Migrant children detention skyrocket under Trump.
And this despite an earlier assertion by Trump that this policy would stop.
Instead the number of detained migrant children has reached the highest level ever.
The New York Times reports:
“Population levels at federally contracted shelters for migrant children have quietly shot up more than fivefold since last summer… reaching a total of 12,800 this month.
“There were 2,400 such children in custody in May 2017.
“The huge increases, which have placed the federal shelter system near capacity, are due not to an influx of children entering the country, but a reduction in the number being released to live with families and other sponsors.”
It clearly proves – Trump’s assertion to the contrary – that tthe policy of re-uniting these children is a sham.
The situation has reached the critical point.
A Texas facility once deemed temporary is expanding.
Migrant Children Detention Skyrocket
It was set up in June to house 1,200 migrant children.
But now it has expanded to house 3,800 children.
The truth is that many of these facilities are a haven for child predators.
“Pulled from police reports, the ProPublica report provide a snapshot of what has largely been kept from the public as well as members of Congress — a view, uncolored by politics, of troubling incidents inside the facilities housing immigrant children” Cool Conversations noted earlier.
“If you’re a predator, it’s a gold mine,” says Lisa Fortuna.
She is the director of child and adolescent psychiatry at Boston Medical Center.
“You have full access and then you have kids that have already had this history of being victimized.”
While not a comprehensive assessment of the conditions at these shelters, the records challenge the Trump administration’s assertion that the shelters are safe havens for children.
And so despite public comments to the contrary by Trump the migrant children detainees are a blight on America.
And that will not change.
One major reason being that private companies make big bucks keeping the kids in detainment camps.