Trump’s concentration camp for children in Texas, USA


This video from Associated Press in the USA says about itself:

Tent city expands to house more migrant teens

(27 Nov 2018) A temporary, emergency detention camp that opened in the Texas desert in June for an overflow of migrant children shows no signs of closing. There are now more than 2,300 teens being held inside the tent city, some have been there for months.

From Associated Press:

Texas detention camp for teen migrants keeps growing

By GARANCE BURKE AND MARTHA MENDOZA

27 November 2018

TORNILLO, Texas — The Trump administration announced in June it would open a temporary shelter for up to 360 migrant children in this isolated corner of the Texas desert. Less than six months later, the facility has expanded into a detention camp holding thousands of teenagers — and it shows every sign of becoming more permanent.

By Tuesday, 2,324 largely Central American boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 17 were sleeping inside the highly guarded facility in rows of bunk beds in canvas tents, some of which once housed first responders to Hurricane Harvey. More than 1,300 teens have arrived since the end of October.

Rising from the cotton fields and dusty roads not far from the fence marking the border between the U.S. and Mexico, the camp has rows of beige tents and golf carts that ferry staffers carrying walkie-talkies. Teens with identical haircuts and government-issued shirts and pants can be seen walking single file from tent to tent, flanked by staff at the front and back.

Prisoners in nazi Germany concentration camp

United States Trump-supporting nazi Internet site the Daily Stormer is very happy about that; posting this photo of people with ‘identical haircuts and government-issued shirts and pants’ imprisoned in Hitler’s concentration camps; where the Tornillo camp reminds them of.

More people are detained in Tornillo’s tent city than in all but one of the nation’s 204 federal prisons, and construction continues.

None of the 2,100 staff are going through rigorous FBI fingerprint background checks, according to a government watchdog memo published Tuesday. “Instead, Tornillo is using checks conducted by a private contractor that has access to less comprehensive data, thereby heightening the risk that an individual with a criminal

eg, racist violence

history could have direct access to children,” the memo says.

Federal plans to close Tornillo by Dec. 31 may be impossible to meet. There aren’t 2,300 extra beds in other facilities, and a contract obtained by the AP shows the project could continue into 2020. Planned closures have already been extended three times since this summer. …

Children numbers at Tornillo camp

The camp’s population may grow even more if migrants in the caravans castigated by President Donald Trump enter the U.S. Federal officials have said they may fly caravan teens who arrive in San Diego directly to El Paso, then bus them to Tornillo, according to a nonprofit social service provider who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to publicly discuss the matter.

As the population inside the camp swells, young detainees’ anguish has deepened.

“The few times they let me call my mom I would tell her that one day I would be free, but really I felt like I would be there for the rest of my life,” a 17-year-old from Honduras who was held at Tornillo earlier this year told AP. “I feel so bad for the kids who are still there. What if they have to spend Christmas there? They need a hug, and nobody is allowed to hug there.”

He spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal from immigration authorities.

The nonprofit agency contracted to run Tornillo says it is proud of its work. …

“We don’t have anything to hide. This is an exceptionally run operation,” said Krista Piferrer, a spokeswoman for BCFS Health and Human Services, a faith-based organization.

A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Mark Weber, said no decisions have been made about whether Tornillo will close by year’s end as scheduled.

“Whatever it is we decide to do, in the very near future, we’ll do a public notice about that,” he said.

In June, as detention centers for migrant children overflowed, Scott Lloyd, director of HHS’s Office of Refugee Resettlement, signed a memo granting a waiver to staff up Tornillo without the required child abuse and neglect checks, which flag any potential employee who has a record of hurting a child. There were two reasons, according to a memo by HHS’s inspector general’s office: first, there was pressure to move quickly to open the detention camp, and second, Lloyd’s agency assumed Tornillo staff had already undergone FBI fingerprint checks. They had not.

