U.S. Ejected 8,800 Unaccompanied Migrant Kids, Ignoring Precautions Against Child Trafficking

Written by on September 13, 2020

Trump administration officers ejected practically 9,000 unaccompanied migrant youngsters from the U.S. with out court docket hearings — taking no precautions to guard them from traffickers.

Border Patrol Deputy Chief Raoul Ortiz revealed in a court docket declaration Friday that 8,800 unaccompanied minors have ben kicked overseas since March 20 due to COVID-19 well being restrictions, CBS Information was the primary to report.

Division of Homeland Safety officers have suspended humanitarian protections for many migrants crossing the border, claiming that public well being regulation takes priority over asylum, immigration and anti-trafficking safeguards throughout a pandemic, based on CBS.

Earlier than the mass expulsions, unaccompanied youngsters had been despatched to the U.S. refugee company, which is required below a 2008 anti-trafficking regulation. However compliance with the regulation has been suspended.

Mockingly, President Donald Trump has boasted that his administration is placing “unprecedented strain on intercourse traffickers at residence and overseas. My administration is combating these monsters … We’ve had an amazing monitor document,” he bragged In January, lower than two months earlier than his officers merely despatched away hundreds of unaccompanied migrant youngsters.

The variety of ejected minors was revealed in a court docket case difficult the federal government’s present secret use of accommodations to briefly home youngsters, who’re guarded by contractors untrained to take care of them.

Final week, U.S. District Decide Dolly M. Gee dominated that detaining the kids in resort was unsafe and did not “adequately account for the vulnerability of unaccompanied minors in detention.” She ordered the federal government to cease the follow by September 15.

However Trump administration attorneys have argued that the accommodations are wanted as a result of division amenities are already overcrowded and extra youngsters will enhance the danger of COVID-19. They’re asking California’s ninth Circuit Courtroom of Appeals to dam Gee’s order.

“The numbers are gorgeous,” Lindsay Toczylowski, the chief director of the Immigrant Defenders Legislation Heart, advised CBS Information. “To seek out out that our authorities has actually taken youngsters who’re searching for safety and despatched them again to the very locations they fled in such excessive numbers actually took my breath away.”

Along with the kids ejected from the U.S., some 7,600 members of migrant households with youngsters have additionally been compelled again over the U.S.-Mexico border because the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention issued a public well being order authorizing the motion in March. A complete of greater than 159,000 expulsions have been carried out because the historic restrictions. 

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