Where are the immigrant teens? There’s so much wrong going on with this Administration, it’s hard to pick a story. But, this one stood out because I don’t see it going around MSM. Remember this, they haven’t earned the benefit of the doubt. Your mind, when thinking about what could be happening, should go to the worst possible situation. Not only is it probably true, but, it keeps an air of reality about this Administration. This Administration which has been stealing people’s children. We’ve been thinking about the migrants at the border, and the pain and horror inflicted upon those children, some winding up dead. Others winding up ‘ lost’.
How do you lose children?
How does my cleaners have a better tracking system of my clothes, than the U.S. Government does for migrant children?
So now, according to this article, we need to be worried about immigrant teens inside of the United States that have been taken by ICE, which is up to no good.
Secret and unaccountable’: Where some immigrant teens are being taken by ICE
By Blake Ellis and Melanie Hicken, CNN
Updated 6:12 AM ET, Thu October 24, 2019
(CNN)Angelina Godoy started digging for answers more than a year ago.
The human rights researcher had heard that ICE agents occasionally swept up migrant kids and locked them up in juvenile detention facilities, but she had no idea why.
One of the places ICE supposedly housed these young people, Godoy learned, was a few hours from her home in Seattle. She searched online for information about the detentions, but couldn’t find anything that explained what was going on. She then filed a series of public records requests with officials at the juvenile detention center closest to her, hoping they could shed light on what ICE was doing and why these minors were being held in places run more like jails than the shelters most migrant children end up in when they are detained. She had specifically requested detailed detainee files, with names and personal information redacted, and the facility was ready to share them with her.
But what happened next stunned her: ICE blocked the facility from sharing the records and the federal government even went to court to keep the information secret.
Unbeknownst to Godoy, she had stumbled upon an obscure pocket of the immigration system, where little is known, and little is divulged.
For more than a decade, ICE has been taking a small number of immigrant teens it deems to be dangerous far from their families and detaining them for months at a time.
For immigration attorneys and human rights experts such as Godoy, the practice is alarming.
“I may not object to the fact they are being held,” said Godoy, director of the Center for Human Rights at the University of Washington. “But I object to the fact that nobody can even know who they are (and) why.”
Public attention has primarily focused on the treatment of children who recently crossed the border illegally on their own or with their parents. These kids are usually held in Border Patrol camps, family shelters overseen by ICE or on their own in facilities run by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) for so-called “unaccompanied” children, after arriving without any parents or being separated from them.
Immigrant youth — regardless of their residency status — are supposed to receive a number of legal protections when detained. Yet more than a dozen immigration attorneys describe the agency’s detention of minors as a black hole with little oversight or easy access to lawyers who can help them navigate complicated immigration law.
The places these youth are held don’t appear on ICE’s online map of detention centers. The agency doesn’t make its reports about the conditions of the facilities available like it does for others. And family members can’t find their loved ones using the federal government’s official detainee locator since it only provides information on adults.
Snatching up children- that’s what they are if they’re not adults. And, we don’t know where they’re being taken…or, have a list of facilities where they could be?
This is outrageous and but another part of the nightmare immigration policy of this Administration. The damage being done to these children. How terrified they must be. What hell they must be experiencing at the hands of ICE.