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THREAD: We’re suing the government—again.

This time, we’re representing 5 asylum-seeking mothers and their children torn apart under the Trump administration’s #FamilySeparation policy. (1/8)
We’re seeking compensation for the families for the long-lasting trauma intentionally inflicted on these mothers and children by the Trump administration.

The children grapple every day with nightmares, anxiety, fear, and emotional outbursts.

Here are their stories. (2/8)
An eight-year-old girl is still unable to sleep unless her mother holds her because of the Trump administration’s family separation policy. (3/8)
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#BREAKING Judge Dana Sabraw Finds 11 of 18 parents deported w/o their kids under last year's #FamilySeparation policy can return to the U.S. to seek asylum.
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More than 400 parents were deported without their kids last year. Many parents opted not to be reunited w/ their kids in the hopes they could successfully pursue asylum on their own. Some kids were reunited w/ their families back home.
But the @ACLU argued less than two dozen parents had "bona fide" asylum claims and were denied that right under the so-called "zero tolerance" immigration policy last year. Here's coverage from the court hearing this summer:…
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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 was right around this time last summer that the #familyseparation issue came into full public view. I released several posts @lawfareblog related to the issue...
This was the first, which reflected on ethical issues facing government employees in carrying out their responsibilities:…
The next, a few days later, took a quick (and cursory) look at several of the pertinent legal issues:…
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People are asking why there aren’t already marches and protests over the horrible detention centers in Texas. Thought I’d share a few thoughts about this. Thread. 1/
First, let’s recall that last June thousands of us did participate in marches and rallies to express opposition to #familyseparation and zero tolerance as tools of US immigration policy. 2/
Last year’s efforts motivated litigation and action by Dem Senators to try to achieve family reunification. Mitch McConnell is the reason that bills to address the problem have not been enacted. In other words, we need to flip the Senate blue in 2020. 3/
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The youngest child separated from his ASYLUM-SEEKING family, was 4 mos old, #Constantine

He was placed in foster care w/Bethany Christian Services in MI. They get $700+/child/night. They're associated w/ @BetsyDeVosED - of course

Bethany Christian Services - separated children are funneled to them, ensuring an influx of Govt funds. They're assoc w/ @BetsyDeVosED

Look what even THEY say about trauma - which THEY can then charge more for 🤬🤮


This isn't who we are 😭 🤬
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One surefire way to prepare the public for rapid expansion of child concentration camps is to use images of people jammed into overcrowded 72 hr processing stations . . .

Just as the regime tried to use exponentially expanded #FamilyDetention as a solution to #FamilySeparation
Keep an eye on the military, which the regime turns to in these times, and which, after the departure of Sec. Mattis, has seen an erosion of institutional resistance, e.g., USS John S McCain on Memorial Day.
Lest you think this is kook stuff:…
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The Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act was originally introduced in 2018, but HR 2415 is back in 2019, via @RepJayapal, @RepAdamSmith & in the Senate, @SenBooker has introduced S 1243.

Let's run down the particulars of the House bill!

#FamilySeparation #FamiliesBelongTogether
@RepJayapal @RepAdamSmith @SenBooker Text of the House Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act itself, HR 2415.

"To provide standards for facilities at which aliens in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security are detained, and for other purposes."

(sorry for the delay--some BP issues)…
@RepJayapal @RepAdamSmith @SenBooker HR 2415 has 8 sections, but 2 are basically "this is the bill's name" and "yep, that was the bill," so we'll look at the other 6.

Sec2 says DHS detention facilities need to adopt standards within a year of the bill's passage, no less strict than the ABA set forth in 2012.

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@DebbieforFL @DWStweets @RepDMP @DonnaShalala This information came out a week ago, but it tracks with the concerns I mention upthread about "teachers" only required to be fluent in English and Spanish.

But if NO ONE at Homestead can communicate with indigenous children...

Shame on them. Shame.
@DebbieforFL @DWStweets @RepDMP @DonnaShalala My Senator's reaction. @SenJeffMerkley has been all up in the issue of prisons for children since he first tried to gain access to a Southwest Key facility in Arizona a year ago (and was denied, and raised a stink, and got people's attention.)

@DebbieforFL @DWStweets @RepDMP @DonnaShalala @SenJeffMerkley This....whooooop. This is no place for a child. I just... Thank you, for writing the article, @britsham, but man, it's a hard one to take.

