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Trump Administration Claims Babies Separated From Families Are Being Held In ‘Tender Age’ Shelters

The Trump administration has finally announced the fate of thousands of babies and young children that have been ripped away from their parents. The babies are being held in three so-called “tender age” shelters in southern Texas. There are already plans to open a fourth one in Houston, which is opposed by city leaders.

Last night, the Associated Press reported that babies separated from their parents are bing held in special detention centers in southern Texas.

The young children are being held in centers in Combes, Raymondville and Brownsville, Texas. The centers are specifically designed to hold the youngest migrants detained at the border under President Trump’s new immigration policy. The policy was announced on May 7 and requires all families be separated at the border.

The news of “tender age” shelters is drawing outrage from politicians in both parties.

Yet, immigration officials claim the facilities and policy are not inhumane.

“We have specialized facilities that are devoted to providing care to children with special needs and tender age children as we define as under 13 would fall into that category,” Steven Wagner, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) told the Associated Press. “They’re not government facilities per se, and they have very well-trained clinicians, and those facilities meet state licensing standards for child welfare agencies, and they’re staffed by people who know how to deal with the needs — particularly of the younger children.”

Experts say the trauma of separating children from their families is similar to child abuse.

A Quinnipiac University poll found that American voters oppose Trump’s family separation policy 66 percent to 27 percent. Republican voters support the policy 55 percent to 35 percent.

There have been protests nationwide calling for President Trump to end the policy of separating families.

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Thousands marched to the Tornillo,  tent city — a makeshift detention center — in El Paso, Texas, where undocumented kids are held on Father’s Day.

President Trump falsely claims that Democrats are responsible for the law that allows for families to be separated. However, there is no such law in effect. The act of separating families is a direct result of Trump’s new immigration policy.

“This is inhumane. This is cruel,” Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke said at the march in Tornillo, according to KFOX. “This is torture. To take a child from that mother, from that father, who literally risked all, including their lives, to bring them to safety, fleeing horrific violence.”

Aside from politicians, there were lots of families in attendance demanding the government stop their policy of separating families at the border.

Democrats have introduced several bills that would ban the government from separating families — including 3036 – Keep Families Together Act; R. 2572 – Protect Family Values at the Border Act; 5950/S.2937 – HELP Separated Children Act;  and the 2043/S. 2468 – Fair Day in Court for Kids Act of 2018 — politicians said it’s important for people to express how they feel about this issue.

Despite outcry from the general public and democrats, the Trump Administration has not backed down from their zero tolerance policy when it comes to separating families.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said they are just doing their “job.”

“We will not apologize for the job we do or for the job law enforcement does for doing the job that the American people expect us to do,” Nielsen said at the National Sheriffs’ Association, according to CNN. “Illegal actions have and must have consequences. No more free passes, no more get out of jail free cards.”


READ: The Trump Administration Announced A New Policy To Separate Children From Parents Who Cross The US-Mexico Border

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AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

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AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ted Cruz are at it again on Twitter. This time it’s about immigration policy. After recently traveling to the US-Mexican border to underline the recent rise in immigration, Cruz accused AOC of pushing for a “full open borders” policy.

And of course, AOC got him with some solid zingers.

AOC in turn hit back at Cruz for recently fleeing his home state of Texas during its power grid collapse to vacation in Cancún.

In response to Cruz’s attack, AOC suggested Mexico avoid allowing Cruz in the next time he attempts to vacation there. She also called on him to resign from office for his attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“Ted, this is pretty rich coming from someone who fled their own home (and responsibilities) during an environmental crisis to cross the border and seek refuge in Mexico,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Also you funded cages, expanded cages, and yet you’re complaining about cages. You have no policy, just puff.”

Ocasio-Cortez accused Republicans of hypocritically attacking the current administration’s detention of migrant children at the border after they supported President Donald Trump’s policy of separating migrant parents from their children.

Currently, Democrats like AOC are calling on Biden to impliment more liberal immigration policies.

Republicans have strongly expressed their dislike for the recent rise in migrants which has come as a result of Biden’s reversal of Trump’s most rigid border policies.

AOC is currently a co-sponsor of the Roadmap to Freedom resolution. The resolution calls on the Federal Government to develop and implement a Roadmap to Freedom “in order to overhaul the outdated immigration system in the United States that has gone without significant reform for decades, and to relieve the great human impact an unjust system bears on communities around the country.”

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9-Year-Old Migrant Girl Drowns While Trying to Cross the Rio Grande in the U.S.

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9-Year-Old Migrant Girl Drowns While Trying to Cross the Rio Grande in the U.S.

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On March 20th, U.S. Border Patrol agents found a 9-year-old migrant girl unresponsive along with her mother and sibling on an island in the Rio Grande.

U.S. Border Patrol agents attempted to resuscitate the family. The agents were able to revive the mother and her younger, 3-year-old child. The Border Patrol agents transferred the 9-year-old migrant girl to emergency medics in emergency medics in Eagle Pass, Texas, but she remained unresponsive.

In the end, the 9-year-old migrant girl died–the cause of death being drowning.

The mother of the two children was Guatemalan while the two children were born in Mexico.

The death of the 9-year-old migrant girl is notable because this is the first migrant child death recorded in this current migration surge. And experts worry that it won’t be the last.

And while this is the first child death, it is not the only migrant who has died trying to make it across the border. On Wednesday, a Cuban man drowned while trying to swim across the border between Tijuana and San Diego. He was the second migrant to drown in just a two-week period.

Why is this happening?

According to some reports, the reason so many migrants are heading towards the U.S. right now is “because President Trump is gone”. They believe they have a better chance of claiming asylum in the U.S.

Another factor to take into consideration is that a large number of these migrants are unaccompanied minors. According to migrant services volunteer Ruben Garcia, Title 42 is actually having the opposite effect of its intent. President Trump enacted Title 42 to prevent immigration during COVID-19 for “safety reasons”.

“Families that have been expelled multiple times that are traveling with children,” Garcia told PBS News Hour. “Some of them are making the decision to send their children in by themselves, because they have families someplace in the U.S., and they know their children will be released to them.”

Is there a “border crisis”?

That depends on who you ask. According to some experts, the numbers of migrants heading to the U.S./Mexico border aren’t out-of-the-ordinary considering the time of year and the fact that COVID-19 made traveling last year virtually impossible.

According to Tom Wong of the University of California at San Diego’s U.S. Immigration Policy Center, there is no “border crisis”. “This year looks like the usual seasonal increase, plus migrants who would have come last year but could not,” Wong says.

As the Washington Post explained: “What we’re seeing right now is a predictable seasonal shift. When the numbers drop again in June and July, policymakers may be tempted to claim that their deterrence policies succeeded.”

What is the Biden Administration planning on doing about it?

As of now, it is pretty evident that the Biden Administration has not been handling this migrant surge well, despite ample warning from experts. As of now, President Biden has put Vice President Harris in charge of handling the issues at the border.

As of now, the game plan is still very vague. But in the past, the Biden Administration has stated that they plan to fix the migrant surge at the source. That means providing more aid to Central America in order to prevent further corruption of elected officials.

They also want to put in place a plan that processes children and minors as refugees in their own countries before they travel to the U.S. The government had not tested these plans and they may take years to implement. Here’s to hoping that these changes will prevent a case like the death of the 9-year-old migrant girl.

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