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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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Texas Detention Officer Charged With Sexual Assault Of An Undocumented Mother's Child

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Texas Detention Officer Charged With Sexual Assault Of An Undocumented Mother’s Child

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Studies have found that one of the main reasons undocumented immigrants do not report crimes is because they fear being deported. The data accounted for low crime reports factor in both undocumented and documented immigrants. The fear of reporting crimes has impacted many in the immigrant community, including one mother and her 4-year-old child.

An undocumented mother alleges her 4-year-old was sexually assaulted by a Texas police official.

The mother claims that her 4-year-old told her about the assault and wanted to report it for an undisclosed amount of time, but the alleged assailant told her that if she ever told anyone, he would deport her.

Police have arrested Jose Nunez, a 47-year-old officer who has worked in the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office for the past ten years, specifically as a detention officer. According to NBC News, Nunez has some kind of relationship with the mother and child, but it’s unclear as to the specific relation.

Fox San Antonio News reports that the alleged crimes could have been going on for the past few months, maybe even years. There also may be other victims.

“The details of the case are quite frankly heartbreaking, disturbing, disgusting and infuriating all at the same time,” Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said in a press conference. “This suspect utilized to his advantage to place the mother in fear that she would be deported if she did report it,” and added that the “little girl now is safe.”

Sherriff Salazar said that the mom eventually reported the crimes to officials at a fire station.

“I don’t know that he was purposely targeting the undocumented community,” Salazar said, according to NBC News. “Certainly what was appealing was the vulnerability of that community because they are less apt to report things.”

Nunez has been charged with super aggravated sexual assault, which carries a 25-year jail time minimum.


READ: Undocumented Immigrants Are Too Afraid To Report Domestic Abuse Out Of Fear Of Being Deported

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