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NEW: two families are suing the Trump administration for harm suffered as a result of #FamilySeparation. Both fathers were forcibly separated from their children for weeks, and both children allegedly suffered abuse while in US govt custody.
According to the filing:
One father APF (Dad1) & his son OPD, 7, were separated between May 15 & 21, 2018 after crossing into Arizona. They claim to be fleeing persecution in Guatemala and sought medical attention for OPD, who'd had surgery when he was 6 for a heart condition.
In filing:
Dad1 says CBP agent who encountered him and his son called them "stupid f***ing animals" and screamed at them. Dad1 says he repeatedly asked for help for his sick son back at the station, "but the agents told him he was not allowed to talk or ask questions."
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Keeping families together is not an excuse for detention. Let’s be very clear. Immigration detention is a cruel and unnecessary practice. Innocent children should never be used as a propaganda tool.
Zero Tolerance was used as a terror tactic to keep out asylum seeking families. The youngest victims of this policy were infants, some just a few months old. DHS and the Trump administration are hiding behind the rhetoric of national security.
These families come here fleeing persecution. They are met with razor wire and heavily armed CBP officials. Children are not a threat to our borders. The US government is attempting to dehumanize and criminalize these families. #FamilySeparation
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House Judiciary Cmte holds 10am hearing on the Trump administration's #FamilySeparation policy. Officials from Border Patrol, ICE, DOJ's immigration courts, & HHS - including Scott Lloyd, who used to oversee the care/custody of migrant kids, will testify. Follow here for updates
From 2017-2018 Lloyd ran the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in HHS. ORR is responsible for the care of unaccompanied children in US custody. His tenure @ ORR overlapped with the Trump administration's Zero Tolerance/Family Separation policy.
Before working for ORR, Lloyd worked for an anti-abortion organization. During his time at ORR, he blocked multiple abortion requests from young women in his custody, including one minor who was raped. A federal judge overruled him.…
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This Ed Overbeek thread is giving me a nauseous feeling when I think if it in terms of the *missing* brown girls of #FamilySeparation . I STILL believe a portion of them are not missing at all but hidden away with blood relatives who can come forward because they are undocumented
But that does not account for them ALL
*blood relatives who can NOT come forward because they are undocumented.*
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Family Separation Hearing Thread⤵️
We’re here today in the first (!) oversight hearing regarding the Administration’s cruel, inhumane, and unlawful #FamilySeparation policy. Live-Tweets in the thread below. So far there is universal bipartisan agreement: #FamiliesBelongTogether
Today’s hearing is focused on how @HHSGov carried out its role to care for and ensure the safety of immigrant children. Neither DOJ nor DHS, who reportedly spawned the Administration’s #FamilySeparation policy, is represented here today.
Government Witnesses rise to be sworn in. This this the first time anyone in the federal government has testified in Congress under oath regarding #FamilySeparation
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Have seen some comments here over the last 24 hours questioning where the starting members of @chkbal have been over the past 2+ years of Trumpism. Some of the comments are snarky, but I'm going to respond b/c I think there are some who have genuine questions, and they're fair...
As with all of @chkbal I comment only for myself, but here are a few thoughts that might help provide at least some context...
The short answer is that some of us have been vocal critics of then-candidate and now president Trump’s most extreme rhetoric and executive actions that are inconsistent with rule of law and the fair administration of justice for some time...
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Update on #FamilySeparation - more questions than answers, really really important. Yesterday @amnesty put out this report. Please read thread below to get informed 1/ #FamiliesBelongTogether:…
Basically what this report tells us is that Amnesty got some numbers from Border Patrol that state that in the heightened period of family separation/zero tolerance 6 THOUSAND family units were separated. Why this # is significant & scary follow below #FamiliesBelongTogether 2/
As we all know - the ONLY PRESSURED REUNIFICATIONS that have happened since zero-tolerance have been driven by the @ACLU's lawsuit against the government, but the "class" (as in the individuals eligible for relief from that lawsuit pressure) is limited to parents. 3/
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Update: In #FamilySeparation case, fed. Judge Sabraw calls for more detail on reunions of immigrant parents of 366 children. Those parents are now outside U.S. Issue: Will family reunions happen in Cen.America or U.S.? 1/
.@ACLU’s L. Gelernt says some parents didn’t understand forms they signed re their children as parents were deported. Judge reserves on this issue “of whether some parents who have removed should be returned to the United States to pursue their asylum claims w their children.” 2/
‘This is an enormous undertaking involving a situation of the government’s own making. But we will never be able to come up with a process that is perfect or that restores all rights as if this incident never happened,’ says Judge Sabraw on family reunions. 3/
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1/6 Before confirming Kathy #Kraninger to head @CFPB, Senators need to determine if she bears respnsibility for the #FamilySeparation policy. If so, they should vote NO
2/6 The Family Separation Policy was not only cruel and racist and illegal, but would also show that she is uniquely unqualified for America's top federal job of protecting consumers
3/6 A key point of Dodd-Frank was that CFPB is to be independent, apolitical, like the Fed or other banking regulators. Family separation was a POLITICAL policy, using children as hostages to get $ for Wall
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THREAD: We are witnessing the collapse of our Constitutional democracy. Much has been made of the GOP's unwillingness to be a check on Trump. It's a true abdication of their constitutional duty. But Trump's recent interactions w/the Courts bring this to a new disturbing level /1
The decision to pardon Arpaio was a prelude of what was/is to come. Remember that Arpaio was charged w/contempt of court for failing to follow the Court's order that his office cease racial profiling. Trump was signaling that contempt of court was fine for HIS SIDE. /2
With today's #HammondPardon, trump lets right wing militias (& his right wing base) know that they are free to break the law w/out fear of consequence. At the same time, the Trump admin is actively disobeying the Courts on #FamilySeparation. /3
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We're here in Montgomery, Alabama rallying to say that #FamiliesBelongTogther & to call to #EndFamilyDetention
At the bus stop where Rosa Parks sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Alabamians protest an injustice of our time - the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy separating families all across America. #EndFamilyDetention #FamiliesBelongTogether
Separating families is wrong and today in Alabama, #TheMarchContinues for immigration reform. #EndFamilyDetention
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I have been digging around to try to better explain what the Flores Settlement is all about.

