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After Six Deaths, Is DHS Doing Enough to Ensure the Health and Safety of Children in Their Care?

Congress Conducts Oversight Today Today, the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Border Security is holding a hearing, “Assessing the Adequacy of DHS Efforts to Prevent Child Deaths in Custody.” Under the Trump administration, six children have died under DHS custody or just after release from custody. This is the same federal department with agents … Continue reading »

Explosive Reports Highlighting Violations, Profits Within Detention Centers: USA Today

In two incredibly in-depth stories, USA Today highlights the corruption within ICE detention centers across the US that has lead to severe trauma, physical harm, and death of migrants. Since President Trump’s election, spending for detention centers has skyrocketed, centers have multiplied and a record number of migrants have been subjected to ICE’s abuse.  In … Continue reading »

ICE Negligence Regarding Medical Care is Killing People

“There must be oversight and accountability for a department that is mercilessly killing immigrants in its own facilities and actively blocking medical care” Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have once again proven  that inside the walls of detention centers, their capacity for cruelty and inhumanity knows no bounds.  BuzzFeed recently obtained a Department of … Continue reading »

McKinsey Cashes In On Cruelty

A joint exposé by ProPublica and the New York Times reveals that elite consulting company McKinsey & Company made shocking and inhumane recommendations to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). From the story:  …the money-saving recommendations the consultants came up with made some career ICE workers uncomfortable. They proposed cuts in spending on food for migrants, … Continue reading »

Congressional Hearings Show 50% Growth in ICE Detention Under Trump Despite Dysfunctional and Incompetent Inspections System that Fails to Keep People Safe

Two Congressional hearings yesterday highlighted the massive growth in ICE detention despite a dysfunctional and incompetent inspections system that fails to keep people safe. Heidi Altman of the National Immigrant Justice Center told members of the House Immigration Subcommittee that ICE has detained almost 500,000 people in fiscal year 2019 with over 50,000 people in … Continue reading »

Ahead of Today’s House Detention Oversight Hearing, Newsweek Highlights Increased Spending on a Private Prisons With Documented Records of Abuse

In light of the upcoming House hearing on the oversight of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities, a Newsweek article yesterday underlines the extraordinary increase in spending by the administration for the largest private prison corporation in the world, The GEO Group. The GEO Group, infamous for its immigrant detention centers and rampant mistreatment … Continue reading »

ICYMI: The Guardian and The Marshall Project Explainer on “How the US Built the World’s Largest Immigration Detention System”

House Immigration Subcommittee and House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Management and Accountability each hold hearings this week The Guardian and The Marshall Project jointly produced a series of videos with former immigration officials, legal advocates, and victims of Trump’s family separation policy that provides a thorough explanation of how our country went from detaining … Continue reading »

“Every heartbeat hurts” “I can’t feel my heart”

Children Describing Emotional Pain of Trump Family Separation Policy, Documented by the HHS Inspector General   Yesterday, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued two reports on the treatment of immigrant children in federal custody in 2018. One report described severe challenges in addressing the … Continue reading »

Pediatricians: Trump Administration is “Anti-Child”

In the wake of the horrendous DHS Inspector General report of the intense trauma experienced by migrant children, a powerful op-ed authored by three pediatricians for the Boston Globe highlights how the Trump administration’s policies and rhetoric directly threaten the health and well-being of children. They demand the administration stop inflicting trauma on children in … Continue reading »

Why Trump’s New Push for Kids’ Indefinite Detention in Traumatic Conditions Would Also Mean No Accountability

Leading observers continue to point out the potential harm of the Trump administration’s announcement to target kids and vulnerable families through indefinite detention.  For example, read Cornell Law professor Jaclyn Kelley-Widmer in the Washington Post recapping the details and implications of the proposed changes to Flores. The research shows long-term detention has lasting mental health … Continue reading »