Wednesday Open Thread | Federal judge orders CBP to let doctors into migrant children detention centers

A federal judge has ordered U.S. Customs and Border Protection to allow medical professionals into detention facilities holding migrant children, CNN reported Sunday.

U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee ordered that health professionals be allowed in the facilities to ensure the conditions are “safe and sanitary” for children being detained there and to assess the children’s medical needs.

The order pertains to all of CBP’s facilities in the El Paso and Rio Grande Valley sectors, CNN reported. The centers are the subject of a lawsuit regarding the 1997 Flores Agreement and reports of unsafe and reported unsanitary conditions at detention centers.

Prosecutors had requested immediate action to address conditions they said threaten the wellbeing of children.

The Hill has reached out to CBP for comment.

Last week prosecutors asked the court to hold the Trump administration in contempt and take immediate action to remedy unsafe conditions at border facilities.

“The children, including infants and expectant mothers, are dirty, cold, hungry and sleep-deprived,” prosecutors said, referring to conditions at detention centers including one in Clint, Texas.

Gee, an Obama appointee, ruled late Friday that an independent monitor must ensure conditions in detention centers are promptly addressed, setting a July 12 deadline, according to The New York Times.

At a recent hearing, Department of Justice senior litigation counsel Sarah Fabian testified that the department is compliant with the law, arguing a toothbrush and soap were not necessary to fulfill safe and sanitary conditions for detained children.

Beto O’Rourke is scheduled to visit the Border Patrol facility in Clint, Texas, on Sunday. Democratic presidential candidates visited a detention facility in Homestead, Fla., last week and commented on the horrific conditions they witnessed.

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86 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread | Federal judge orders CBP to let doctors into migrant children detention centers

  1. Candy Apples and Flag cake….

  2. rikyrah says:


    For all the little Black girls who will have this on DVD:

  3. Beer chilling. Miller Lite, Dos Equis, Bud Light….

  4. rikyrah says:

    Geoff Bennett

    The American Academy of Pediatrics has released these pictures, drawn by 10 and 11-year-old children recently held in Customs and Border Protection detention centers. They depict themselves in cages. @AmerAcadPeds says it got the drawings from a social worker. h/t @gabegutierrez

    5:25 AM – Jul 3, 2019

  5. rikyrah says:

    WHY Snyder shouldn’t have been offered the job at Harvard:

    Kay says:
    July 3, 2019 at 4:30 pm
    It doesn’t have to be personal and it doesn’t even have to be ideological. Why can’t Snyder be an expert on government at Harvard? Because he poisoned a Michigan city while governor. That door should close. His opportunities are narrowed.

    It happens to lots and lots of regular people. They don’t, actually, have limitless choices. Sometimes they close a door. They fail in a job or an area or a profession and people tell them “nope, no further in this area. That’s about as far as you’re going”. It has to happen to powerful people too or accountability and merit doesn’t mean anything and it will start to show. It already shows. There are tens of thousands of things he can do for work with his resources and connections and the rest. This is not one of them

    It reallly IS that simple.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Alabama DA to drop manslaughter charge against woman whose fetus died after shooting
    Melissa Brown, Montgomery Advertiser Published 3:26 p.m. ET July 3, 201

    An Alabama district attorney will not pursue manslaughter charges against a 27-year-old whose fetus died after she was shot during a December 2018 fight.

    The decision comes after days of public outcry sparked by Marshae Jones’ arrest on June 26. A Jefferson County grand jury had indicted Jones for manslaughter after another woman, Ebony Jemison, shot Jones in December 2018, killing her fetus.

    District Attorney Lynneice Washington announced her decision at a Wednesday press conference in Bessemer, Alabama.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Well well well………

    Court Orders Release of Sealed Docs About Jeffrey Epstein’s Alleged Sex Ring
    In a blow to the billionaire pedophile and his alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell, a federal court ordered the release of sealed court records in a case brought by an alleged victim.

    Kate Briquelet
    Senior Reporter
    Updated 07.03.19 1:11PM ET

    A federal appeals court has ordered the release of sealed court records pertaining to billionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged sex ring—spelling a victory for the victims, whose lawyers said the documents will prove Epstein trafficked underage girls to his famous friends.