Yesterday I stumbled across something that stopped me in my tracks.

#FamiliesBelongTogether /1
Jenny Lisette Flores, 15, fled civil war in El Salvador In 1985. When she was apprehended at the US-Mexico border she was held for months in an #immigration detention facility together with unrelated adults. /2…
During litigation the government conceded that conditions were "deplorable." Kids were jailed together with unrelated adults in facilities ringed with barbed-wire. They had little to no education, recreation, or visitation. This lasted months or longer. /3…
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THREAD: It occurs to me that while Trump retains high approval ratings among R's, his policies are much LESS popular. I think in terms of messaging, it makes sense to focus on policies, not Trump. Let's talk:
As long as issues get easily interpreted through party heuristic, trump keeps winning. Take it out of the partisan lens- let's talk about how
#TradeWar will hurt your business/job/home expenses.
#separatingfamilies offends your values
#Medicare helps you/your parents /2
Let's talk about how:
#SocialSecurity is your retirement plan that YOU PAID for
#GOPTaxScam gave money to the rich & at best put less than $20 in your paycheck
Yes- the election is a referendum on trump- but it should be about his POLICIES b/c those are the true horror. /3
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The GOP ties #FamilySeparation to #ImmigrationReform b/c the families they're terrorizing are immigrants. But those are TWO SEPARATE ISSUES. That's like tying #UnlawfulPoliceShootingsofBlackPeople to the #OpioidEpidemic because you know people feel icky about addicts. 1/
The GOP is using public distaste and bias against immigrants to force our acceptance of state violence. What if your postal carrier pepper sprayed you if you parked more than 18" from the curb? I hate bad parkers. We all do. The campaign could catch on. #ParkingSpaceFaceMace 2/
They say, "We can either keep families together at the border or fix immigration." By marrying these two DIFFERENT issues under single category of "Immigrant problems," the GOP forces a conversation in which cruel family separation is treated as a reasonable option. IT'S NOT. 3/
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Pursuant to Trump's #FamilySeparation Executive Order, @TheJusticeDept asked a federal court to let the government out of the Flores settlement. This binding settlement is the only law preventing the horrific caging of children apprehended by ICE. Here's what you should know:
The DOJ "motion," asks for two "narrow" exceptions to the Flores settlement:

First, to be able to detain families together.
Second, to make family jails exempt from licensing requirements, which govern the minimum standards of care in these jails.

So that our government can more efficiently detain families together in preparation for deportation.

Again: This is to make deportation easier, faster, cheaper, more efficient.
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