehumanization.
    The sad reality is incarceration rates are on the rise alongside economic inequality, and children aren’t exempt. Quite often, the only crime these children have committed is that they’re from vulnerable families or suffering from mental health issues.
    My son and I personally experienced this.
    My son became severely depressed around the time he turned 13. I was a single mother teaching as an adjunct, making less than $20,000 a year, so the treatment he needed wasn’t available to us.
    My son got into the criminal “justice” system for the initial petty crime of stealing a pair of sneakers, and he remained there for most of his high school years.
    Like so many struggling kids, instead of getting the treatment he desperately needed, he was sent to subpar facilities that made his emotional pain worse. He received no real therapy, and they often refused to give him his required medication or messed it up.
    He began to see himself as a number, as a terrible person. I saw myself the same way, because I knew how the court system saw me — as a poor single mother with no husband and a “criminal” son.
    From the time he was 14 until he was 18, he was transferred to at least 10 different facilities. I often didn’t know where, because I wasn’t notified. Despite his chronic depression, he was also put in isolation a number of times — a tactic known to increase mental suffering among adult prisoners.
    At one point, they put him into an adult jail in isolation for at least a month. He was 17 and had just been released from the psych ward that same day. During his once a week phone calls, I could hear the increasing desperation in his voice, as well as the screaming of other adult prisoners in the background.
    As a parent, this experience was devastating and terrorizing. There’s no way to describe it. The trauma from that pain is still real now.
    My son is older now, thankfully alive, and doing the hard work of putting his life back together. “Real therapy would have been so helpful,” he told me. “So much pain could have been spared.”
    “It really desensitizes people all the way around,” he said of his experience. “It makes you value yourself less and others less, too, since other people see you as a nonhuman.”
    No human should ever be treated this way. But while we are wounded, we are not broken.
    Social movements are gaining momentum. For example, the immigrant rights movement is growing alongside the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign and other prison liberation movements.
    Separating families due to incarceration, immigration status, mental health, and/or race and class is wrong. If the families impacted by incarceration and other traumas join together with advocates for immigrants, we can create a sea of social change.
    As one of my students recently wrote, “There are more of us than them.”

    Tuesday, August 14, 2018

    When DHS says Bringing your own child to seek asylum in the US is a crime called "Child Sex Trafficking and Thomas Homan ( Dir off ICE) refused to listen to the cries of children: " I’ve heard many children cry in my 34 years,” he told Smith in the above excerpt from the documentary. “I don’t need to hear children cry.”


    Former Acting ICE Director Reacts to Audio of Separated Children

     
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    by PATRICE TADDONIO Assistant Director of Audience Development
    Hundreds of immigrant children who were separated from their parents under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy have yet to be reunited with them, despite last week’s court-imposed deadline — in some cases, because the parents have already been deported.
    It’s the latest development in an evolving story that has dominated headlines ever since more than 2,000 families were separated earlier this year, under a Trump administration policy of criminally prosecuting any adult who enters the country unlawfully.
    On July 31, in a new documentary called Separated: Children at the BorderFRONTLINE investigated the origins and impact of the policy, and the government’s handling of immigrant children who were separated from their parents after crossing into the United States prior to President Donald Trump’s executive order halting the practice in June.
    Helping to implement the policy prior to the executive order was Thomas Homan, acting director of ICE from 2017 until the end of June. FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith sat down with Homan several weeks after ProPublica released audio of crying, detained immigrant children who had been separated from their parents.
    The tape shocked the world and led the news for days. Homan told Smith he hadn’t listened.
    “I’ve heard many children cry in my 34 years,” he told Smith in the above excerpt from the documentary. “I don’t need to hear children cry.”
    Then, Smith played the tape for him.
    Homan acknowledged that as a parent, it was sad to hear. But he said the administration needed to “address the border.”
    “When the government chooses to enforce the law and they separate the parents who have been prosecuted, just like every U.S. citizen person in this country gets separated when he gets arrested… but people want a different set of rules for an illegal alien,” he told Smith.
    In Separated: Children at the Border, Smith and producer Marcela Gaviria explore what made the separations under the “zero tolerance” policy different from those under other circumstances. With reporting from Central America, Mexico and the border, the documentary traces how both presidents Trump and Obama handled minors at the border, and examines how the separation policy came to be.
    The film also reveals the journeys and voices of children who were separated from their parents — and why, even for those families who have now been reunited, the scars remain.
    “It’s like she feels her time with me is running out… like she’s afraid it could happen all over again,” says one father who was separated from his six-year-old daughter.

