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Ash writes: "Legal aid groups litigating on behalf of those detained by U.S. Customs & Border Patrol and ICE must press the courts for access to all of the facilities by human rights and relief workers on an exigent basis."

Jakelin Caal Maquin, 7, and Felipe Gomez Alonzo, 8, both fleeing Guatemala seeking asylum in the US, are two of the six children who have died in U.S. immigration detention facilities during the Trump administration's policy of deterrence. (photo: Rudy Gutierrez/AP/Catarina Gomez)
Jakelin Caal Maquin, 7, and Felipe Gomez Alonzo, 8, both fleeing Guatemala seeking asylum in the US, are two of the six children who have died in U.S. immigration detention facilities during the Trump administration's policy of deterrence. (photo: Rudy Gutierrez/AP/Catarina Gomez)

The Courts Must Allow Aid Workers Access to the Children in Detention at the Border

By Marc Ash, Reader Supported News

25 June 19


egal aid groups litigating on behalf of those detained by U.S. Customs & Border Patrol and ICE must press the courts for access to all of the facilities by human rights and relief workers on an exigent basis.

What has already been clearly documented is a pattern of human rights and child abuse so pervasive that it has led to at least six child mortalities under the government’s well-documented negligent care.

The courts must order:

  • That the aid workers, including UN observers, have access to document conditions and provide whatever care is required for the health and safety of those being detained on an ongoing basis.

  • That aid workers have the authority to modify living conditions as needed to maintain the basic health and human dignity of those being detained.

  • That aid workers have the capacity to take whatever steps necessary to reunite children with family members.

  • That aid workers have the right to document conditions photographically, provided those images do not reveal the identities of the detainees to the public. In addition, courts should allow such documentation to be conducted in a manner consistent with family reunification efforts.

  • That, in light of the gross negligence and malice demonstrated by the government in its care of immigration detainees, the court should hear arguments for financial compensation to the aid organizations who provide care.

The time for an aggressive, concerted relief effort has come. The government, in pursuit of political ends, has knowingly and willfully engaged in a pattern of unlawful abuse that tramples upon all relevant US and international laws, treaties, and norms.

An emergency has been intentionally created by the government. In light of the emergency that by the government’s hand now demonstrably exists, the courts must act on an emergency basis to allow aid to the families and children in all US immigration detention facilities.

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0 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-06-25 11:49
This is right and good. To me, it does seem that there is a crisis at the US southern border. It is the same kind of crisis that Europe experienced with refugees and migrants over the last dozen years. NATO nations destroyed many countries in the middle east and Africa and that precipitated a massive outflow of migrants and refugees.

The US has destroyed nations in Latin America and now there is a massive outflow of people from those nations to the US.

Why are democrats so adamant that there is no crisis on the border? Is it only because Trump says there is a crisis? I wish someone could explain these remarks:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the situation "a fake crisis at the border."

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called it "a crisis that does not exist."

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said, "There is no crisis at the border."

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries said, "There is no crisis at the border."

House Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Eliot Engel called the situation "a fake crisis at the border."

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said, "There is no crisis at the border."

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said, "We don't have a border crisis."

Rep. Lloyd Doggett called the situation "a phony border crisis."

Rep. Earl Blumenauer called it "a fake crisis at the border."

There are many, many more such comments. Why?
+3 # WBoardman 2019-06-25 18:46
Why do Democrats say there's no crisis at the border?
Easy, because that's a narrow, tunnel-visioned political response
to the Trump claim that there IS a crisis.

No crisis in numbers compared to the past.
Real crisis of management, deliberate.

There is also the real crisis of governmental law-breaking
and human cruelty that any self-respecting Democrat
is already calling "concentration camps."

RR's list includes no self-respecting Democrats,
only old pols shaking in their boots about
how to avoid doing their job.

The real crisis is the Trump escalation of US
police state immigration authority –
and the Democrats have dirty hands in that.
+1 # WBoardman 2019-06-26 18:23
Bad enough that RR operates pseudonymopusly .

