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These Migrant Kids Are Being Held In A Prison While Former Members Of The Trump Administration Are Making Money Off Their Imprisonment

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One of the most shocking parts of the American justice system is our reliance on for-profit prisons. Companies that own private prisons make money off the number of people they house, so they push for more people to be incarcerated.

This encourages the prison industry to give money to politicians who claim to be tough on crime or anti-immigration. So, essentially, what we consider to be a crime is now often influenced by the prisons and jails who stand to profit.

Along the way, the prison industrial complex ruins lives and takes away people’s basic freedoms, all to make a dollar. 

For example, one US company is making $750 each day for every kid it has imprisoned in its detention center.

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One company that appears to be making a killing off of the Trump Administration’s inhumane immigration policies is Caliburn International Corp. Caliburn charges $750 per child, per day to house immigrant children at a temporary shelter in Homestead, Florida.

At $750 per day, the children could literally be staying at the Four Seasons hotel in Miami.

The children who find their way to this facility are unaccompanied minors who arrived at the U.S. border seeking asylum. Most of them are Central American. 

Unfortunately, the shocking levels of connection between the government and for-profit prisons aren’t really shocking anyone.

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Former Trump chief of staff John Kelly recently joined its board of directors. He previously had been on the board of an investment firm that now owns the company.

This same company owns the now infamous Homestead facility which many people described as being like an actual prison than a detention center for child migrants.

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The Homestead facility caught the public’s attention for its prison-like conditions in which children are not allowed to touch one another and walk single-file to 15-minute meals. They may not use the restroom without permission and are only allowed two ten-minute phone calls with a family member per week.

“These children are battling a sense of deep helplessness and sheer frustration and confusion on why they don’t know anything or on why they are still detained,” attorney Neha Desai told the Miami Herald. “It’s profoundly distressing for them and something needs to be done.”

The facility sits on federal property, and unlike established children’s shelters, such as smaller group or foster homes that hold migrant children across the country, is not governed by state child welfare regulations designed to protect kids from harm.

Over 2,300 children are currently at the facility and some stay for months, even those who have family members waiting to pick them up.

Many weren’t surprised by the news and pointed out that we probably don’t even know the half of it.

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In the two and half years of the Trump administration, story after story of government corruption has been uncovered.

Just When You Thought It Couldn’t Get Worse: A 3-Year-Old Was Told To Pick Which Parent To Be Separated From

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Just When You Thought It Couldn’t Get Worse: A 3-Year-Old Was Told To Pick Which Parent To Be Separated From

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This year has seen so much of what we would have never even imagined just a little over four years ago. Thanks to the strict and cruel policies under our current presidential administration, we’ve seen families separated from their underaged children at border stops, kids held in cages and women sexually assaulted and harassed by officers of the United States government. Xenophobia and racism are on the extreme uptick and just when you think we couldn’t stoop any lower as a country, a new report sets a new bar.

Sadly, the latest low involves a child that is just 3-years-old.

Parents from Honduras have recently accused an agent at a Border Patrol holding facility of asking their 3-year-old daughter to decide which one would be deported.

In a recent interview with NPR, a woman by the name of Tania said that she and her husband, who share three children together, experienced the bizarre abuse of their child in a holding facility in El Paso Texas. While detained, an agent told the family, which is from Honduras, that one of the parents would be sent to Mexico while the other would be kept in the United States with their three children. The two parents also have a 9-year-old daughter and a 6-year-old son.

“The agent asked her who she wanted to go with, mom or dad,” Tania told NPR through an interpreter. “And the girl, because she is more attached to me, she said mom. But when they started to take [my husband] away, the girl started to cry. The officer said, ‘You said [you want to go] with mom.'”

Tania says that she and her husband spent last week attempting to make deals with Border Patrol so that their family would not be separated.

Tania and her husband, Joseph, were working with a doctor who examined the 3-year-old, named Sofi, who had been given the burden of the harsh decision. The parents say that they pleaded with agents to not separate the family.

According to NPR Tania and her family came to the U.S. after they witnessed the murder of her mother. The news outlet reported last week that the family was sent back to Juárez, Mexico after crossing into El Paso in April and became part of the Trump administration program called Migrant Protection Protocols, which is also known as “remain in Mexico” and requires Central American migrants to wait in northern Mexico cities while their immigration cases are sorted out by the courts. More often than not, these cities are among the most dangerous in the country.