    Monday, August 13, 2018

    ICE & DHS Detention Facilities run by Adoption Agencies bent on "Disappearing" kidnapped Asylum-seeker's children...forever... The U.S. has a “special immigrant juvenile” classification designed for abandoned children.


    John Sandweg, who served as acting ICE Director under President Obama, tells Rolling Stone,“There’s a very high risk of permanent separation” for the families that were ripped apart. Migrant parents could easily lose legal custody, he says, in a Kafka-esque tangle of American bureaucracies. (Trump on Friday mocked the migrants’ “phony stories of sadness and grief.”)




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                        (Trump on Friday mocked the migrants’ “phony stories of sadness and grief.”)

     

    President Trump’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy has ripped thousands of children – some as young as 3 months old – from their migrant parents. Trump claims his new executive order will suspend child/parent separations, in favor of family detention at federal internment camps. But the administration has given contradictory accounts of what will happen to the children who have already undergone separation.
    On Wednesday, administration officials told reporters no special effort would be made to return these children to their parents. On Thursday, Trump said he was directing government agencies to “work” to “reunite these previously separated groups.” Yet the president, who lies constantly, undercut that assurance later in the same meeting, insisting his executive order was “limited,” and adding: “No matter how you cut it, it leads to separation ultimately.”  John Sandweg, who served as acting ICE Director under President Obama, tells Rolling Stone,“There’s a very high risk of permanent separation” for the families that were ripped apart. Migrant parents could easily lose legal custody, he says, in a Kafka-esque tangle of American bureaucracies. (Trump on Friday mocked the migrants’ “phony stories of sadness and grief.”)
    To understand the plight of the families affected by Trump’s initiative – which Amnesty International has condemned as “nothing short of torture” – it’s critical to understand that once family units are broken apart, parents and children are in the hands of two separate bureaucracies. Here’s how the process typically goes: Parents are detained by ICE within the Department of Homeland Security; the children are handed over to the Department of Health and Human Services, and are now considered unaccompanied minors. Some of the children have extended family in America who can provide a home for them. For the rest, HHS seeks foster care placements – anywhere in the U.S. that can accommodate them. “They’re flying these kids all over the country,” says Sandweg.
    The government is not equipped to keep track of the broken family units as they proceed separately through the adjudication and/or deportation process. “It’s really hard, logistically, to do this – to track movements of everybody, to match IDs,” Sandweg says. “And if you’ve got two separate agencies doing it, it’s really, really hard – even if you’ve planned it. I’m seeing no signs that any of this was well planned.” For parents who’ve already been deported, Sandweg adds, “There is no agency that’s now tracking the parent in Honduras.” In other words, even if the Trump administration wanted to fly the child back home, Sandweg says, there’s no guarantee the government knows where to send them.
    Migrant parents held in detention are on a fast track for deportation – receiving a trial on their immigration status within weeks of crossing the border. Some desperate parents, Sandweg says, may have already been pressured into abandoning asylum claims and voluntarily accepting removal from the United States, in the mistaken belief that this would speed reunification with an infant child. But this is a false hope.
    “There’s no mechanism for ICE to track the location of the baby, and ICE isn’t going to wait for HHS to find that kid and bring that kid down to McAllen, Texas, and pair them with the parent, and then fly the two of them back to Guatemala or Honduras – that’s not how it works,” Sandweg says. “ICE gets the final order of removal, and ICE is going to execute that removal order as quickly as possible. You need to free up that [detention] bed for somebody else – that’s what it’s all about.”
    The nightmare continues once parents return to their home countries without their children. Unlike adults, unaccompanied migrant children are a low priority for deportation. It can take years for a child’s asylum case to wend its way before an immigration judge. If the child is now in the foster care system, he or she is a ward of whatever state HHS sent him or her to. And the state court system has to designate a legal guardian to make ongoing decisions about the welfare of that child.
    Sandweg presents a heartbreaking scenario: “The parent is back to Honduras. They want their child back, but there’s no effective means of finding out where the child is,” he says. In state court hearings, the deported parents are then punished for being out of country. “The parent has no way – legally or financially – to return to the United States to appear in state court proceedings where the guardianship of their child is being decided,” Sandweg says. Because the feds deported the parent, courts usually deem the child to have been abandoned, legally speaking. “Parental rights are then severed,” often permanently, says Sandweg. “Now, the parent has no legal authority to mandate return of their child.”
    In this way, the families that the Trump administration ripped apart over a misdemeanor offense could become permanently ruptured. Some of the children, Sandweg says, could eventually be put up for adoption. In the darkest of ironies, forcibly orphaned migrants – whom the president is desperate to deport – could in fact qualify for permanent residency, because the U.S. has a “special immigrant juvenile” classification designed for abandoned children. As Sandweg puts it, “Trump could be creating hundreds of future green card holders.”

