Refugee children in the US are living in many camps, with little supervision | Human Rights Issues
Biden officials are holding thousands of rescued children in at least 200 homes in 12 countries and including five homes with more than 1,000 children inside, according to the Associated Press.
The secret secrets that the AP shows are showing children from other countries In the hands of the government twice over the past two months, and this week the federal government has about 21,000 children, from infants to children.
The site at Fort Bliss, a U.S. military base in El Paso, Texas, had more than 4,500 children Monday.
Lawyers, caregivers and psychiatrists say that while some living quarters are safe and well cared for, some endanger the health and safety of children.
“It’s like” Groundhog Day, “said Southern Poverty Law Center lawyer Luz Lopez, referring to a 1993 video in which events appear to be repetitive.
“Here we are back to where we started, where the government is using taxpayers’ money to build bigger facilities … for children instead of using the money to find ways to quickly get children and their sponsors.”
U.S. Health and Human Services spokesman Mark Weber says departmental and contractors are working hard to keep children safe.
Some of the current developments are similar to what President Joe Biden and others criticized under the auspices of former president Donald Trump, as well as the lack of scrutiny of others under his control by the FBI.
At the same time, court records show that Biden’s administration is struggling to resolve a number of multi-dollar lawsuits alleging that immigrant children are being abused in camps under Trump.
One of the government’s views on overseeing thousands of US-Mexico border crossings includes twelve unlicensed facilities within military bases, playgrounds and conference venues that violate state law and do not require legal oversight.
Within these offices, called Emergency Intake Sites, children are not sure if they will study, have fun or have legal advice.
Some of the homes with children are run by contractors who are already facing charges of child sexual abuse in their homes under Trump’s administration, while others are new companies that do not know much about the work of children migrating abroad.
In a recent report, the agency said the “re-establishment of unaccompanied minors,” has been sharing on a daily basis the number of children in government custody and a few photographs of the facility. This represents a higher manifestation than the Trump administration.
In addition, the average life span for children is reduced from four months to the last fall (autumn) to less than one month this year, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
However, the agency has received reports about the violence that led to the removal of a small number of staff members from the hospital this year, according to an official who was not allowed to discuss the matter in public and did not do so.
‘No one would tell me anything’
Lawyers say that sometimes even parents cannot know where their children are.
Jose, a man who fled El Salvador after his hometown was killed, has asked to flee to the US four years ago.
He was expected to receive his wife and eight-year-old daughter in Southern California this year, but the couple was relocated to the border in March and deported to Mexico.
The girl crossed herself again and was buried in a government house in Brownsville, Texas, on April 6.
Jose called the state hotline for parents to look for their children to move again and again but said no one could tell him where he was.
“It really upset me because I kept calling and calling, and no one told me anything about where they were,” said Jose, who asked to be identified only for fear of disrupting their future case.
“In the end he told me I had to pay $ 1,300 to pay for his plane ticket and if I didn’t pay, I had to wait a month, and I was very worried.”
About three weeks later, their daughter was in Brownsville Prison before her release at the end of April after a mobilization agency helped the government pay for her trip, as the agency demands.
HHS declined to say whether there are any standardized standards for the care of children living in emergencies or supervision.
Biden officials allowed the children to return to the press as soon as they replaced them, in response to the coronavirus epidemic and secretive restrictions.
“HHS has worked as hard as it can to increase the number of beds and ensure that those who can help her can provide a safe home as the child goes through their evacuation routes,” HHS Weber said in a statement.
“Once completed – early childcare, child immunization and physics, case management, phone calls, education, entertainment and much more – are available through construction and staff, provided as part of the operation.”
Weber confirmed a number of residential areas on which the AP found.
‘Not very effective’
Of great concern to the instructors is the large number of dormitories, with hundreds of beds each. These places may leave children alone, unsupervised and without essential activities.
The AP has found that nearly half of all children migrating to the US sleep in camps with more than 1,000 other children. More than 17,650 are in areas with 100 or more children. Some child protection programs are limited, not just a home with a small child.
Homes in Houston were closed abruptly last month after it was revealed that children were being given plastic bags instead of toilets.
“These machines have become ineffective, and they are getting worse,” said Amy Cohen, a pediatric psychiatrist and director of the non-profit organization Every Last One, which works to help immigrant families escape violence in Central America. Although there have been many children coming to the US over the years, Cohen said he has never seen anything as bad as today.
Cohen described parents who receive phone calls from people who refuse to identify themselves.
They have been told to stay at the airport or bus stop for the next two hours to pick up their children, who have been detained for over a month without realizing it, or they will not be released.
Some parents are told to pay a travel agency thousands of dollars for their child to be sent, he said.
“Children are coming out sick, and COVID, full of lice, and it would not surprise me to see children die because of this, as we have seen in the Trump age,” Cohen said. “Biden officials are making a concerted effort to build a shelter for these people, many of whom do not know how to work with children.”
One of the reasons many children are arriving without parents is to resume Trump’s 2020 emergency law that closed US-Mexico borders for all refugees, citing public health concerns by publishing COVID-19.
That emergency rule it still works for seniors, but Biden authorities have begun to allow children traveling without their parents to live and seek protection if they enter the country. As a result, some parents send their children only to the border.
Many already have a parent or other adult relative or family member, known as a helper, in the US waiting to receive them. But first, they are held by US Customs and Border Protection, or CBP, and then they go to the public domain.
“While having children on a long-term end in CBP is not allowed, in the same way, having children on weekends in Emergency designated facilities,” said Neha Desai, a National Center for Youth Law lawyer. With each passing day, it is very important that these children be released from caregivers or relocated to a place of residence. ”