    On Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled certain records in a defamation lawsuit filed by accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre against Epstein’s alleged madam, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, should be made public record.

  8. Joaquin Castro smacked DOWN Laura Ingraham………..

    Laura gonna learn to stfu and stay in your lane

  9. Liza says:

    They killed the dog for no reason. Then they lied and said the dog “charged” when the dog never even had time to charge. They do this to terrorize people.

  10. Liza says:

    So long, Rick Snyder. In a just world you’d be in prison.

  11. Bro is making up Kabobs………

  12. My brother is grilling it up. 3 briskets on the grill. He’s getting ready to wrap them now. 30 jalapeño poppers are made. They’ll go the grill tomorrow. Ribs and chicken are seasoned and chilling for the grill tomorrow.

    • Liza says:

      I’m not supporting Pete Buttigieg because I believe there are better candidates.

      Perhaps that is all there is to it.

    • majiir says:

      Buttigieg has never appealed to me for some reason. I’m contributing this lack of appeal to a well-honed BS detector.

    • Ametia says:

      LOL How dare this plane, and first class at that be full of all you BLACKS!

      I hope he was sweating and shaking the whole dam trip.

  13. Ametia says:

    Word of the Day : July 3, 2019

    Sedulous: adjective SEJ-uh-lus

    1 : involving or accomplished with careful perseverance

    2 : diligent in application or pursuit

  14. Liza says:

    A lot of dogs are terrified of fireworks.

  15. Liza says:

    Look at this sh!t.

    “Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday they will retry humanitarian aid volunteer and immigration rights activist Scott Warren on two charges related to aiding migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border. This comes just a few weeks after a jury refused to convict Warren for providing water, food, clean clothes and beds to two undocumented migrants crossing the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona. Eight jurors found Warren not guilty; four said he was. Federal prosecutors will make their case against Warren again in an 8-day jury trial in November. They have dropped a conspiracy charge against him. If convicted on the two felony migrant harboring charges, Warren faces up to 10 years in prison.”

  16. Liza says:

    This right here. This really should have been enough.

  17. rikyrah says:


    Tom Joseph (@TomJChicago) Tweeted:
    1 Instead of responsible people removing Trump after his Jan 18 “physical,” a health coverup ensued. In a WH full of cowards, opportunists & enablers, no one has had the courage to act. His family, desperate & in denial, allows him to crater in public, to protect their own needs.

  18. rikyrah says:

    He is basically ‘a good boy’.
    Phuck Outta Here 😠 😠

  19. rikyrah says:

    It’s a Question No One Says They Want to Ask. But the Women Running for President Keep Hearing It.
    By Lisa Lerer
    July 3, 2019

    GREENVILLE, S.C. — Some people whisper it, some apologize for it, and some are very careful to mention their neighbors — their neighbors would be the ones to ask.

    “Do you really think a woman could be elected president?”

    In ways subtle and overt, Democrats keep hearing that same question, even days after debates where Senator Kamala Harris commanded the stage and Senator Elizabeth Warren dominated the policy discussion.

    It’s the anxiety of a party still carrying the scars of its 2016 defeat.

    “My colleagues, some have said that to me, and I just have to push back and say, ‘Wait just a minute,’” said Representative Barbara Lee, a California congresswoman, who worked as a young organizer for former Representative Shirley Chisholm’s 1972 presidential bid. “I’m just quite frankly shocked to still hear them in 2019.”


    Privately, Democratic strategists, candidates and officials say they’ve been alarmed by how deeply doubts about female electability have taken hold. In polling, interviews and focus groups, a portion of the party’s voters suggest they’re eager to see a woman on the ticket but fear that putting her in the top slot could cost them the White House — again. The question comes up frequently in early primary states, including at events organized for female voters.

    Much of the concern centers not on what Democratic voters themselves say they want but a prediction of what they believe others will support.