On top of everything, Sofi has an extreme heart condition.

According to NPR, Linda Rivas, the family’s lawyer and an employee of  Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center presented evidence from a Mexican health clinic that Sofi had suffered a heart attack. Stunned by the revelation Immigration Judge Nathan Herbert said that he didn’t have the authority to remove the family from MPP. However, he did ask the Department of Homeland Security lawyer to consider of Rivas’ evidence.

According to NPR, Sofi was examined by a doctor last week. The doctor told Border Patrol agents that she had had a serious heart condition and needed to stay in the country.

Tania told NPR that the agents “spoke to me at around 3 or 3:30 p.m., and they told me: ‘Sign here, because we are giving you and your children permission.’ And I said, ‘I came with the children’s father,’ and he said, ‘Not him. Only you and your children.’ And the doctor said it’s important for the family to stay [together], and even the doctor said ‘They entered as a family and they have to leave as a family.'”

According to the report, the agent had already made up their mind about the separation and it was then that Sofi was asked which parent she wanted to go with. According to Tania, the doctor who examined Sofi told her not to allow the agent to ask the little girl to make the decision, “because they don’t have the right to ask a minor.”

Eventually, the doctor was able to make a case for the family to be kept together to another agent. Fortunately, the family was released last Friday, together, to an El Paso migrant shelter.

Two Racist Florida Women Are Caught On Video Telling A Puerto Rican Man To ‘Go Back To Mexico’ If He Wants To Speak Spanish

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Two Racist Florida Women Are Caught On Video Telling A Puerto Rican Man To ‘Go Back To Mexico’ If He Wants To Speak Spanish

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In a video that has been making the rounds on social media, two women can be heard telling the Puerto Rican manager of a Burger King restaurant in Florida to “go back to Mexico” after they heard him speaking Spanish to an employee.

Footage of the interaction that was recently shared on Facebook shows the two women in a heated exchange with Ricardo Castillo, the general manager of the restaurant.

The two women were filmed by another customer who happened to be Latina.

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Two racist customers at a Burger King in Florida told the manager to go back to Mexico – when he is from the US territory of Puerto Rico.

Another customer videoed the heated exchange as the Spanish-speaking manager told the two women to leave his restaurant near Orlando.

‘Go back to Mexico if you want to keep speaking Spanish,’ one of the woman is heard to say from her seat after overhearing manager Ricardo Castillo speaking in Spanish with an employee. 

You can see the video that has gone viral here.

The clip, posted onto Facebook by Neyzha Borrero on July 6, shows Ricardo Castillo, who is Puerto Rican, repeatedly condemn the two women for being prejudiced before asking them to leave after they told him to “go back to Mexico” because he was speaking to an employee in Spanish.

“When you’re in America, you should speak American English,” one of the women can be heard telling Castillo.

Raising his voice, Castillo adds: “Guess what ma’am, I’m not Mexican, I’m not Mexican but you’re being very prejudice and I want you out of my restaurant, right now.”

One of the women then says they’ll leave after they have finished their meal. The general manager retorts: “You know what, I’ll do it for you ma’am, I’ll call the cops.”

Eventually the women get up and leave the restaurant as Castillo tells each of them to have a great day.

Of course, reactions on Twitter came quick and strong.

Nearly everyone on Twitter came to support Castillo and commended him for his calm attitude in the face of discrimination and abuse.

Some pointed out just how common these types of racist exchanges are becoming.

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With many people saying that thanks to racist comments from our leaders in government and our media (such as Fox News), people are feeling more emboldened than ever to share their racist views.

Others took to Twitter to tell Burger King that Castillo deserves a big raise for how he handled the situation.

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Borrero, the woman who filmed the incident said “I was very surprised by his reaction. I think even though he was being verbally attacked and discriminated, he handled it very, very well. He never used profanity to them. He never insulted them, he just asked them to leave and never come back to his restaurant.”

And some pointed out just how racist this exchange was.

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Sadly, it’s totally true. If Castillo had been white and speaking a language other than Spanish, we can pretty much guarantee that this racist, abusive exchange never would of happened.

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