BREAKING: Lawyers allege abuse of migrant women by gynecologist for Georgia ICE detention center. Our new reporting following whistleblower allegation of unnecessary procedures, including hysterectomies. With @JuliaEAinsley and @daniellalsilva. nbcnews.com/news/latino/nu…
WATCH: I spoke with the whistleblower, nurse Dawn Wooten, who made the complaint with @ProjectSouth and the @GovAcctProj to the DHS IG about a high number of hysterectomies.

“I had a detainee who asked me," she said, "what is he doing, collecting all of our uteruses?"
Immigration attorney @SarahOwings5 tells @NBCNews "I don’t think this is necessarily a systemic sterilization by ICE I think this is the kind of thing that is allowed to flourish in the course of poor oversight and terrible, inhumane conditions of confinement."
The doctor, who three lawyers identified as Dr. Mahendra Amin, practicing in Douglas, Georgia, has continued to see women from the Irwin County Detention Center for the past several years despite complaints from his patients. nbcnews.com/news/latino/nu…
The whistleblower complaint was first reported by @jbwashing and @jlosc9 at @theintercept. theintercept.com/2020/09/14/ice…
Also want to note: the identify of the doctor who allegedly performed the procedures was first reported by @TheTinaVasquez for @prismreports. prismreports.org/article/2020/9…

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17 Sep
NEW: House @EnergyCommerce sent a letter to HHS @SecAzar asking him to answer questions about our @NBCNews report (with @JuliaEAinsley) detailing a 2018 cabinet-level WH SitRoom meeting where Stephen Miller asked for a show-of-hands vote to move forward with family separations.
Here's the letter.

"Despite multiple letters and repeated requests, you have still failed to provide all requested documents, in an attempt to continually shroud the evidentiary record of that shameful chapter in American history."
.@EnergyCommerce makes documents request of @SecAzar in letter about family separation vote:

"Please provide any agenda, memoranda, meeting minutes, or any other documents related to this meeting, including materials shared in advance or prepared for purposes of this meeting."
Read 5 tweets
12 Sep
NEW: Trump admin admits it has expelled 8,800 migrant kids from U.S. with little legal oversight or due process, skirting anti-human trafficking law.

Using COVID as excuse, he’s accomplishing what he hoped family separations would force Congress to do. nbcnews.to/3mhQveP
That figure is for unaccompanied kids. They’ve also expelled 7,600 who came as part of a family group. And 159,000 people total since March.
Undermining their own public health justification of the practice, last month @lomikriel and @DLind reported the Trump administration is “only expelling kids who’ve tested negative.” propublica.org/article/ice-is…
Read 4 tweets
31 Aug
NEW: DHS OIG investigation confirms what @JuliaEAinsley and I reported last summer for @NBCNews — that botched family reunifications left dozens of separated kids in vans overnight. This video is from the night we broke the story with @chrislhayes.
“DHS OIG confirmed that, as reported in the NBC News story, children brought to Port Isabel on July 15, 2018, waited extended periods — and in many cases overnight — to be reunited with their parents.”

Here’s the OIG report: oig.dhs.gov/sites/default/…
This is the original story. nbcnews.com/politics/immig…
Read 6 tweets
20 Aug
EXCLUSIVE: Trump cabinet officials had a 2018 show-of-hands vote in the White House Situation Room to move forward with separating migrant children, according to officials present, despite warnings the government wasn’t ready.

With @JuliaEAinsley. nbcnews.com/politics/immig…
No one in the meeting made the case that separating families would be inhumane or immoral, the officials said. Any moral argument regarding immigration "fell on deaf ears" inside the White House, said one of the officials. nbcnews.com/politics/immig…
“A sea of hands went up.” nbcnews.com/politics/immig…
Read 5 tweets
31 Jul
After the Trump administration had separated thousands of migrant parents and children from one another, Matt Albence went before Congress in July 2018 and described conditions in detention centers as “more like a summer camp.”
A month before the summer camp comment, Albence told an HHS data analyst, who asked about where he could find data to reunite parents and kids, that ICE “may not have some of it.”

I write about the incident in “Separated: Inside an American Tragedy.”

📚: amzn.to/30znWPZ
Incidentally, Albence’s summer camp comment came at the same hearing Commander Jonathan White answered truthfully when asked if family separations were harmful to children (he said yes) after having been pressured to not say so by Katie Miller.
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25 Jul
BREAKING: Judge Gee denies Trump admin request to delay Monday deadline to release kids in ICE custody.

She tells ICE they have discretion to release detainees "as this Court has ordered time and again" and states "[t]here will be no family separation without parental consent."
The Trump administration has "no other move than to release the families," @AmyMaldonadoLaw, who represents the detained families in other federal litigation, tells me.
The Trump administration could release families in ICE detention -- where COVID is spreading -- right now. They haven't done so despite being ordered to let out the kids a month ago by Judge Gee. Monday remains the deadline, as she just reiterated in this new order.
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