But RR also plagiarizes.

RR's list of Democrats' quotes comes from a piece by
Byron York in the Washington Examiner:

York at least had the integrity to include a few Republican
commentators saying the same thing.
+1 # WBoardman 2019-06-26 18:31
RR seems to be carrying water for the White House.

At least when the White House promotes Byron York,
the attribution is duly given. From 1600 Daily email:

The White House • June 26, 2019
Suddenly, Democrats say there is a border crisis

On February 15, President Donald J. Trump declared a national emergency to address the security and humanitarian crisis on our southern border. That month, more than 40,000 alien families arrived—an unprecedented surge that America’s outdated and overstretched immigration system is ill-equipped to handle.

Something to share: 26 times they called the border crisis fake news

Congressional Democrats were swift and nearly unanimous in their response, as Washington Examiner columnist Byron York detailed today:
“A fake crisis at the border,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi proclaimed.

“A crisis that does not exist,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said.

“There is no crisis at the border,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer declared....
+1 # coberly 2019-06-25 13:54

language ambiguity

Trump calls it a crisis meaning the bad guys are stemming the gates.

the demo say no crisis: the bad guys are not stoping the gates.

we say there is a crisis: the US is separating kids from their parents (and also treating them badly, but note there would still be a crisis if they were giving them cake and ice cram).

not sure why you find this hard to understand, but from what i have seen even here most people find most everything hard to understand.

such as when is socialism not socialism.
+2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-06-25 15:15
cob -- thanks. Probably you are right about different people looking at different things. I only think that something urgently needs to be done and we live in a sort of crisis driven society. Our government only reacts when there is a crisis. I'd think democrats could get something done if they were crying "crisis." They can blame Trump and they are doing that but probably not enough. For all the abuses of ICE, the buck stops at Trump's desks.

I just don't understand the strategy of the democratic leadership. They seem willing to let migrants and refugees suffer. That should stop now.
-1 # DongiC 2019-06-26 01:06
Socialism is not socialism when it benefits me and maybe you.
+7 # CEB 2019-06-25 15:52
The numbers of immigrants attempting to enter the United Stars and their countries of origin suggest that there is a crisis borne of longstanding US policies towards aiding and abetting governments in these countries which make living there inhospitable for large numbers of its citizens. You reap what you sow and we have sown fascistic regimes which have promoted violence, disenfranchisem ent, dire poverty and lack of opportunity for most who live there at the very least. It is no wonder that we are seeing an uptick in refugees seeking a better life. We are directly responsible for spawning these refugees and now we have a second responsibility, in which we have created a second monumental crisis directly at our own hands. We have an obligation to care for these refugees as they seek a reasonable future here.Instead, once again our policies are making the situation unimaginably worse when ,as is pointed out , these children have families in the US wanting to care for them. I find it extraordinary that instead we are putting children in facilities which do not even approximate minimum standards of habitation and care at a time when the economy of our country is booming ,which is a clear indication that it’s not money that is lacking it is a moral compass which sees this cruel and unusual punishment of innocents for what it is: the acts and policies of a United States which has turned into the monster we created in Central and Latin America. And the worm turns.
+4 # coberly 2019-06-25 17:28
clearly there is money enough to take better care of these children even if it were not a crime against humanity to imprison them in the first place.

i watched Pence weasel around this issue, and never once did the questioner ask him if there was "emergency" money for the Wall why was their no emergency money for the kids.

if impeaching Trump means we get Pence, we may be better off keeping Trump, but making his crimes clear enough that no one votes for him or any R again.
+3 # MikeAF48 2019-06-25 16:13
"Tell me where do the children play".
+1 # DongiC 2019-06-26 01:11
This question makes me weep.
0 # coberly 2019-06-25 17:24

i agree with that entirely.
0 # Depressionborn 2019-07-07 20:56
where are the kids parents? Something doesn't make sense.

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