Lloyd, under fire for his handling of the migrant crisis, was transferred out of the refugee resettlement branch and to a different division of HHS last week. Weber did not immediately respond to questions as to why the department waived background checks.

Failing to properly check staffers’ backgrounds “can lead to potential abuse and neglect of these kids,” said Dr. Colleen Kraft, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Jeffrey Harp, a retired FBI assistant special agent in charge, told the AP that FBI fingerprint background checks can be completed in a few minutes and reveal much more information about job candidates than checks that simply run a person’s name against criminal history databases.

“How do you know the person is who they say they are unless you do a fingerprint check? They can’t lie about their fingerprints, but they can lie about their name or take on someone else’s identity who has a crystal clean record,” Harp said.

US waived FBI checks on staff at growing teen migrant camp: here. So, no check on links to the Proud Boys white supremacist violent gang, the Ku Klux Klan or the National Socialist Movement, etc.

MAN SHOUTED ‘I HATE MEXICANS’ BEFORE ATTACK A Utah man has been charged with aggravated assault for allegedly beating a Latino father and son outside their tire shop in Salt Lake City after yelling about his hatred of Mexicans. [HuffPost]

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Rivoli’s hummingbird in Texas, USA


This video from Texas in the USA says about itself:

Male Rivoli’s Hummingbird Sparkles While Sipping Nectar – Oct. 5, 2018

Wouldn’t it be great if we could all look this majestic while eating a meal? It comes naturally for the male Rivoli’s Hummingbird. In the right lighting, these hummers reveal their spectacular metallic teal throat patch and purple crest. It’s not surprising that this species was known as Magnificent Hummingbird from the 1980s until 2017.

Texas protest against Trump jailing immigrant children


This video from Texas in the USA says about itself:

29 September 2018

Protesters gather at Tornillo Port of Entry.

By Bill Van Auken in the USA:

Protests hit mass detention of immigrant children in Texas tent camp

1 October 2018

Scores of protesters gathered outside the Tornillo border crossing about 35 miles southeast of El Paso, Texas over the weekend to protest the mass incarceration of immigrant children there in a barren tent camp in the desert on the Mexican border. The demonstrators demanded the immediate release of the children as well as that of their parents.

The protest came amid reports that over 1,600 children have been relocated to the camp as part of a brutal immigration policy involving what amounts to midnight raids on shelters and foster care homes throughout the country.

Children are literally being dragged from their beds in the middle of the night without warning in order to prevent them from escaping, according to a report Sunday by the New York Times. They are then loaded onto buses and transported hundreds if not thousands of miles from as far away as New York and Kansas to be imprisoned in the Tornillo detention camp.

The Times reported that caregivers at the shelters and homes from which the children are removed have protested the action and have been left in tears by the government’s action. Children already traumatized by their detention and separation from their parents are once again subjected to the cruelty of the US government’s police-state regime against immigrants and refugees.

“Several shelter workers, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of being fired, described what they said has become standard practice for moving the children: In order to avoid escape attempts, the moves are carried out late at night because children will be less likely to try to run away”, the Times reported. “For the same reason, children are generally given little advance warning that they will be moved.”

The Tornillo detention camp, or “Tent City” was originally opened in June to house 400 boys after the Trump administration’s implementation of its “zero tolerance” policy, which effectively meant that all undocumented immigrants, including those claiming refugee status, were to be imprisoned, and all those deemed to have violated immigration law criminally prosecuted. While held in custody, parents were separated from their children.

While the administration has formally ended the policy of separation, it acknowledges that nearly 500 children are still separated from their parents and in custody, including 22 who are under the age of five. The parents of at least 322 of these children have already been deported. Moreover, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) notified Congress earlier this month that it cannot locate about 1,500 children released into custody by immigration authorities and for whom it is responsible to ensure care.

The number of detained immigrant minors has increased fivefold since 2017, with more than 13,000 now in custody. The average period of time that these children spend in detention centers has nearly doubled from 34 days to 59 days, according to DHHS.

