The Democrat Party and their allies in the media have been attempting to blame President Trump and his administration for the poor living conditions of children who’ve been smuggled or who’ve illegally entered our country.
Even the liberal Polit–ifact “fact—checker” defended President Trump when he went on the offense against Democrats after liberals attacked the Trump administration’s policy on child migrants. Trump said the Democrats were sharing a photo of detained children from 2014 during President Barack Obama’s presidency.
“Democrats mistakenly tweet 2014 pictures from Obama’s term showing children from the Border in steel cages,” Trump tweeted May 29. “They thought it was recent pictures in order to make us look bad, but backfires. Dems must agree to Wall and new Border Protection for good of country… Bipartisan Bill!”
Democrats mistakenly tweet 2014 pictures from Obama’s term showing children from the Border in steel cages. They thought it was recent pictures in order to make us look bad, but backfires. Dems must agree to Wall and new Border Protection for good of country…Bipartisan Bill!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2018
Trump’s tweets followed some blame and confusion about nearly 1,500 “lost” immigrant children.
Politi–fact .com/truth-o-meter/article/2018/may/29/sorting-out-facts-about-nearly-1500-lost-children-/ In late April, a federal agency reported being unable to locate about 1,500 children who came to the United States alone. Around the same time, the Trump administration announced a “zero-tolerance” policy to ramp up prosecutions of individuals who cross the border illegally.
Trump’s tweet is accurate. One of the Democrats who shared the photo was Jon Favreau, a former Obama speechwriter.
Favreau, who has one million followers on Twitter, tweeted on May 27: “Look at these pictures. This is happening right now, and the only debate that matters is how we force our government to get these kids back to their families as fast as humanly possible.”
The photo was taken by Ross D. Franklin of the Associated Press in June 2014 at a Customs and Border Protection Agency center in Nogales, Arizona. The photo was used in an article www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/06/18/arizona-immigrant-children-holding-area-tour/10780449/ which described the migrants as “children in cages.” The newspaper verified the timing of the photo in a tweet.
Photos of children at a migrant holding facility have gone viral on social media. The pictures are from 2014. They were originally posted with this azcentral article about unaccompanied migrant children who were transported to a facility in Arizona. t.co/2DXdszR0SU
— azcentral (@azcentral) May 27, 2018
Breitbart has revealed the inside of a shelter where migrant children who’ve been separated from their parents are being held, after the Department of Health and Human Services hosted Breitbart News and other media on a tour of a facility in El Cajon, California.
The children are separated from their parents — or, to be precise, from the adults accompanying them, who may or may not be their parents — when their parents cross the southern U.S. border illegally and are caught and detained.
Previously, under the “catch-and-release” policy, the adults would be released. Under the “zero tolerance” policy of the Trump administration, the adults are being detained and prosecuted. Children cannot be incarcerated with them.
However, families that arrive together at legal ports of entry and apply for asylum status are generally not split up and are permitted to stay in the U.S. pending the adjudication of their applications (which can take several years).
Democrats and the mainstream media have accused the administration of separating the children of “immigrants” from their parents and imprisoning them in “cages.” On Thursday, CNN analyst and Playboy reporter Brian Karem shouted www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2018/06/15/cnn-analyst-heckles-sarah-sanders-over-immigration/ at White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders: “These people have nothing. They come to the border with nothing and you throw children in cages.” None of the reporters in the briefing room corrected him.
The facility at El Cajon, however, is not a “cage.” It is a comfortable facility providing lodging, meals, clothing, medical care, education, recreation, counseling, and other services.
It is run by a nonprofit organization called Southwest Key as part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) Program, run by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in the Administration for Children and Familes (ACF).
The facility is located on a main street in a quiet, suburban neighborhood. It has 65 beds, occupied by boys ages 6 to 17. The rooms are spare, with three to four beds in each; the boys are responsible for cleaning the rooms and making their own beds. There is an outdoor recreation area with picnic tables and a small soccer pitch.
There is a classroom area, and English lessons. The goal is “reunification”: letting each child depart with a legal guardian.
Some 90% of the children at the shelter arrived at the border without adults; the other 10% were separated from the adults accompanying them. Once the children arrive — usually brought by U.S. Border Patrol agents — they are greeted in the “intake” office, where they receive any urgent medical care, are assigned a case worker, and are given food, a shower, and new clothing. They are also given toiletries and lessons in hygiene — literally how to flush a toilet, brush their teeth, and operate the shower, which some of the children may have never seen in their lives.
These photos do NOT look like cages.
The children receive six hours of education daily, which include lessons in English and physical education. The boys interact with girls who are housed offsite and brought to the shelter during the day to access its services.
Less than 3 weeks after President Trump’s inauguration, the New York Times reported on a horrific abuse of illegal children by human traffickers that was taking place in Ohio after Barack Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services, after Obama allowed children to be placed with “families” and then never followed up to check on their welfare.
