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Some details on the @ICEgov hotel detention in McAllen, El Paso, and Arizona. @TXCivilRights discovered children held at Hampton Inn in McAllen. Quoted from Flores report: ICE utilizes contracts with MVM, Inc. (MVM) through Juvenile & Family Residential Management Unit... 1/10
... (JFRMU) to transport & temporarily house unaccompanied minors & family units pending removal under Title 42. This program is an extension of regular transportation services for aliens between custodial settings instituted in 2014.2/10
Initially, the program required only brief stays in hotels prior to deportation flights & prolonged stays in temporary housing were rare occurrences before the implementation of the Title 42 expulsion protocols. However, since implementation of the @CBP-issued expulsion...3/10
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🚨URGENT: Help us stop Nelly's deportation. Nelly is in detention in TX and can be deported on Tuesday. She qualifies for an initial #DACA application, but because @USCIS refuses to open up the process, regardless of the SCOTUS decision, @ICEgov is refusing to allow her to stay.
Nelly came to the US from El Salvador at age 8 in 1993 and has lived here ever since. She was accused of theft, but her charges were dismissed. Regardless, ICE refuses to release her and now are planning to deport her.
Nelly's health in detention is deteriorating. In her late teens through early 20s, Nelly underwent chemotherapy to treat tumors near her heart. She's in remission now but was having regular six-month checkups all the way until she was taken into ICE custody.
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1/9 I got a small chortle out of this headline, but there's a darker story behind it:

China announces retaliatory sanctions against Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz

#GeeksResist #OneVoice1 #DemCast…
2/9 You may recall that in June, John Bolton's book was leaked and it was revealed that Donald Trump not only didn't care about human rights in China, but actually SUPPORTED Chinese concentration camps for millions of Uighur Muslims.

Four articles:…
3/9 Trump Says He Avoided Punishing China Over Uighur Camps to Protect Trade Talks

“Well, we were in the middle of a major trade deal,” the president said, supporting an account by his former national security adviser John R. Bolton.

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Since Trump's family separation policies began, I've been to ICE detention centers, CBP processing centers & the encampment at Matamoros. Prior to my first visit I had never witnessed a humanitarian crisis. I had never been to a war zone, or witnessed genocide.
I can not say the same today. I have seen the intentional infliction of trauma on innocent children on American soil by a government acting in all of our names. And that government has lied to you. These aren't drug dealers or rapists coming for you.
These are families fleeing unspeakable violence. Children traveling alone thousands of miles with no money, no resources, who are beaten, raped, kidnapped and forced into manual labor along the way.
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IMPORTANT: We just found out that ICE is holding families in custody at a hotel in San Antonio. We were contacted by the sponsor of a Haitian family held at the hotel. They have been there for more than 20 days!
One of our attorneys was not allowed to talk to the family, so she showed up at the hotel. We finally found them because the family was communicating with crayons and coloring books at the windows. Here's a photo of their message. #DontLookAway #FreeThemAll
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#COVID19 has reached the Family Detention Centers. I repeat. COVID has spread to detention centers that imprison ENTIRE families.

You might be thinking, "wait, there's family detention centers?" Yes. They are owned by private prison companies. Average age of kids? 4 year olds.
#DontLookAway! Also, please do everything in your power to help us #AbolishICE once and for all.…
One more thing. If you are angry as I am and want to do something. Feel free to take the anger out at Child Separator @DHS_Wolf. He for sure checks his tweets.
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I wish, sometimes, now especially, that I could offer some comfort. But since I have somehow gotten a job as a witness to the treatment of people who come to the borders of the country I live in, I cannot comfort anyone. Not myself or anyone else. Not today.
It would be impossible to take any comfort from the decrease in numbers of refugees in ICE prisons, because it reflects two vectors of inhumanity. First, the wholesale deportation of refugees to the countries they fled.2/8
Second, pitiless rejection & expulsion of people who come to us, begging for a chance to live. With the excuse of #COVID19, we ignore standards of decency that might stay our cruelty, dropping even the pathetic pretense of months ago. Go back, there is nothing here for you.3/8
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1/8 I grew up in Somerville, MA, on one side of a big old duplex home adjacent to Tufts University. Across the street, a high impressive chain-link fence topped by 3 rows of barbed wire enclosed a 6-hole golf course as well as a small sports stadium.
2/8 The fence--the barbed wire in particular--was intended to deter youngsters like myself from intruding on University property. The University powers underestimated my determination.
3/8 My clothing was never without rips, my arms and legs were never without long scratches incurred while climbing over that impressive barbed wire fence.
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The US has the highest number of #COVID19 cases globally.

So instead of:

ℹ️Providing accurate information to the public.
😷Ensuring frontline workers have access to PPE.
🏥Mass producing ventilators.
🔬Scaling up testing.

