A federal audit reveals the Trump administration separated thousands more families and children than it has previously acknowledged.
“More children over a longer period of time” were separated at the border than previously revealed, a DHS Inspector General investigator told reporters Thursday, Politico reports. “How many more children were separated is unknown, by us and HHS.”
The report finds that the Trump administration began separating children from their parents and from their own siblings in 2017, before the “zero-tolerance” policy, started under then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, was publicly announced in 2018. Those separations were made as a “trial balloon.”
The report states that the “total number of children separated from a parent or guardian by immigration authorities is unknown,” and “HHS has thus far identified 2,737 children in its care at that time who were separated from their parents. However, thousands of children may have been separated during an influx that began in 2017, before the accounting required by the Court, and HHS has faced challenges in identifying separated children.”
In June of 2018 a court ordered the Dept. of Health and Human Services to reunite about 2500 children with their families, but that number did not include the 2017 separations.
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US State Dept. Official Is a White Nationalist Activist and Wants ‘A Country of Our Own With Nukes’: Report
A current U.S. State Dept. official is a self-avowed white nationalist and wants a nuclear-armed country just for white people, according to a just-released report from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
“The official, Matthew Q. Gebert, works as a foreign affairs officer assigned to the Bureau of Energy Resources, a State Department spokesperson told Hatewatch. Online,” the SPLC’s news outlet, “and in private correspondences with other white nationalists, Gebert uses ‘Coach Finstock’ as a pseudonym. Through that alias, he expressed a desire to build a country for whites only.”
White people “need a country of our own with nukes, and we will retake this thing lickety split,” “Coach Finstock” said in a a white nationalist podcast called “The Fatherland.”
“That’s all that we need. We need a country founded for white people with a nuclear deterrent. And you watch how the world trembles.”
“There are bigger things than a career and a paycheck, and I don’t want to lose mine,” Gebert said as “Coach Finstock” on an episode of “The Fatherland” recorded in August 2017, referring to his commitment to white nationalism. “I am prepared to lose mine. Because this is the most important thing to me in my life … in tandem with my family, of course.”
The SPLC’s online report is nearly 6000 words long and offers many more chilling details. You can read it here.
Trans Woman Beaten in ICE Custody Got No Medical Treatment Until She Was Hospitalized – She Died of Dehydration
A transgender woman who was in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for nine days died of untreated dehydration. Her symptoms apparently were ignored until she was “emergently hospitalized.”
Roxsana Hernández Rodriguez, a Honduran woman fleeing gang violence and gang rape was seeking asylum in the U.S. She was 33 years old. She was held at a privately operated detention center, and “was likely physically abused there,” according to the autopsy report released Monday, The Daily Beast reports.
The private prison facility at the Cibola County Correctional Center in New Mexico is operated by CoreCivic, the second-largest private prison company in the U.S. CoreCivic, co-founded by a former GOP chairman, operates more than 65 facilities and has come under fire for poor staffing and extensive lobbying efforts.
“There she developed severe diarrhea and vomiting over the course of several days,” the autopsy states, “and finally was emergently hospitalized, then transported to Lovelace Medical Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she remained critically ill until her death.”
“According to observations of other detainees who were with Ms. Hernández Rodriguez, the diarrhea and vomiting episodes persisted over multiple days with no medical evaluation or treatment, until she was gravely ill,” forensic pathologist Kris Sperry wrote.
The autopsy “also found evidence of physical abuse, with ‘deep bruising’ on her hands and abdomen, evidence of blunt-force trauma ‘indicative of blows, and/or kicks, and possible strikes with blunt object.’ An accompanying diagram illustrated long, thin bruises along Hernández Rodriguez’s back and sides, as well as extensive hemorrhaging on Hernández Rodriguez’s right and left wrists, which Dr. Sperry found were ‘typical of handcuff injuries.'”
Hernández Rodriguez had told Buzzfeed, months before her death, “she was walking home when MS-13 gang members started screaming ‘We don’t want you in this neighborhood, you fucking faggot’ at her before gang-raping her.”
“Four of them raped me and as a result I got HIV,” Hernandez told BuzzFeed News. “Trans people in my neighborhood are killed and chopped into pieces, then dumped inside potato bags.”
In June the Center for American Progress reported CoreCivic had donated $250,000 to President Trump’s inauguration.
Kansas City Health Department pours bleach on food intended for homeless
Free Hot Soup For Kansas City has offered up meals for the homeless for years, but Health Department officials ruined food intended for homeless people by pouring bleach on it last week.
“Officers and health inspectors demanded we destroy our food and we were violating health code violations by sharing meals with our friends,” said Nellie McCool, one of the operators of Free Hot Soup For Kansas City, to KHSB-TV, channel 41 in Kansas City.
Health officials shot back, claiming the group was not following the law, and lacked a permit to serve the homeless.
“They were notified back in a meeting in September that they needed to get a permit and they just outright said they refused to do that,” said Dr. Rex Archer to KHSB-TV. Archer is the Director Of Health in Kansas City.
McCool claims she has never heard from the Health Department.
Officials also claimed the room was not being handled appropriately and could cause a health risk by being prepared in homes instead of approved facilities.
“Preparing food in all these individuals homes when people haven’t been trained, prepare food safely,” said Archer. “Then, they are taking it and transporting it in trunks of cars when it’s cool. It’s supposed to be warm food but they have no insulation or a way to keep the food warm.”
Organizers will continue to serve homeless people in Kansas City regardless of the Health Department’s actions, while the health department intends to meet with the group to make sure they are in compliance.
Homelessness continues to be a growing problem in the united states. According to the Department of Housing and Urban, or 0.17% of the population.
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