“Every kid that comes into this program is a symptom of a broken immigration system,” said Weber, who has worked at HHS since 2012. “So today we’ve got over 7,000 symptoms of a broken immigration system.” 1st migrant facility for children opens under Biden wapo.st/3pFKOIg
But let's remember damage needlessly done @HHSGov -same that wouldn't let @latimes interview lone teen in custody despite her, parents' & lawyers' permission, for her "safety" though it's her legal right, then essentially hid teen (under MPP) from lawyers & deported her to no one
Here's @theCindyCarcamo & my series @latimes - under pretext of the pandemic, @HHSGov refused or delayed releases of kids to ready sponsors, even as @ICEgov ramped up efforts to deport them — violating Flores agreement, court rulings, & CDC's own guidance lat.ms/2NB2jwa
@theCindyCarcamo @latimes @HHSGov @ICEgov We broke in May how under Trump coronavirus policy, the U.S. was playing custody keep-away with migrant children, holding them incommunicado in hotels -> latimes.com/politics/story…
And on the new family separation: Citing coronavirus to seal the border, the Trump administration engaged in a pressure campaign against immigrant parents - with help of ICE & HHS - to get them to give up either their kids or their legal claims to asylum lat.ms/2ZFj2kF
Many of these kids & parents were under MPP, very program Biden tackling 1st to restart asylum. Is it just too bad for them, bad luck? These agencies, and these career public servants, cannot simply just wave their hands & poof, responsibility gone, now that there's a new admin

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