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Meghan McCain Has A Real Problem With People Referring To Detention Centers Where Children Are Deprived Water Torture Facilities

Just last week, Doctor Dolly Lucio Sevier toured a Border Patrol processing center and concluded that the conditions were comparable to “torture facilities.” At a center known as Ursula in McAllen, Texas, Dr. Sevier found nursing mothers receiving less than half the minimum amount of water required for a healthy family. Mothers were only receiving 1.5 liters of water a day and told her they would drink more if they had access.

Meanwhile, ABC’s “The View” co-host Meghan McCain is invoking the name of her late father, John McCain, who was a prisoner of war, to squash the credibility of Dr. Sevier’s claims.

Dr. Sevier is set to file a temporary restraining order against the federal government on the basis of her findings.

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In her report, she writes that the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is “endangering the health of these infants” by offering “breastfeeding mothers less than adequate supplies of fluids and nutrition.”

A series of reports by lawyers and physicians across the country are contributing to the restraining order.

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We all remember the Clint, Texas Border Patrol report detailing how children were taking care of infants and toddlers, and all of whom were being denied access to soap and toothbrushes.

Two-thirds of the children Dr. Sevier examined had respiratory infections.

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The motion will call for an emergency order to force the government to be in compliance with existing laws mandating the basic health and safety of asylum seekers, specifically children. Meanwhile, children are losing weight while being detained in the facilities.

In the decade before Trump, no immigrant children have died in federal custody. So far, seven children have died.

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The attorney working on the motion has directly blamed the conditions at CBP facilities for the deaths of these children. “These deaths may have been prevented had CBP substantially complied with the terms of the Flores Settlement and promptly transferred children out of its custody,” he said.

During an opening segment on ABC’s “The View,” Meghan McCain got angry with the doctor’s claims.

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What started out as a segment discussing the deaths of children at the facilities, with no mention of the phrase “torture facility,” McCain interjected. She described the term as “hyperbole,” invoking her late father’s experience during the Vietnam War.

Co-host Sunny Hostin blamed a “lack of empathy” from the administration for the horrific treatment of children.

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McCain called on her experience of growing up with a father with injuries from torture and the experience of visiting a torture facility to dismiss the doctor’s claims.

“When you have a facility whose specific purpose is to torture people, that is not what’s going on,” McCain shouted. “Yes, it’s inhumane but there’s a big difference between a Hanoi Hilton and what’s happening at the border right now!”

Hostin, exasperated, said “I don’t care what we’re calling them. Kids are dying inside of them.”

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“We should care about the dead kids that have come out of them,” Hostin emphasized. McCain’s play was right in line with the GOP response: get more worked up about the labels rather than what’s going on inside the detention centers.

“Well, my father couldn’t lift me above his head as a child because of his torture wounds, so I do think that hyperbole is important.”

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McCain did not offer any call to action or a solution for the crisis in detention centers, ICE facilities, concentration camps or torture facilities. Hyperbole was the most important topic of discussion for McCain that day.

Meanwhile, descendants of Holocaust survivors are crowding outside a New Jersey detention centers to protest ICE.

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A fellow protestor shared her friend’s story in a single, powerful caption, “So many grandchildren of Holocaust survivors are here blocking the road to the Elizabeth Detention Center. My friends who exist because their family escaped concentration camps know that this ICE facility is a concentration camp. Shut it down! #NeverAgain for anyone!”

Protests are expected across the country demanding a shutdown of all concentration camps in America.

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Just hours ago, hundreds of activists, dozens of which were with the Jewish Advocacy organization Never Again Action, were arrested outside an ICE facility in New Jersey. Their crime was protesting outside an ICE facility calling for an end to ICE raids, deportations, and immigrant prisons.

READ: Historians And AOC Agree That Detention Centers Look Like Concentration Camps But Conservatives Don’t Want To Hear It

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The Rio Grande Claims Life Of An 8-Year-Old Boy As Migrants Risk Arctic Conditions To Cross Into U.S.

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The Rio Grande Claims Life Of An 8-Year-Old Boy As Migrants Risk Arctic Conditions To Cross Into U.S.

