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Jennifer Harbury is a human rights lawyer based in the Rio Grande Valley, and an activist with the Angry Tias. She was interviewed Tuesday by @democracynow about why we're seeing all these deaths among children in CBP and ORR custody.

@democracynow @TornilloWitness @ImmJusticeNOW @ifindkarma @axidentaliberal @jomareewade @B52Malmet @_si_se_puede @TrinityResists @RepUnderwood Main take away: crowded, freezing conditions, a few colds or one or two stomach bugs get transferred to EVERYONE & amplified, especially to vulnerable children. Without proper medical care, their health rapidly deteriorates, leading to untimely death.

This ain't rocket surgery.
@democracynow @TornilloWitness @ImmJusticeNOW @ifindkarma @axidentaliberal @jomareewade @B52Malmet @_si_se_puede @TrinityResists @RepUnderwood @RepJerryNadler @JoaquinCastrotx @JacksonLeeTX18 @funder @RAICESTEXAS @JeffMerkley @brycetache @BryanDawsonUSA @RepBarragan @RepGutierrez Solutions are common f'ing sense:

--stop using "hielera." Seriously. Quit it.
--stop cramming people in like freaking sardines*
--give sick people proper medical treatment

Ta Freaking Da!

*This is the "crux" of CBP's "issue" albeit a manufactured one. It, too, has solutions...
@democracynow @TornilloWitness @ImmJusticeNOW @ifindkarma @axidentaliberal @jomareewade @B52Malmet @_si_se_puede @TrinityResists @RepUnderwood @RepJerryNadler @JoaquinCastrotx @JacksonLeeTX18 @funder @RAICESTEXAS @JeffMerkley @brycetache @BryanDawsonUSA @RepBarragan @RepGutierrez ...

I may have mentioned them before. A LOT. Interestingly, the Chair of the House Finance Committee brought them up yesterday in his opening statement to Acting DHS Head McAleenan. But basically it can be summed up in two words (and they ain't "the wall"):

@democracynow @TornilloWitness @ImmJusticeNOW @ifindkarma @axidentaliberal @jomareewade @B52Malmet @_si_se_puede @TrinityResists @RepUnderwood @RepJerryNadler @JoaquinCastrotx @JacksonLeeTX18 @funder @RAICESTEXAS @JeffMerkley @brycetache @BryanDawsonUSA @RepBarragan @RepGutierrez Really. It's very simple.

They need to "process" people more quickly, they need more staff to do it. They need to be able to keep people healthy, fed, warm, they need staff dedicated to those tasks, not pulled off other jobs to do it. They need to do CFIs quickly, but PROPERLY.
@democracynow @TornilloWitness @ImmJusticeNOW @ifindkarma @axidentaliberal @jomareewade @B52Malmet @_si_se_puede @TrinityResists @RepUnderwood @RepJerryNadler @JoaquinCastrotx @JacksonLeeTX18 @funder @RAICESTEXAS @JeffMerkley @brycetache @BryanDawsonUSA @RepBarragan @RepGutierrez Instead of Moar Wall, Concentration Camps, Troops with Machine Guns, what CBP needs is:

-contracted medical, critical care outfit (through a non-profit?) to handle day to day food, clothing, health, etc.
-more caseworkers
-more USCIS CF Interviewers
@democracynow @TornilloWitness @ImmJusticeNOW @ifindkarma @axidentaliberal @jomareewade @B52Malmet @_si_se_puede @TrinityResists @RepUnderwood @RepJerryNadler @JoaquinCastrotx @JacksonLeeTX18 @funder @RAICESTEXAS @JeffMerkley @brycetache @BryanDawsonUSA @RepBarragan @RepGutierrez As the other interviewee, Fernando Garcia, the founding director of the Border Network for Human Rights, said, we're dealing with a HUMAN RIGHTS CRISIS now.

It's not just a humanitarian crisis, but a matter of human rights violations going on, right in front of our faces.
@democracynow @TornilloWitness @ImmJusticeNOW @ifindkarma @axidentaliberal @jomareewade @B52Malmet @_si_se_puede @TrinityResists @RepUnderwood @RepJerryNadler @JoaquinCastrotx @JacksonLeeTX18 @funder @RAICESTEXAS @JeffMerkley @brycetache @BryanDawsonUSA @RepBarragan @RepGutierrez Similar information, if less eye-witness.

-Long trek from Northern Triangle
-Exhaustion, immunocompromised, faced w/metering & The List
-Decide on a faster, more dangerous path into the US
-At CBP "holding facility," unhealthy conditions.
-Sickness ensues
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