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The Moral Travesty that is the Family Separation Crisis is Ongoing

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As the excerpts below remind us, the crisis continues:

Miriam Jordan in the New York Times,A Migrant Boy Rejoins His Mother, but He’s Not the Same”:

Before they were separated at the southwest border, Ana Carolina Fernandes’s 5-year-old son loved playing with the yellow, impish Minion characters from the “Despicable Me” movies. Now his favorite game is patting down and shackling “migrants” with plastic cuffs.

After being separated from his mother for 50 days, Thiago isn’t the same boy who was taken away from her by Border Patrol agents when they arrived in the United States from Brazil, Ms. Fernandes said last week.

Eugene Robinson, Washington Post syndicated columnist, “Does the Trump Administration See Central Americans as Human?

The administration knew that child separations would be the inevitable result of a “zero tolerance” policy in which all undocumented border-crossers — most of them accused of nothing more than a misdemeanor offense — were jailed and put on trial. But officials did not care enough to implement a system for keeping track of parents and their children, some still in diapers.

If you have children, imagine how you would feel seeing them taken away like that. Hug your kids. Imagine not knowing where they are or whether you’ll ever get to hug them again. Now imagine the terror and despair those 711 “ineligible” children must feel. It is monstrous to gratuitously inflict such pain. It is, in a word, torture.

Washington Post editorial, “Families destroyed? Children orphaned? If only we had a Congress!”:

It’s not fair to blame the Bipartisan Policy Center, which convened the forum last week with Mr. McAleenan; it’s not that group’s mission to hold administration officials accountable. That job falls to Congress, which has largely failed to do it — and is failing now to address the chaotic bungling that resulted in families being separated with no effective system to reliably reunite them.

The statistical fallout from that fiasco is roughly 700 children, about a third of those who were removed from their parents this spring, who remain even now in the custody of the U.S. government rather than with their families. In most of those cases, the parents were deported before they could be reunited with their children. It could be months or years before they are rejoined; some may never be.

Alan Gomez for USA Today on Judge Dolly Gee’s new ruling, “Judge orders minors transferred out of immigration detention facility”:

U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee ruled that conditions at the Shiloh Residential Treatment Center in Manvel, Texas, violate a 1997 court settlement that dictates how the government must care for minors who entered the country illegally on their own or were separated from their parents.

Gee ruled that employees at the facility, which is contracted and overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services, administered psychotropic drugs to minors without their parents’ consent, kept some minors in overly-restrictive confinement, and forbade minors from making private phone calls. The department says Shiloh, and other facilities like it, are “secure” facilities that are needed to detain minors with mental health problems or who pose other safety risks.

Gee ruled that facility operators often went overboard in their detainment and punishment of the minors, in one case repeatedly denying water to a boy and then abusing him when he “insisted upon leaving his room for that purpose.”