It appears we can’t do anything right these days.
Courtesy of NBC News:
Under the blistering Texas sun last July, 37 migrant children boarded vans for what was supposed to be a 30-minute ride. At the end of the road from Harlingen to Los Fresnos lay the promise of hugs, kisses and long overdue reunification with their parents, from whom they were taken when the Trump administration began systematically separating migrant families who crossed the border illegally.
But when the children, all between 5 and 12 years old, arrived at Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s adults-only Port Isabel Detention Center, rather than seeing their parents, they saw a parking lot full of vans just like theirs, with children from other facilities who, just like them, were waiting to be processed and reunified with their parents.
It was 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, 2018.
Not until 39 hours later — after two nights in a van — did the last child step out of a van to be reunited. Most spent at least 23 hours in the vehicles.
It is one of the little-known stories of the chaotic efforts to reunify children following the end of President Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy. NBC News has obtained emails sent between employees of BCFS Health and Human Services, the government contractor and nonprofit organization responsible for transporting the children, who were frustrated by the lack of preparation by ICE, and senior leadership at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
At 10:30 p.m. local time Sunday, Andrew Carter, the BCFS regional director responsible for the children, e-mailed Kevin Dinnin, the company’s president and CEO, to alert him to the fact that the 37 children had been waiting for eight hours and not a single one had been processed for reunification.
The children had initially been taken into the facility, but their paperwork was still being processed so they were returned to the vans.
An attempt was made later in the evening with the same result.
These children were often ripped from the arms of their families with no plan in place to ever return them, and after all of these months, that process is still badly broken, with thousands of immigrant children still lost in the system with no clear plan to reunite them with their families.
This travesty was purely the fault of the Trump Administration and history will not forget.