(Wilmington, DE-AP) — The White House is being accused of using “cruelty to children” as a tool of immigration policy. On CBS’ Face The Nation, Delaware Senator Chris Coons said the Trump administration has intentionally used children to affect policy changes.
He cites reports of overcrowding and unsanitary conditions at detention facilities as examples of cruelty to children. Coons says there’s ways in which the administration has demonstrably failed in its moral responsibility to provide minimally reasonable care for children in their custody.
(Washington, DC-AP) – ICE is set to being massive roundups of migrant families on Sunday. Immigration agents are targeting up to two-thousand families slated for deportation in big cities including New York, Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles.
President Trump tweeted this week that “millions” of undocumented immigrants will be deported. Acting ICE chief Mark Morgan recently said the goal is not to separate families.
(Washington, DC) — President Trump is backing away from his threat to shut down the southern border soon. At the White House today, Trump said he is giving Mexico a one-year warning to stem the flow of illicit drugs into the U.S.
He also threatened to impose tariffs on new motor vehicles that are being moved across the border. Trump argued that the U.S. immigration system is the most ridiculous thing he has ever seen. He blamed Democrats and made another pitch for a massive border wall.
Trump said the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs into the U.S. must be stopped. Trump plans to visit a location on the border in Southern California tomorrow.
It appears someone talked some sense in him. Shutting the border down would cost the United States billions of dollars and cripple the economy. Everything from avocados to autos pass through the border.
(AP) – Rapper 21 Savage is out on bond from federal immigration custody. His lawyer Alex Spiro spoke about the circumstances that led to his arrest and eventual release.
Spiro says, “The bottom line is ICE has said that it was a targeted operation. Whatever targeted means. Meaning if they were looking for any old immigrant or if they wanted to set an example with him. We don’t now yet. While he’s out here, we want his hearing. We want his freedom. “
U.S. authorities say the British citizen overstayed his work visa and has a felony conviction. The 26-year-old legally entered the U.S. in 2005 and his visa expired in July 2006. Savage was slated to perform at the Grammy Awards last Sunday but was forced to cancel. It’s unclear when a deportation hearing will be scheduled.
(El Paso, TX-AP) — Immigrants at a detention center in El Paso, Texas are being force-fed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Two migrants started a hunger strike December 30th and others soon joined in. At least six detainees are being hydrated and fed against their will, according to a statement from ICE.
The force-feeding was approved by a federal judge earlier this month. Four other detainees are also on hunger strike at other detention centers in Miami, Phoenix, San Francisco and San Diego. ICE didn’t say what the motive for the hunger strikes is.
(Washington, DC) – Attorney General Jeff Sessions is vowing to fight a judge’s order to restore DACA. A federal judge issued the ruling last Friday, saying the White House failed to lay out its justification for ending the Obama-era program protecting immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
Sessions argues the Trump administration has the authority to rescind the policy because it was created by a presidential order. He adds that the judge’s ruling was improper because the changes DACA brought about should be made by Congress.
(New York, NY) – An illegal immigrant who was detained for several weeks after delivering food to an Army base in Brooklyn is free. A federal judge ordered Pablo Villavicencio’s release.
The Ecuadorian native had disobeyed an order to leave the country in 2010. The judge said he’s been a model citizen, he’s supporting his family, and he pays his taxes. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo calls Villavicencio’s release “a victory for New Yorkers and for basic human rights.”
(Washington, DC) – Seventeen states are suing the federal government over the Trump administration’s family separation policy. In an announcement today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said New York and 16 other states were suing to protect the well-being of children.
Officials from both side of the aisle have criticized the government’s “zero tolerance” policy and say last week’s executive order from President Trump reuniting families does not go far enough to reunite families.
(Brownsville, TX) – A 15-year-old boy is in Mexico after running away from a migrant shelter in Texas. The boy was being sheltered at a child care facility in Brownsville in South Texas near the border with Mexico when he left Saturday.
After police scoured the area, it was reported that he had crossed the border into Mexico. A man who claims to be the boy’s father is now working to get him back to his native Honduras. Officials at the shelter say they aren’t allowed to restrain kids because it’s not a detention center.
(McAllen, TX) – A group of more than 20 Congressional Democrats touring a border patrol detention facility in Texas yesterday called the conditions “unacceptable” and “cruel.” California Representative Jackie Speier said the U.S. needs to come up with a better system to handle immigrant families with children.
Speier says the process should be taken out of the criminal justice system and put it into the social services system. One Democratic lawmaker called for the UN to investigate the use of wire cages to hold children, saying it’s a violation of human rights.
Thousands of people in cities across the country are demonstrating against the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy on illegal immigration. “Keep Families Together” rallies took place yesterday in New York, Texas, Florida, California and other states. Demonstrators formed a human chain to block a bus carrying children outside the detention center in McAllen, Texas.
A rally and prayer vigil outside an East Harlem child care agency where dozens of recently separated children arrived drew the Reverend Al Sharpton and other New York City officials. More than five-thousand people gathered at a rally in San Diego to support reuniting families. Although it was not needed, (he could’ve just picked up the phone), President Trump signed an executive order that immigrant families crossing the border illegally will no longer be separated.More than 23-hundred children were taken from their parents in recent weeks under the previous policy.