    Sunday, August 12, 2018

    Thank You Judge Dolly Gee! Trump ordered to stop drugging the kidnapped children of Asylum Seekers against their will (children whose parents are fleeing Drug Gangs in their own county)

    Trump administration must stop giving psychotropic drugs to migrant children without consent, judge rules


    U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee ruled that the federal government must seek consent before giving migrant children medication. (NAPABA/AP)
    A federal judge on Monday found that U.S. government officials have been giving psychotropic medication to migrant children at a Texas facility without first seeking the consent of their parents or guardians, in violation of state child welfare laws.
    U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles ordered the Trump administration to obtain consent or a court order before administering any psychotropic medications to migrant children, except in cases of dire emergencies. She also ordered that the government move all children out of a Texas facility, Shiloh Residential Treatment Center in Manvel, except for children deemed by a licensed professional to pose a “risk of harm” to themselves or others.
    Staff members at Shiloh admitted to signing off on medications in lieu of a parent, relative or legal guardian, according to Gee’s ruling. Government officials defended this practice, saying they provided these drugs only on “an emergency basis” when a child’s “extreme psychiatric symptoms” became dangerous.
    The judge didn’t buy this explanation, pointing to testimony from children who said they were given pills “every morning and every night.” Officials “could not have possibly” administered medications to children on an emergency basis every day, Gee wrote.
    Children testified in court filings that staff with the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement would sometimes not tell them what drugs they were being given or why. They recalled feeling side effects such as nausea, dizziness, depression and weight gain. Some reported being forcibly injected with drugs, and others said they felt that refusing medications would cause them to be detained longer.
    “I witnessed staff members forcefully give medication four times,” one child held at Shiloh, identified as Isabella M., said. “. . . Two staff members pinned down the girl . . . and a doctor gave her one or two injections.”
    Isabella was prescribed multiple psychotropic medications at Shiloh, including topiramate, without her mother’s consent, according to an April court filing. “Nobody asked me for permission to give medications to my daughter, even though the staff at Shiloh has always had my telephone number and address,” the mother testified.
    The mother said Isabella’s anxiety medications were causing her to tremble and feel nervous. Isabella “tells me that she has fallen several times,” her mother testified, “because the medications were too powerful and she couldn’t walk.”
    The Shiloh Residential Treatment Center, the judge ruled, violated a long-standing settlement that set strict standards for detaining immigrant children, including those who crossed the border unaccompanied and those who were separated from their parents. The 1997 Flores agreement requires the government to place children in the “least restrictive” setting appropriate to their age and any special needs.
    Plaintiffs on behalf of immigrant children showed Shiloh violated this standard in part because it is a locked facility with 24-hour surveillance and monitoring and engages in practices that are “not necessary for the protection of minors or others,” the judge wrote. Shiloh is one of many shelters contracted by the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement to house immigrant children.
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    Why hundreds of migrant children are still separated from their parents
    Hundreds of migrant children remain in custody after the Trump Administration scrambled to reunite separated families under a court-imposed deadline. 
    There is evidence that several children were not allowed to have any private telephone calls at Shiloh, Gee wrote. One minor, identified as Julio Z., said Shiloh staff refused to let him and other children leave their living areas to get drinking water. When Julio tried to step out to get water on one occasion, a staff member allegedly threw him to the ground, injuring his elbow.