Texas is seeing an unprecedented weather crisis as much of the state is plunged into bitterly cold conditions. But that hasn’t stopped many migrants and refugees from attempting to cross into the U.S. for protection.

Many migrants cross the Rio Grande (or Río Bravo en Mexico) between Texas and the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. Crossing the Rio Grande is always a dangerous undertaking but now, thanks to the freezing weather, it’s an especially perilous journey and it’s claimed the life of another child.

An 8-year-old boy has drowned while crossing the river with his family.

Authorities have reported that an 8-year-old Honduran boy has become the latest victim in a string of drownings at the Rio Grande, between the the U.S. and Mexico. Despite the unprecedented weather, migrants continue to attempt to cross the dangerous river to reach the U.S.

The child was with his family attempting to cross the river when he drowned on Wednesday, just as Texas was gripped by Arctic conditions which have killed more than 30 people and left millions in Mexico and Texas without power, water and food. The boy’s parents and sister apparently made it to the U.S., but were returned to Mexico by U.S. Border Patrol.

According to Mexican immigration officials, the boy “couldn’t withstand the pounding water, which covered him and kept him submerged for several meters”. His body was recovered but attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

The Rio Grande is notoriously dangerous for people attempting to cross the border.

The journey across the Rio Grande has always been a perilous one, with hundreds of people, many of whom could not swim, having drowned over the years after being caught by the deceptively deep waters and strong current.

Add in the current winter storm currently blanketing the entire state of Texas, has produced significant snow and prolonged freezing temperatures, has made the crossing even more dangerous.

In fact, earlier in the week, the river had claimed another victim. A woman from Venezuela died trying to cross the river in the same area after getting trapped in below-freezing currents. Three others suffered hypothermia: one was treated by the Red Cross in Mexico, while the other two made it the US border.

Drownings are just one of the dangers migrants face.

Apart from the potential for drownings, migrants face a wide range of dangerous while attempting to cross from Mexico into the U.S. In late January, 19 bodies were found shot and burned in a vehicle near the town of Camargo, also across the border from Texas.

There’s also the threat of violence from drug cartels and smugglers, corrupt officials, and other extreme elements, such as heat during the summer.

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They Survived 33 Days On A Deserted Island Thanks To Coconuts And Rats Before Being Rescued By The Coast Guard

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They Survived 33 Days On A Deserted Island Thanks To Coconuts And Rats Before Being Rescued By The Coast Guard

Fleeing your home country and leaving everything you hold dear behind you is one of the biggest sacrifices that many migrants and refugees make in their journey to a better life.

However, for a trio of Cubans fleeing their homes on the island, things took an even darker turn when their boat capsized in the middle of the Caribbean and they were forced to swim to a deserted island. It would be weeks before they would be rescued and they were forced to find a way to survive off of what little the island provided in terms of food and shelter. Their story is one of incredible survival.

U.S. Coast Guard rescued three Cuban migrants from a deserted island.

While doing routine patrols earlier in the week, an aircrew of the U.S. Coast Guard spotted two men and a woman waving makeshift flags on a deserted island between the Lower Florida Keys and Cuba. The Coast Guard dropped down a radio, food, and water to the trio on Monday and rescued them off the island on Tuesday.

“It was incredible. I don’t know how they did it. I was amazed they were in as good as shape as they were,” Lt. Justin Dougherty told CNN affiliate WPLG.

According to the rescued migrants, their boat had capsized in rough waters about five weeks ago and they were forced to swim to the island.

The trio did all they could to survive on the deserted island for 33 days.

According to the Florida Sun Sentinel, the group lived off coconuts, conches and rats while on the island. The group had also built themselves a temporary shelter, a coast guard official said.

“Being out in those harsh elements for a long period of time, they were very happy to see us,” helicopter pilot Mike Allert told ABC’s Good Morning America. “I cannot recall a time that we saved people who were stranded for over a month on an island. That is a new one for me.”

They were taken to the Lower Keys medical center, where none appeared to have serious injuries. And by Wednesday, they were in federal custody after being moved to an immigration facility in Pompano Beach, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.

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