    In the early months of the contest to choose a candidate to unseat Mr. Trump, Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s argument that he could woo white men in the Midwest seemed to hold considerable appeal.

    “There are people who are not necessarily strong Biden people, but they think he’s the strongest candidate,” said Sara Riley, a 59-year-old lawyer from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who is a longtime supporter of Mr. Biden. “They love Senator Harris or Senator Warren, but they are concerned about whether they can win.”


    “Honestly, I love Elizabeth Warren, I just worry that we as a society are not ready for that,” said Ann Mason, 44, from Cedar Rapids, after hearing Ms. Warren and other candidates speak at a state party event last month. “This election is far too important. We just have to get Donald Trump out. From there on, I think the door is open to whoever.”

    Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii had a message for voters like Ms. Mason: “We should not do it to ourselves that a woman cannot be a president.”


    To some voters, her ability to break barriers in the past may not be enough to dispel concerns about her future.
    “I don’t think she can win. And I’m sorry to have to say that. She is a woman and she is black,” said Shantell Smith, 32, from Greenville, S.C., who is supporting Ms. Harris. “As a black woman myself, I think that as much as we would like to believe there’s been this huge shift in this country, we have seen the reality that people will fight back against change.”

    In Nashville this past weekend, at a convention of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, which Ms. Harris joined as a student at Howard, some of the attendees spoke of their pride in her run so far, praising her debate performance, but also of their concerns about electability.

    “It’s just — is she going to be able to do it?” said Kayla Wilson, who works at a nonprofit in Dallas. “I’ve been in America long enough to know that we’ve come a long way, but maybe not that far.”

    • Liza says:

      “Do you really think a woman could be elected president?”

      A woman won the popular vote in 2016. In the electoral vote, three blue states were lost by narrow margins, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

      I think a woman can win.

  20. rikyrah says:

    kristen johnston (@thekjohnston) Tweeted:
    It doesn’t feel like Democrats vs Republicans anymore. Feels a lot closer to good vs evil.

    • Liza says:

      Yeah, I keep waiting for the discussion about how terrible Trump looks and how crazy he sounds (more so than usual).

  21. rikyrah says:

    Democrats tee up another lawsuit for Trump financial documents

    Rachel Maddow describes Donald Trump’s losing court record in trying to fight Congress on access to his financial records, and even as Trump appeals those past losses, Congress has filed yet another lawsuit for access to Trump’s taxes.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Julián Castro looks to broaden campaign with post-debate bump

    Julián Castro, 2020 Democratic candidate for president, talks with Rachel Maddow about his plans to use the post-debate boost in his public profile and fundraising to strengthen his campaign to avoid becoming a flash-in-the-pan candidate.

    Castro calls on career officials to resist Trump cruelty policy

    Julián Castro, 2020 Democratic candidate for president, talks with Rachel Maddow about how to fight back against Donald Trump’s deliberately cruel immigration policy without providing Trump a platform to grandstand to his base.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Public pressure on border officials grows as Trump stokes cruelty

    Rachel Maddow reports on a new inspector general report exposing inhuman conditions at border detention facilities, and the mounting outrage among Americans as new cruelties are revealed daily, a dynamic Donald Trump welcomes and encourages as a means of agitating his base of supporters.

  24. rikyrah says:

    Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) Tweeted:
    Racism isn’t the correct answer to every question but caging brown people indefinitely for having violated no law and then pretending you’re treating them super well is peak white supremacy.

  25. rikyrah says:

    Da phuq 😡 😡

    Abraham Gutman 🔥 (@abgutman) Tweeted:
    A NJ judge in the trial of a rape of a 12 year old: “the victim did not suffer any physical or emotional injuries as a result, other than the ramifications of losing her virginity, which the court does not find to be especially serious harm in this case.”

  26. rikyrah says:

    Glad someone else has noticed this too 😒😒😒

    FedUp_Mom (@Fedup_Mom) Tweeted:
    I’m old enough to remember when every week the media was asking “is this Obama’s Katrina”? on matters that had NO comparison to Katrina. What’s happening at the border is another Katrina, but the media seems curiously reluctant to make the apt comparison.

  27. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

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