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Alida Garcia @leedsgarcia
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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:
amnestyusa.org/reports/usa-ca…
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/
Well yesterday, u may have seen this @stillsarita report in the @NewYorker about 5 yr old Helen who was told to sign away her rights and was separated from her Grandma (pls read to get human context) - Helen & her grandma were NOT covered by the lawsuit 4/
Every week or so we get updates from the lawsuit - usually @jacobsoboroff tweets those in an easy to interpret example - here is where we last were on kids still separated vs. reunited vs. parents deported, etc. 5/
So when this report says there are 136 kids still in custody and not reunited ---- that is SOLELY those children separated whose parents are within the lawsuit class. That does NOT include babies like Helen who were separated from their grandmas. #FamiliesBelongTogether 6/
Here are some questions I have:
- Of the 6,000 family units separated during Zero Tolerance (which is probably way more children than 6,000 because some people arrive with more than 1 child), how many of those children remain in HHS Custody? #FamiliesBelongTogether 7/
Lifting up smartypants @DLind's feedback - that only confuses me more but perhaps makes me moderately less hysterical #FamiliesBelongTogether:
So perhaps the math that Congress should be trying to figure out is: 6000 individuals - (Total individuals + their children in Ms. L class) the potential universe of children who *may* still be in UAC custody w/ either a released, deported, detained family member (like Helen) 9/
Either way whatever CBP Says, & however the #s are refuted. We know 5 year old Helen exists. We know it is common for parents of babies to come work in the US & leave their children w/ grandparents. Quite possible there are more Helen's & I sure hope someone figures it out. /10
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