Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Obama Built The ‘Cages’ for Illegals

From PJ Media:
It was only a few months ago that Democrats were dismissing the crisis at the border as manufactured by Trump, and now they’re comparing migrant detention centers to concentration camps and blaming Trump for “putting kids in cages.” But for those still trying to blame President Trump, Barack Obama’s former ICE chief, Thomas Homan, has a reality check for them. Speaking at a conference hosted by the Center for Immigration Studies, Homan explained that the “cages” Democrats are blaming on Trump were the product of the Obama administration:
“I’ve been to that facility, where they talk about cages. That facility was built under President Obama under (Homeland Security) Secretary Jeh Johnson. I was there because I was there when it was built,” said Thomas Homan, who was Obama’s executive associate director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for nearly four years. At an immigration conference today, Homan, under consideration for a new position of “border czar” in the Trump administration, grew visibly angry answering a question about “cages” often cited by Democratic critics of the president. Homan, who ran Obama’s successful deportation operation, ripped Democrats who question Trump immigration officials on the Obama-era idea. He cited one Democratic chairman who asked a Trump official, “You still keeping kids in cages?” Homan, at the conference hosted by the Center for Immigration Studies, said, “I would answer the question, ‘The kids are being housed  in the same facility built under the Obama administration.’ If you want to call them cages, call them cages. But if the left wants to call them cages and the Democrats want to call them cages then they have to accept the fact that they were built and funded in FY 2015.”
Homan explained that the fencing that separates kids from adults is done for safety reasons. “It’s chain link dividers that keep children separate from unrelated adults. It’s about protecting children,” he said. He also added it’s only temporary accommodations until they are moved elsewhere by the Department of Health and Human Services. According to a Google News search, only conservative media seems to be talking about Homan's comments. Gee, I wonder why. (Read more.)

This has to stop. We need that wall. From Breitbart:
 Women and young girls from Central America are routinely given birth control or morning-after pills by their mothers in anticipation of the likely sexual assaults that will occur on their illicit journey to the United States. These females are often raped immediately upon making it to their first stop once they arrive in a Mexican stash house from Guatemala. They then are shipped to the U.S.-Mexico border, usually to Reynosa, Mexico, immediately south of McAllen, Texas. In the process of making it from the first stash house to the second, the women and young girls are often sexually assaulted or raped again by the smuggler–or group of smugglers–taking them between the two locations. The sexual assaults and rapes then often happen again in the second Mexican stash house of their journey. They are then trickled into the U.S. across the porous border and brought to a third stash house in a U.S. border town, usually in or near McAllen, Texas. They are often sexually assaulted or raped again by the operator of the stash house if they are deemed attractive by the criminals operating the clandestine facility. They are stockpiled until the cartel wants to send a large load of narcotics across the Rio Grande. The cartel then sends a large load of humans across in one area and then a drug load across in another. (Read more.)

From The Miami Herald:
The wave of minors crossing the border without family was the first group of many expected to arrive at the site as they continue to flee Central America.
It’s the first time South Florida houses unaccompanied minors. More than 200 are currently residing at the shelter, which has the capacity for 600 more. The children are ages 13 to 17 and are from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. All kids under 13 are placed in a permanent shelter.
The federal government operates about 100 permanent shelters across the country, but the Homestead site is the only temporary shelter currently active and was opened to handle the overflow of youths awaiting an immigration hearing. “Let’s go back in time. In 2014, the surge of unaccompanied minors crossing the borders left pictures of kids piled up at border patrol. There was not enough capacity for the 58,000 referred to our care the highest ever in the program’s history,” HHS spokeswoman Stephanie Acker Housman said. “That’s when [the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services] started to work with Homeland Security to make improvements and increase preparedness by setting up additional temporary shelters.”
In 2015, about 33,000 minors came through the system — the nation’s second highest in history, Housman said. However, a temporary shelter wasn’t needed. “In the fall of 2016 we saw an uptick in referrals and that’s why we’re in Homestead right now,” Housman said, adding that at the previous temporary shelters used in the summer of 2014, it cost about $500 a day to care for each minor. She said HHS “does not yet know” what it will cost to house the children at the Homestead location until “some time passes.”
The Job Corps site was a good shelter candidate because it is federal land, and already had a facility with ample space, cafeterias and dormitories. The complex includes the former Job Corps building, which can sleep 800 children, plus newly erected tents that house bathroom, laundry and other facilities. (Read more.)

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More help. From the Catholic News Agency:
On Thursday, a group of attorneys who interviewed migrant children about the detention center conditions asked a federal judge to issue an emergency order that the centers be inspected immediately and that the conditions be improved, the Washington Post reported. Late Thursday, the House passed a Senate-approved emergency relief bill that would give $4.6 billion in aid for the humanitarian crisis on the border. The bill now goes to President Donald Trump. One of the biggest needs on the border is legal aid to help children reunite with their families, Herndon-De La Rosa said. That is why part of the donations from the drive will go to Immigrant Families Together, a legal group dedicated to reuniting families.

One of the challenges for pro-life people who want to help with the border crisis, Herndon-De La Rosa added, is that some of the larger corporations doing good work at the border also have ties to abortion funding. The groups that New Wave Feminists chose for their donations, including the legal group as well as two humanitarian respite centers, were vetted accordingly. One of the chosen respite centers - which is where families are reunited after detainment - is run by Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley. “We should be able to stand with the vulnerable wherever they are,” Herndon-De La Rosa said, “and that extends beyond the womb.” (Read more.)

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