Welp, this thing we collectively failed to stop, particularly those in power, is back in the news again as an AP report found that nearly 70,000 migrants kids have been locked up for being migrants at any time in 2019, breaking our previous record and once again putting the U.S. at the top the worst kind of list.
About 4,000 of these kids are in custody right now. Some of the nearly 70,000 have been released to family, others have been deported back to dangerous countries. The AP report details examples of child trauma endured by specific kids including some really triggering stuff, so proceed with caution.
US held record number of migrant children in custody in 2019
This month, new government data shows the little girl is one of an unprecedented 69,550 migrant children held in U.S. government custody over the past year, enough infants, toddlers, kids and teens to overflow the typical NFL stadium. That’s more children detained away from their parents than any other country, according to United Nations researchers. And it’s happening even though the U.S. government has acknowledged that being held in detention can be traumatic for children, putting them at risk of long-term physical and emotional damage.
As though the current administration gives a single fuck about the well-being of migrant children.
The government says that all of these kids arrived here "unaccompanied," but many of them were separated from their families and then labeled unaccompanied anyway in order to keep going with their evil, outlawed policy designed to punish desperate people for trying to save their families' lives. Sometimes this happens because CBP uses "exceptions" to the family separation ban, claiming their guardian is dangerous in some way to the child or that they have committed a crime or are affiliated with a gang.
Who wants to bet these exceptions are abused? With little to no oversight, border patrol and ICE can do pretty much whatever they want. Why not just take the kids and lie about them being unaccompanied?
I have been yelling this for two years. US held record number of migrant children in custody in 2019. 70,000.— ALT-immigration 🛂 #IAmDevinNunesCow (@ALT_uscis) November 12, 2019
We are holding 70,000 KIDS.
My own note: 20,000 of these kids were separated but designated UNACCOMPANIED.
People will say that these kids have to be locked up, but reports come out constantly about families desperately trying to get these kids out of detention and being ignored for months. We can't be sure whether this is entirely malicious or a funding issue, but a funding issue could be solved at any time if the administration felt like it. But they don't.
Let the kids go. They would be better off almost anywhere than these horrible detention centers. I will take care of one in my apartment if I have to. Let them go.