Report: Obama Administration Handed Child Migrants Over to Human Traffickers t.co/x9KrbZXiSK
— Shirtless Pundit 🇺🇸 (@zachhaller) June 17, 2018
In January 2016, The New York Times reported www.nytimes.com/2016/01/29/us/politics/us-placed-immigrant-children-with-traffickers-report-says.html The Department of Health and Human Services placed more than a dozen immigrant children in the custody of human traffickers after it failed to conduct background checks of caregivers, according to a Senate report released on Thursday. Examining how the federal agency processes minors who arrive at the border without a guardian, lawmakers said they found that it had not followed basic practices of child welfare agencies, like making home visits.
The Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations opened its inquiry after law enforcement officials uncovered a human trafficking ring in Marion, Ohio, last year. At least six children were lured to the United States from Guatemala with the promise of a better life, then were made to work on egg farms. The children, as young as 14, had been in federal custody before being entrusted to the traffickers.
A new PBS Frontline documentary focuses on the labor trafficking scheme that unfolded on a Marion County-area egg farm.
The documentary, titled “Trafficked in America,” traces the story of the Central American teenagers who were smuggled into the United States and forced to work at Trillium Farms for long hours and low pay and, in some cases, under threat of violence against them or their families.
“In our years of reporting on the exploitation of immigrant workers, we’d come across cases of labor trafficking, but nothing quite like this one,” journalist Daffodil Altan says at the beginning of the documentary, which opens on aerial shots of the New Bloomington trailer park where the teens were forced to live.
Made in collaboration with the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California, Berkeley, the documentary takes viewers to the highlands of Guatemala where some of the teens are from, to the trailer park in Marion County where the teens were made to live and to places in the United States where human trafficking continues.
Court papers allege they were made to work up to 12 hours per day, six or seven days per week for little pay, with the traffickers taking a large cut of their paychecks to put toward smuggling debts. If they complained, they or their families were threatened, court papers allege. The workers were forced to live in trailers, at least one of which had no heat, no working toilet and no hot water, according to court records.
“It is intolerable that human trafficking — modern-day slavery — could occur in our own backyard,” said Senator Rob Portman, Republican of Ohio and the chairman of the subcommittee. “But what makes the Marion cases even more alarming is that a U.S. government agency was responsible for delivering some of the victims into the hands of their abusers.”
In his interview with Frontline, Duran denied knowing Castillo-Serrano, claiming he had only spoken with him once on the phone, and denied having any knowledge of minors working on Trillium’s egg farms.
The documentary also describes failings of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which is in charge of placing unaccompanied border crossers under the age of 18 with a relative or adult sponsor while they await immigration court proceedings.
In the case of the teenage immigrants working at Trillium, HHS released the teens to their traffickers, the documentary says.
The film pointed to other possible cases of trafficked teens, including teens with whom the filmmakers spoke in Clarion, Iowa, who work long hours in food processing plants to pay off debts.
“More than 180,000 unaccompanied minors have been placed in communities across the country but because there’s so little follow-up with them, once they’re out of the government’s care, we have no idea what’s happened to them,” Garance Burke, an Associated Press reporter, is quoted as having told Frontline.
Under Obama’s open borders policy, the New York Times reports www.nytimes.com/2015/10/07/world/americas/honduras-el-salvador-guatemala-mexico-us-child-migrants.html that a disturbing number of unaccompanied children from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala have tried to reach the United States in the past two years, risking detention by law enforcement, abuse by human traffickers and dire conditions along the way. From the beginning of October 2013 through July of this year, nearly 80,000 unaccompanied minors from those Central American countries were detained by United States authorities along the Mexican border.
And those were the ones who made it that far. Others were ransomed by the very smugglers to whom their families paid thousands of dollars to sneak them into the United States. Some lost limbs during the journey or found themselves sold into sexual slavery, still others turned back.
DEMOCRAT REP ADMITS Child Migrant Crisis Was “Kept Very Quiet Under The Obama Administration”
TRUTH: ECONOMIC MIGRANTS HAVE BEEN USING THEIR CHILDREN AS PAWNS TO COME TO THE US…
Does anyone else remember the literal invasion of illegal immigrant children who crossed the border during Obama’s administration(see a previous report below)? We reported on it then and remember how reporters weren’t allowed into the detention centers. It’s interesting that now the cameras and press have suddenly been allowed into the centers to spread their propaganda. Of course, Obama had the press on his side so he was able to cover up anything negative. Remember that many of these children came by themselves and are still coming alone to cross our border.
HERE’S WHAT THE PRESS ISN’T TELLING YOU:
The Flores Consent Decree from 1997 says that unaccompanied children can be held only 20 days. A ruling by the Ninth Circuit extended this 20-day limit to children who come as part of family units. So even if we want to hold a family unit together, we are forbidden from doing so.
