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More Migrant Children Were Separated From Their Families Than The US Government Admitted To

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The Trump administration likely separated more children from their families than the original 2,737 than the government previously acknowledged. According to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), thousands more migrant children were separated from their parents than originally stated. While the exact numbers are still uncertain, the original count from last year did not include the thousands more who officials say may have been separated from their families starting in 2017. As of now, the government does not know if these families have been reunified.

It’s likely impossible to see the full scope of how many migrant kids the Trump administration has taken away from their parents.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), which runs the government shelters for unaccompanied migrant children, saw a “steep increase” in the number of separated children in 2017. Even before The Trump administration announced their “zero tolerance” policy at the border, “HHS faced significant challenges identifying which children in its care had been separated by” the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Amid fears of widespread loss or trafficking of immigrant children, the report’s evidence suggests most separated children (like children who arrive unaccompanied without parents) were placed with close relatives within the US. This startling report is the first U.S official acknowledgment that the Trump administration was using family separation as a tool to stop illegal immigration almost a year before it became actual policy.

According to the report, the spike in young children resulted in a shortage of beds for children in the agency’s care.

“More children over a longer period of time were separated by immigration authorities and were referred to HHS for care than is commonly discussed in the public debate,” Ann Maxwell, Assistant Inspector General for Evaluation and Inspections, told CNN. “How many more children were separated is unknown.”

There were some clues that this practice was being conducted prior to 2017. Then-Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly told CNN that the Trump administration conducted a “pilot program” from July 2017 to October 2017 to test the “zero tolerance” policy in El Paso.

Allegedly, there haven’t been efforts made by the Office of Refugee Resettlement to find the exact number of children separated by DHS.

According to Reuters, the practice of separating minors from adults has been standard practice “for more than a decade.” From October 2016 through February 2018, before the ‘zero tolerance’ was put in place, almost 1,800 immigrant families were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The ORR has stated that the agency “has only limited resources,” and tracking previous DHS separations would deter them from their main focus of caring for children under government custody. They now have changed its tracking procedures to better flag and account for all children at intake.

While the “zero tolerance” policy came to an end last June, the report shows that children were still being separated. One hundred eighteen children were separated between July 1 and Nov. 7, 2018. Eighty-two of the children are under the age of 13 and 27 of them are under the age of 5. The DHS provided the ORR with limited information about the reasons for these separations.

HHS has now reunited nearly all of the 2,737 children with parents or released them to relatives living in the US. The prior separated children were all released before “zero tolerance.”

Last year, Customs and Border Protection apprehended about 50,000 unaccompanied children during the fiscal year which was up from 41,435 in 2017. Prior to the “zero tolerance” policy, children were separated from parents if they had a criminal history.

Lee Gelernt, the ACLU attorney who successfully led the court challenge that ended the Trump administration’s separation policy, said in a statement the he will return to court to take up the findings raised in the report.

“This policy was a cruel disaster from the start. This report reaffirms that the government never had a clear picture of how many children it ripped from their parents. We will be back in court over this latest revelation.”


READ: Here’s What We Know So Far About The New Refugee Caravan That Just Left Honduras

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Our Abuelas Swear By These At-Home Remedies To Cure Anything You Might Be Struggling With

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Our Abuelas Swear By These At-Home Remedies To Cure Anything You Might Be Struggling With

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Everyone is going down right now with the cold, but not Latinos who follow their abuela’s advice like a religion. Honestly, our families have very interesting ways to try to make your illness vanish before dinner. Whether you are putting Vicks Vaporu on your feet and weraing socks to bed or gargling hydrogen peroxide for a sore throat, some are super questionable and some are genius. However, don’t get crazy and always seek medical advice if you are sick and need assitance. That being said, here are some remedies our abuela’s swear by.

Vaporu

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Symptoms: Literally anything.

There’s no world in which VapoRub doesn’t top this list. Our mamis put it on our chest whenever er had a cough and puts it on all her warts. The healing magic of Vaporu is endless.

It was such a staple in our childhoods that we legit fantasize about its amazing healing properties.

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We were all up in Vaporu’s business. So much so that if you look in your house, you’ll find a few containers of the magic elixir.

