Trump’s war on immigrant children, continued

This 20 July 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Salvadoran Mother Reunited with 3-Year-Old Son Says He Shows Signs of Trauma & Aggressive Behavior

On Wednesday, Democracy Now!’s Laura Gottesdiener sat down with a Salvadoran mother named Belqui Yessenia Castillo Cortez, who reunited with her 3-year-old son Michael last week after they were separated by immigration officials at the border in Texas. Federal documents show the mother and son arrived at the legal port of entry in Rio Grande City on May 28, 2018, to apply for asylum in the United States. Immigration authorities detained them and then separated them, sending Belqui to the Port Isabel Detention Center in Texas, while her 3-year-old son was flown all the way to New York and held in a facility run by a human services agency called Abbott House. “His behavior is really aggressive”, she says. “He wasn’t like this before. … He’s violent, more than anything else.”

This 20 July 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Migrant Children Detained in Shelters Being Drugged, Told Not to Hug, Forced to Bathe in Sinks

The Trump administration has less than a week to meet a court-ordered deadline to reunite children and parents separated at the U.S.-Mexico border under its “zero tolerance” policy. This comes as advocates say some migrant children have been released from federally contracted shelters with scabies and lice. In Illinois, officials are investigating the Chicago nonprofit Heartland Alliance over allegations it housed children separated from their parents at the border, with many of the children reportedly suffering abuse and neglect. We speak with Reveal reporter Aura Bogado, who has exposed a second office used by military contractor MVM to hold migrant children. This time, the children had to bathe in bathroom sinks.

This 20 July 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Psychologists: Migrant Parents Reunited with Detained Children Must Brace for Trauma & Long Recovery

We discuss the psychological impacts family separation has on young children with Nancy Burke, psychoanalyst and a co-chair of the Psychotherapy Action Network, which helped publish a pamphlet aimed at helping immigrant parents separated from children. She’s on the faculty with the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis and Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and says the trauma children are experiencing in detention “freezes them in time” and takes away their ability to express themselves.

Defense Contractor’s Use of Vacant Office Building to House Children Underscores ‘Perverse Secrecy’ of Trump Immigration Policy. “This thing where the government took children from their parents at the border? It’s more horrific than we have imagined”: here.

Lost among the wall-to-wall press coverage of allegations of Russian interference in US politics is a recent revelation that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) received 1,310 reports of rape and sexual assault of immigrant detainees by ICE officials between 2013 and 2017 alone: here.

HOMELAND COUNCIL MEMBERS RESIGN OVER ‘CHILD KIDNAPPING’ Four members of the Homeland Security Advisory Council have resigned over the Trump administration’s forced family separations, with one writing that the policy is “child kidnapping, plain and simple.” [HuffPost]

The practice of separating children from refugee parents, being carried out by the Trump administration to universal condemnation and revulsion worldwide, has been practised in the UK for years: here.

When Jews Were ‘Illegals’, They Took Away Our Children, by Henry Abramson.

6 thoughts on “Trump’s war on immigrant children, continued

  1. For weeks we’ve been watching in shock and horror at the Trump Administration’s heartless treatment of children and families at our southern border. And unfortunately you won’t believe what is happening to pregnant women in U.S. custody, either.

    After a change in policy from the Trump Administration, pregnant women are increasingly being locked up and denied medical care by immigration authorities.

    To say this is heartless and dangerous for pregnant women would be an understatement. Along with more than 20 of my fellow senators, I’ve introduced the Stop Shackling and Detaining Pregnant Women Act, to reinstate the practice of releasing pregnant women and set a higher standard of medical care.

    Add your name now to join us: tell the Trump Administration to immediately reverse course and stop detaining, shackling and denying medical care to pregnant immigrants.

    Since the change in policy, ICE has detained more than 500 pregnant women. Reports have since surfaced from detention centers in at least four states of a dire lack of medical care and even miscarriages among women in U.S. custody.

    This inhumane policy is putting the health of mothers and infants at risk — and we have to keep telling President Trump this is simply unacceptable.

    Make your voice heard: call on the Trump Administration to reverse its policy and stop the horrifying treatment of pregnant women in U.S. custody.

    Thank you,


    Add Your Name

    Patty Murray is the Senior U.S. Senator from the great state of Washington


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