While the government initially said it would close down the Tornillo camp in July, it subsequently pushed the closing date to September and has now revealed that the facility is being vastly expanded and will remain open at least until the end of this year.

The children imprisoned at the camp are classified as “unaccompanied minors”, though it is unclear whether some of those housed there were separated from their parents either in crossing the border or by the Border Patrol itself.

Children sent to the Tornillo federal detention camp are taken from homes and shelters elsewhere to live in tents where they “sleep lined up in bunks” and are denied the right to education that is mandated in facilities under the jurisdiction of individual states’ child welfare laws. Their access to attorneys handling their immigration cases is also sharply curtailed.

Hundreds of children are being been dragged to the desert detention camp in Texas because of the overflow in other shelters caused by the record number of children that have been detained at the border and the difficulty in releasing them to family members created by the US government’s own draconian immigration policies.

Under the pretense of imposing more rigorous background checks on family members coming forward to take care of the children in custody—which has included the demand that they be fingerprinted—Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has targeted these caregivers, many of whom are themselves undocumented immigrants, for detention and deportation.

Last month, ICE senior official Matthew Albence testified to Congress that under background check procedures, his agency had since July arrested 41 people who had come forward volunteering to “sponsor” the imprisoned children. An ICE spokesperson told CNN that 70 percent of these arrests were made based on the sole “crime” of being undocumented.

“Close to 80 percent of the individuals that are either sponsors or household members of sponsors are here in the country illegally, and a large chunk of those are criminal aliens”, Albence told the Congressional panel. “So we are continuing to pursue those individuals.”

Albence is the same ICE official who testified to Congress this summer that detention facilities like the one in Tornillo were the equivalent of “summer camps” for kids. Asked if he would send his own children to one of them, he replied that the question was not “applicable.”

The government’s crimes against children detained on the US southern border have only escalated since the Trump administration formally rescinded its policy of separating children from their parents. Yet, they are largely ignored by the media and by the Democratic Party, which put in place the “emergency shelter” regulations now being brutally implemented in Tornillo.

HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN TEXAS Over the past two weeks, hundreds of migrant children have been taken from shelters and sent to a tent city in Tornillo, Texas, according to The New York Times, in what experts are calling a humanitarian crisis of the U.S. government’s own making. [HuffPost]

IMMIGRATION POLICY BLOWS HOLE IN THE BUDGET After two years, Trump’s promised immigration crackdown is nowhere near its goal of deporting 3 million people. But the failed policy has blown a gaping hole in the budget. [HuffPost]

Texas, USA hummingbirds in the morning


This video from the USA says about itself:

Full Feeders On West Texas Hummingbird Cam – Sept. 26, 2018

The feeders are full and things are humming along this morning in the Davis mountains.

Watch live at http://allaboutbirds.org/texashummers for more information about hummingbirds and highlights from the feeders.

‘Texas border policeman murdered women’


This 15 September 2018 video from the USA is called US ‘serial killer’ border agent arrested in Texas.

After the member of Donald Trump’s Texas border patrol who killed one woman (a refugee from Guatemala), now about a colleague of his for whom it seems one dead woman was not enough.

Translated from Dutch MOS TV today:

A border police officer has been arrested in Texas suspected of killing four women and kidnapping a fifth. The last woman managed to escape at a gas station and called the police.

The 35-year-old suspect was arrested in a parking lot of a hotel in Laredo city, about 250 kilometers southwest of San Antonio. He had been hiding there.

The authorities think the policeman killed the four women on his own during the last two weeks. Their bodies have recently been found in the vicinity of a highway towards Mexico.

Serial killer

“We see this as the work of a serial killer”, said the public prosecutor. …

It is striking that the officer had been working at the border police for 10 years and that he was aware of the investigation into the murders. “It is interesting that he watched while the authorities were looking for a murderer and that he simply came to work every day”, the prosecutor said.