“Sana, Sana, La Colita de Rana”

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Alongside Vaporu, this it’s one of the only other cure-all’s we have on deck. Mom would sing the song as she made marks up your arm and end with a very intense tickle. It always made you feel better, so there’s your proof.

El Ojo

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Symptoms: General Lethargy / Sluggishness

Also known as uncooked eggs. If you’re feeling general malaise, you might have the evil eye. The only way to get rid of it is to rub an egg all around your body for three days straight, it will rid you of the evil eye demons.

A glass of water.

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Symptoms: Todo de todo.

Don’t even think about drinking that. Leave it behind your bed to absorb evil spirits in the night. Then, dump it out the next morning. Do that for a few days and you’ll be cured (or the virus will have run its course, who can say?).

Sopa de Pollo Cubano

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Symptoms: Cold/Flu

Caption: “Sopa de Pollo Cubano para mi mujer para los gringos:

Cuban Chicken Soup for my lady it’s been said to cure everything”

#facts

Salt Water

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Symptoms: Sore Throat

It is one of the most common cures for a sore throat in a Latino home. There was no getting a day off because your throat is sore. Gargle some warm salt water, wait 20 minutes then go about your day.

Honey

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Symptoms: Cold

Okay, this isn’t a uniquely Latino remedy, but you know your abuela has told you to have a spoonful of honey whenever you even felt slightly uncomfortable. It was even better warmed up with some lemon juice. As an adult, add some tequila and really kick that cold.

Onion syrup

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Symptoms: Cough / Weakened Immune Symptom.

Yep. Just peel and cut an onion and boil it. Once it’s a bit more reduced, add honey and lime and drink that onion water like your abuelita swears her life on it.

Garlic

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Symptoms: Frio Al Estómago

We don’t get sick because we pop raw garlic cloves like their grapes. That’s because we’re warm, tropics/desert people. So if you’re eating raw salads and smoothies all day, you’re betraying that warm stomach, and better add some garlic, stat.

A Spoonful Of Olive Oil

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Symptoms: Stomach Aches / Colds

Spaniards conquered us and brought us olives. At this point, you can make yourself a garlicky, caramelized onion olive oil dip and call it medicine. Abuela says it’ll help fight off colds.

Wear your socks.

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Symptoms: Existing

No matter what, you should wear socks around the house so you don’t catch a cold. It’s a preventative measure, but if you’re already sick, layer those babies on.

The Ocean

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Symptoms: An Open Wound

Whenever you hurt yourself playing outside or doing something they told you not to do, your parents, if you lived by a beach, would tell you the ocean can heal it. You could use salt + water + cotton ball and do this at home, kids, but it’s not how our abuela’s cured themselves.

Sancocho

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Symptoms: Cold / Flu

Screw chicken noodle soup, mijas. The Dominican Republic’s sancocho will build strong bones.

Mustard

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Symptoms: Cough, Congestion

If you’ve bastardized our shared identity by not having Vaporu around, you can mix mustard with an egg white and some flour. Make like play-dough and apply it to your chest to relieve coughing. We’re not scientists, we’re just messengers.

A shot of tequila

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Symptoms: Cold / Insomnia

It didn’t matter how old you were. If you had a cold or stomach flu, your mom made you have a shot of tequila. The hope is that it would instantly kill the bacteria in your body, but we do not recommend this for jóvenes.

Agua Florida

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Symptoms: Fever

Peruvians and general Miamians alike know that this is the holy water of healing grace. Pour a few drops of it over someone’s feverish head, and it’ll cool you down. Regardless, you’ll smell nice.

Manzanilla y Anise

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Symptoms: Stomach Cramps, Nausea, Discomfort

When that stomach flu hits you, here’s a twofer. Eat some citrus for that natural Vitamin C and then boil the orange peels along with anise. Drinking this abuela-approved tea will soothe your stomach right away.

7Up

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Symptoms: Nausea

Only Latinos would turn a soda into a medicine. It’s the healthiest soda in the house, so if you’re not feeling well, mami will offer you a 7Up.

Put potatoes on your feet, kid.

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Symptoms: Fever

Apparently, rubbing potatoes on your feet can also help reduce a fever.

What weird, strange, and effective Latino remedies keep your family alive and kicking?


READ: You Are Never Too Old to Try Abuelita’s Tried and True Cold Remedies

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