    The judge ordered Shiloh to stop using any unessential security measures, such as denying children drinking water, and demanded officials allow children at Shiloh to speak privately over the phone.
    Gee also said the government must explain to children in writing, in a language they understand and in a reasonable amount of time why they are being transferred to a secure facility, staff-secure facility or a residential treatment center. The judge also ruled officials cannot place children in a secure facility solely because they were allegedly affiliated with gangs.
    Most immigrant children in U.S. custody are in nonsecure facilities. But others are in a range of higher-security facilities. A secure facility is the most restrictive option, with a physically secure structure and staff trained to control violent behavior — much like a juvenile detention center. A “staff-secure” facility may have a secure perimeter, such as a fence, and a higher staff-to-child ratio, but is not equipped with locked cells. Residential treatment centers are assigned to children who are determined to pose a danger to themselves or others.
    Shiloh is a collection of trailers and small buildings that can house up to 44 children, 32 of them immigrants, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting, which has reported extensively on the facility. It has been contracted to house immigrant children deemed unaccompanied minors since 2013 and was also set to receive children separated from their parents under the Trump administration.
    The facility also has a history of troubling practices, including allegations of child abuse, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting. A local congresswoman called for Shiloh to be shut down four years ago after the Houston Chronicle reported on long-running allegations of physical violence, excessive use of physical restraints and several deaths of children in custody.
    A doctor at Shiloh who has signed off on many prescriptions for psychotropic drugs to immigrant children has practiced without board certification to treat children and adolescents for nearly a decade, the Center for Investigative Reporting found.
    In a statement currently on its website, Shiloh said it has been visited, audited or investigated by authorities at the state and federal level in recent weeks. “All of the widely distributed allegations about Shiloh were found to be without merit,” the center wrote. “The children have been found to be properly cared for and treated. Shiloh Treatment Center has a specific treatment purpose within the federal system. It does not participate in border actions.”
    Numerous sworn testimonies in court affidavits indicated children at Shiloh were regularly given psychotropic medication without the proper parental consent. Sometimes they were told these were vitamins.
    In an April 16 court filing, lawyers wrote that “psychotropic drugs can seriously and permanently injure children.”
    “The importance of oversight when giving psychotropic medications to children is well established,” the lawyers wrote. “Without it, the potential for abuse — including using drugs as ‘chemical straight-jackets’ to control children, rather than to treat actual mental health needs — is unacceptably high.”
    Julio Z., another minor held at Shiloh, said he “never knew exactly what the pills were.” Court documents list Clonazepam, Divalproex, Duloxetine, Guanfacine, Latuda, Geodon, and Olanzapine among his medications.
    “The staff threatened to throw me on the ground and force me to take the medication,” Julio Z testified. “I also saw staff throw another youth to the ground, pry his mouth open and force him to take the medicine. . . . They told me that if I did not take the medicine I could not leave, that the only way I could get out of Shiloh was if I took the pills.”
    Lucas R., a 12-year-old boy from Guatemala who was detained in February, was transferred to Shiloh after he refused to take antidepressant Zoloft, which was causing him stomach pain, according to a separate court filing. Shiloh medical staff diagnosed Lucas with major depressive disorder and told him that officials would not release him until Shiloh medical personnel declared him psychologically sound.
    His depression was in large part triggered by “being kept from family,” who had entered the country before him, according to court documents.