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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal

Unaccompanied Minor Surge Part II

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Here we go again.

During the first six months of Fiscal Year 2016 (ending March 31, 2016) there was a 78 percent increase in apprehension of unaccompanied children by Customs and Border Protection from Fiscal Year 2015. There were 28,579 unaccompanied children apprehended in 2014.

Via The Hill:

The number of families and unaccompanied children apprehended on the southern border has skyrocketed this year, according to new figures from the Obama administration.

The numbers, compiled by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), reveal that child migration is on par with 2014 levels, when a wave of kids thousands of them unaccompanied arrived at the southern border.

The surge of illegal immigration quickly swamped border authorities, immigration courts and health and humanitarian workers, while sparking a political battle on Capitol Hill over the cause and proper response to the crisis.

And in related news via the Texas Tribune:

A nonprofit organization has sued the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services for issuing a temporary child-care license to an immigration detention facility in Karnes City.

Grassroots Leadership, which opposes for-profit prisons, says the department has no authority to regulate detention centers or prisons and is asking Travis County District Court for a temporary injunction and restraining order to stop the licensing.

From Grassroots Leadership's press release:

(AUSTIN, Texas) Today, Grassroots Leadership and two mothers who are detained in Texas with their children filed papers in state court in Austin seeking a Temporary Injunction and Temporary Restraining Order to halt the licensing of controversial family detention centers in South Texas.

The South Texas Family Residential Center, operated by prison corporation Corrections Corporation of America in Dilley, and the Karnes County Residential Center, operated by prison corporation GEO Group in Karnes City, had applied for licenses under lowered standards adopted under a new regulation, 40 TEX. ADMIN. CODE 748.7, implemented by the agency on March 1st. On Friday and without an official announcement, DFPS granted the Karnes detention camp a childcare license based on that regulation.

Grassroots Leadership has asked the 250th Judicial District Court to invalidate those regulations on the ground that DFPS only is granted authority to regulate childcare facilities and not detention centers, prisons, detention camps, or mental health facilities.

I'm waiting to hear if Hillary Clinton will once again call for these refugee children to be sent back to their death to send a message.

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Updated 05-05-2016 at 07:08 AM by MKolken


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