Breitbart got a rare glimpse of arrivals in 2014:
Kids with parents are sometimes separated and that’s been the policy before President Trump came into office. So who gets the blame for it? President Trump! It’s such a shame that our media lies or doesn’t tell the entire story. It’s selective outrage for sure! Dem Henry Cuellar reminded us of the truth today:
Democratic Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar admitted Saturday that the Obama administration attempted to cover up the child migrant crisis occurring at the Souther border.
“It was kept very quiet under the Obama Administration. There were large numbers of people coming in. The Obama administration was trying to keep this quiet,” Cuellar told CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield.
Whitfield displayed a 2014 image of migrant children held in cages at a detention center, and Cuellar said that he released similar photos of children separated from their parents.
Cuellar added that the number of children being held at the border right now is similar to the amount during the Obama administration.
“We still see the numbers,” he said, adding that “not all of them are being separated. Some of them are coming alone.”
“Keep in mind that under the law, you can separate a child if that person, the adult, is not the real parent or the custodian because sometimes we see situations where they’ll bring a child because they know of the policy that we have over here with children.”
Cuellar scrutinized the zero-tolerance policy for separation, suggesting criminal adult immigrants have previously taken advantage of it.
A PREVIOUS REPORT FROM 2015:
FLASHBACK: UNREAL! ILLEGAL ALIEN TEENS Are Lost By Feds Once Released Into America
We know that a very high percentage of illegals never report for their immigration court hearing but the teens and children who don’t show up and are simply lost is shocking! Our government expects these people to show up and that’s a joke in itself! We basically have a disaster on our hands with minors just disappearing into America…Unreal!
New information from a variety of sources further demonstrates that the Obama administration’s handling of the continuing influx of illegal Central American family and youth border-crossers has been nothing short of a disaster. Government agencies and NGO contractors have lost track of most of the youth who have been released (or escaped) from shelters. Immigration court records show that about half of the “unaccompanied” alien children (UACs) do not appear for immigration court hearings. A recent murder of one UAC in Virginia by three others is a reminder that some of the kids are involved in gangs. And, because we let them, they keep coming; the number of new arrivals spiked again at the end of the summer, with twice as many Central American youth and families arriving in September 2015 as arrived in September 2014.
No single government agency has been given the responsibility for tracking the UAC and family arrivals. As a result, the statistics that have been published by different sources may have slightly different numbers, depending on the time period covered and how they are counted.
In a recent webinar hosted by the Migration Policy Institute, the director of a legal services organization stated that 77,824 UACs had been released into the United States since October 1, 2014 (not counting the approximately 40,000 who arrived in 2012 and 2013). Most are turned over to their parents, but many are released to the custody of a sponsor — sometimes a relative, but often a “friend”, foster family, or group home run by a government contractor.
TRUMP’S NEW POLICY WILL CUT Welfare Use By 10.3 Million ‘Non-Citizens’
he shocking numbers in a new report will make American taxpayers furious! Over 54% of teens and children receive some form of public welfare and nearly half of adults. The taxpayer-funded welfare is used by 10.3 million non-citizens!
STEVEN CAMAROTA OF CIS DISCUSSES WELFARE USE BY IMMIGRANTS:
The study of welfare use by U.S. born Americans, naturalized citizens and non-citizen aliens is from the Migration Policy Institute :
The report said that 54.2 percent of children and teens up to age 17 receive at least one of four major public welfare benefits while its 46.3 percent for those aged 18-54 and 47.8 for older aliens.
By comparison, 32 percent of the U.S. born population of 270 million receive some welfare. Of those, 45.8 percent are children and teens, 30 percent are aged 18-54 and 22.5 percent are age 55 and older.
The report warns that the Trump administration is considering new rules that would make it difficult for immigrants to receive a green card if they or one of their dependents are receiving Medicaid, cash welfare, food stamps or Social Security benefits.
MPI estimates that the law would have a “chilling effect” on immigration and cut welfare use by aliens significantly, likely what the Trump administration wants to hear.
According to the report:
Although it is difficult to estimate precisely how many people would alter their behavior in response to the proposed change in public-chart policy, if immigrants’ use patterns were to follow those observed during the late 1990s there could be a decline of between 20 percent and 60 percent — and that even some members of groups exempt from the new rule [e.g. refugees] would likely withdraw from public programs.
Taking away incentives for illegals to come to America for the “freebies” needs to happen. We cannot afford to support the world.
Rare Look Inside A Child Migrant Shelter In El Cajon Amid Family Separation Outcry
Granted, Southwest Key could be a front, but let me set the facts in line.
‘These Are Not Kids Kept In Cages’: Inside A Texas Shelter For Immigrant Youth