The president announced an #ImmigrationBan

Because when the administration mishandles a crisis, immigrants become the scapegoat.

Racism, xenophobia & misinformation are used to enact anti-immigrant policies.

The impact? Immigrants disappear from their communities, families get separated & ppl die in detention centers.
All while the real crisis is left unaddressed.

There is 0 public health rationale for an #ImmigrationBan—especially b/c immigrants are crucial to the nation’s response to the pandemic.

Immigrants are disproportionately in frontline jobs at hospitals, grocery stores & farms.
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"Children are stacking up in detention camps because ORR won't allow qualified American families to take these children in," de Anda said. "I know, just from my practice, how many Americans are willing to open their doors."

But ORR shuts the doors tight.…
If you don't have US relatives you are interned until age 18, then turned over to the tender mercies of ICE, and summarily deported. One by one we have beaten them in court and will do so again.
Please join us as we #FightLikeAMother to #FreeTheChildren.…
"Unfortunately, I have well over 4,000 of those children in my care at this time at the Office of Refugee Resettlement," director, Jonathan Hayes, told CBS News.

Please #DontLookAway. 4000 innocent children in prolonged internment. We fight back every day to free them 1 by 1.
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A taste of the fascism raining on the border. I have an EMS friend in Laredo who was called to a drowning on the Rio Grande. When their unit arrived, they found an 11 yo child wet & shivering, crying for her mother on the riverbank - who had just drowned. My friend covered...1/
...her with a blanket, took her inside their warm unit, gave her hot tea, & comforted her as well as he could. In about 10 minutes a border patrol unit drove up. BP went into the EMS unit and brusquely took the child, handcuffed and arrested her. All while the search was on...2/ retrieve the body of the child'sndrowned mother. My friend said he walked back into his unit and broke down in tears for what seemed like an hour. He told me he could not be comforted by his mates. "I have a daughter the same age" he said. 2/
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Today caucus-goers in Iowa woke up to more than a dozen kids in cages all over the city of Des Moines.

We came to remind people that this remains a reality & that the issue cannot be pushed under the rug.

🚨 #DontLookAway this is a humanitarian crisis.🚨
There are more than 41,000 people in immigration detention right now.

More than 60,000 asylum-seekers have been sent back to Mexico, where hundreds have been murdered, tortured & kidnapped.

And the list goes on.
Over 2 million people have been deported in the past dozen years.

And more than 800,000 DACA recipients could soon be open to deportation.
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Last night I arrived in Texas w/ my @HispanicCaucus colleagues for an important trip to investigate the Trump administration’s harmful #RemainInMexico policy. We’ll be observing conditions for asylum seekers on both sides of the border today. Follow along here. #DemsAtTheBorder
Crossing the border to Matamoros, Mexico, where families are being sent to stay in dangerous conditions while seeking asylum under the Trump admin’s #RemainInMexico policy. #DemsAtTheBorder
I’m extremely concerned about the conditions asylum seekers are staying in and how long they have to wait to make their case. #DontLookAway #DemsAtTheBorder
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MPP: Our firm has been providing legal assistance to refugees along the Mexican border since the Regime began implementing its family separation policy 2 years ago, seeking to deter asylum seekers through cruelty. Now we are facing MPP.

My MPP thread.
MPP is the latest turn of cruelty visited on refugee families. Families who plead for asylum are rounded up & deposited en masse on the bridge forced to return to Mexico while they wait on their hearings - a dangerous no go zone according to US officials.…
The families are easily targeted by cartel gangsters (thanks to MPP) and placed at risk of being robbed, kidnapped, and worse. Our lawyers are forced to travel to Mexico to meet with our clients at secret locations for safety, a not appealing journey.
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They started 0 tolerance with no tracking system. They didn't count the kids they took. They literally didn't write down their parents names. They took ~300 children UNDER FIVE and 5200 5+ from their parents without making note of who arrived with kids.
* Correction - 300 of the 1500 recently disclosed were under 5. Many more than 300 of the 5500 total were under 5.
If we assume that ratio is about equal among all separations, there have been around 1100 babies and small children, under 5, separated before, during and after 0 tolerance. Not including newborns taken from their mothers in the hospital if a relative couldn't come forward.
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Jonathan Hayes, Dir of Office of Refugee Resettlement, the agency that farms out its child prison functions to profiteers like Caliburn & Comprehensive Health Services & Baptist Child & Family Services, so they can warehouse refugee children for months upon months...1/
... had a chat with Amnesty International. He contended that the camps run by ORR & their cronies are not governed by Flores settlement at all! It is not just a matter of cruel incompetence & greed. No. Flores, the settlement that requires minimum standards...2/
...for child welfare are met, & that confinement should never exceed 20 days, does not apply, he says, because the children—children we have seen behind fences with guards all around, children we have seen recaptured when they make a dash for freedom, children who are...3/
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Suzanne Conti Martin shares- Last night, we crossed into Matamoros, Mexico with a team of women from Alabama who needed help hauling & serving out dinner. I was nervous-- Matamoros is considered to be a Level 4 Security zone which is as dangerous as like walking into Syria.1/8
I pictured chaos & pushing & shoving for the food. We each walked across the bridge with a wagon full of food. About 12 of us & about 2,000 asylum seekers living on the bridge. Things could have EASILY gotten out of control.2/8
Instead, we walked past an enormous line of people who had already formed & were patiently waiting for us to serve dinner. It took my breath away. I had to choke back the tears as I walked passed the hundreds of people waiting in line peacefully for us.3/8
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NEW -- @USCCRgov has released a groundbreaking report revealing the depths of cruelty of the Trump Administration’s anti-immigrant agenda, including the detention, #FamilySeparation, #ZeroTolerance, & #RemainInMexico.

