Trump Administration cancels English classes, recreational services, and legal aid for unaccompanied minors who cross border.

By |2019-06-05T12:46:14-08:00June 5th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |9 Comments

Big surprise, this could be illegal.

Courtesy of WaPo:

The Trump administration is canceling English classes, recreational programs and legal aid for unaccompanied minors staying in federal migrant shelters nationwide, saying the immigration influx at the southern border has created critical budget pressures.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement has begun discontinuing the funding stream for activities — including soccer — that have been deemed “not directly necessary for the protection of life and safety, including education services, legal services, and recreation,” said U.S. Health and Human Services spokesman Mark Weber.

Federal officials have warned Congress that they are facing “a dramatic spike” in unaccompanied minors at the southern border and have asked Congress for $2.9 billion in emergency funding to expand shelters and care. The program could run out of money in late June, and the agency is legally obligated to direct funding to essential services, Weber said.

The move — revealed in an email an HHS official sent to licensed shelters last week, a message that has been obtained by The Washington Post — could run afoul of a federal court settlement and state licensing requirements that mandate education and recreation for minors in federal custody. Carlos Holguin, a lawyer who represents minors in a long-running lawsuit that spurred a 1997 federal court settlement that sets basic standards of care for children in custody, immediately slammed the cuts as illegal.

“We’ll see them in court if they go through with it,” Holguin said. “What’s next? Drinking water? Food? . . . Where are they going to stop?”

Ripping children away from their parents, forcing them to sleep in parking lots with only a space blanket to cover them, and now taking away recreational, educational, and legal resources. 

This Trump Administration is leaving behind a hell of a legacy. 

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9 Comments

  1. Anonymous June 5, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    In funny news, self described Christians go ape shit crazy after The View’s Sunny Hostin says Jesus would attend gay pride parades. Detractors immediately get out their favorite bible verses to contradict Hostin forgetting the ones about Adulty, Greed, Lying and others for which they forgot when they voted for Trump. Christianity, the religion of convenience.

  2. Anonymous June 5, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    They are also “stealing” the kids medication!!
    ================================
    Doctor who treats newly-released migrants says border officials have been snatching kids’ medicine

    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/6/5/1862846/-Doctor-who-works-with-newly-released-migrants-says-border-officials-are-snatching-kids-medicine

  3. Anonymous June 5, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    Good.

    • barbara carlson June 6, 2019 at 4:46 am

      “Good” ??? are you applauding these inhumane practices or that the government is “leaving behind a hell of a legacy”, or will be sued….?

  4. Beaglemom June 6, 2019 at 3:17 am

    Every day we sink further into the abyss.

  5. barbara carlson June 6, 2019 at 4:44 am

    “We’ll see them in court if they go through with it,” Holguin said. “What’s next? Drinking water? Food? . . . Where are they going to stop?”

    What’s next? Bathroom privileges, unless those are already gone — just shit in your pants, kids…

  6. Anonymous June 6, 2019 at 7:06 am

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/06/elizabeth-warren-launches-probe-into-john-kelly-for-his-rapid-cynical-and-unethical-profiteering-off-trump/

    “General Kelly’s role in promoting and helping execute these cruel immigration policies remains a stain on his decades of public service,” “It is outrageous that he now appears to be cashing in on those same policies as a board member for the company that benefitted from his actions as a government official.”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/06/trump-administration-kills-legal-aid-for-detained-migrant-children/

  7. Anonymous June 6, 2019 at 9:49 am

    Fuck John Kelly. Total disgrace to the USMC.

  8. anonymous June 7, 2019 at 8:06 am

    https://thinkprogress.org/dhs-oig-watchdog-spoiled-food-nooses-immigration-detention-centers-b5796c0ff257/

    a report Thursday detailing the horrific conditions at immigration detention centers across the United States. Inspectors found “immediate risks or egregious violations of detention standards” including nooses in detainee cells, overuse of solitary confinement, and spoiled food, among other issues.
    The findings confirm what most immigration activist groups and some progressive members of Congress have been clamoring about for months: ICE is routinely violating the human rights of the individuals in its custody.

    “The report’s findings reveal that issues in ICE detention are not isolated — they are systemic,”

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