Saturday, February 6, 2021

Kids in Cages Again!

 From National Pulse:

On Tuesday, Biden signed three executive orders on immigration aimed at reunification of migrant families, expediting asylum applications, and reviewing all Trump-era policies, rules, and regulations that constitute “barriers” to immigration.

Meanwhile, a facility for unaccompanied migrant teenagers in Carrizo Springs, Texas, is reopening in response to the recent influx. It was unveiled in July 2019 as a well-equipped, more comfortable alternative to older facilities, run by a non-profit under federal contract, but closed less than a month later due to few children in its care.

“New Texas child detention center is clean and bright—but it’s still a jail,” wrote the Guardian that summer.

A spokesperson for Amnesty International gave this statement when the facility first opened: “Temporary emergency shelters are never a home for children, and Carrizo and other detention facilities like it only demonstrate that these disastrous policies only endanger children, and are never, ever, in the best interests of the child.”

As of 2019, the cost of housing a child at at Carrizo Springs ran a jaw-dropping $750-800 per child per day.

When unaccompanied minors arrive at the border, they are taken into custody by Department of Homeland Security, then referred to Health and Human Services, where case managers attempt to place the minor with a sponsor in the United States. However, unaccompanied minors are currently still subject to expulsion under a public health order put in place by Trump. (Read more.)

From The Epoch Times:

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said its agents arrested a group of 11 Iranians who illegally entered the United States.

According to a news release from the agency, agents saw the group near San Luis, Arizona, on a bridge.

Border Patrol agents then “determined the group had illegally crossed the international border into the United States. The group was arrested and taken to Yuma Station for processing,” according to the release. “The five females and six males are were [sic] all from Iran, a Special Interest Country.”

The agency said that Yuma Sector agents “regularly encounter people from all over the world,” including so-called “Special Interest Countries.”

“For the last two fiscal years, Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents have led the nation in apprehending illegal crossers from Iran. Yuma Sector agents apprehended eight Iranian nationals in [2020], compared to just 14 from all other border patrol sectors combined. So far in [2021], Yuma Sector agents have apprehend[ed] 14 nationals from Iran,” the agency said. Other details about the case were not provided by the agency. (Read more.)


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