#DontLookAway – read the full report:…
@USCCRgov The USCCR report found that the Trump Admin:
❌ Created a humanitarian crisis
❌ Separated families & traumatized children
❌ Discriminated against Latino migrants
❌ Inflicted inhumane, prison-like conditions
❌ Denied justice & legal rights

#DontLookAway #JusticeForOurChildren
@USCCRgov The Commission shares the accounts of migrants who suffered under the Trump Admin’s policies.

Upon arriving in the US, migrants were humiliated, shouted at, and held in horrific conditions.

They waited in ICE custody – cold, hungry, and without medical care or translators.
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Hug your children tonight @IvankaTrump - and know you are complicit in the death and terror plaguing these children
@IvankaTrump and we all know you are a champion for women ... right.
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#VigilForDemocracy #DontLookAway

My name is Alan Dornan

This is my story.
It began on 1/25/2018 after I'd been watching TV for 3 weeks as the Senate debated a rider which would have given legal status & a pathway to citizenship to DREAMers, young people who came to the US in the 1990’s & early 2000’s as minors; their average age was 3 years old.
Senators introduced five riders, all of which they knew at the outset had no chance of ever becoming law. Theywere using these young immigrants as pawns in their battle for political leverage. I was angry, very angry—but I was also very frustrated; I didn’t know what to do.
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🔥 We must send a powerful message to future presidents & the world: the United States condemns the human rights abuses and racism of the Trump Administration.

The method to 🔹restore our constitutional norms🔹rejecting bigotry & persecution is impeachment.

This must happen.
Impeachment is provided to us to protect the Constitution and the rule of law. Restoring lost constitutional norms, such as those condemning bigotry and persecution, is how we protect our present and future.
We must formally state, "this is wrong," and indict Trump for his acts against humanity in the eyes of the world.

To do otherwise places undue burden on present and future generations who will be left vulnerable and have to fight this again from ground zero.
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Saudi first: Trump wants to start a war with Iran when MBS gives the order by @mehdirhasan
On the word of a single, likely compromised, U.S. official, CBS says the Saudi oil attack was approved by Iran's supreme leader.

This story deserves our skepticism.…
I gotta say, this doesn't FEEL smart.

Under Trump arms deal, US smart bombs to be built in Saudi Arabia

We should not hand the Saudis valuable weapons tech given the kingdom's conduct in Yemen and its human rights record.…
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Here are the facts directly from @OIGatHHS – Trump’s #FamilySeparation agenda traumatized children and caused lasting harm to their mental health.

#DontLookAway from what this administration is doing to innocent children.

Read the full report ⬇️…
@OIGatHHS .@HHSgov faced unique challenges in addressing the mental health needs of separated children, who suffered fear, abandonment, post-traumatic stress, & anxiety. Some cried uncontrollably from “acute grief.”

Of course they did – the Trump Admin tore these kids from their parents.
@OIGatHHS @HHSGov Stunningly, this report reveals that ORR staff did not know how to seek approval or consent to treat traumatized children with psychotropic medication. The lack of clarity on this process is unacceptable and disturbing.
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It may be a holiday today but the dreaded #ImmigrationMonday is still upon us and it brings a report by @BorderKindness of another prison immigration camp in the works but this time in Mexicali 🔽🔽🔽

Based on @BorderKindness tweet it appears that this new "fenced/Razor wired" deportation camp is coordinated efforts between CBP/DHS & Mexican authorities, ergo the "planning meeting" and it could very much be a result of the 45-day review of the US-MX june 7 immigration plan. 1/
But after reading and re-reading this tweet, this makes little sense unless there is another piece (meaning immigration initiative, agreement, or policy change) that has been secretly put into effect and we dont kniw about it. Here is why ... 2/
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