immigrants

  • 'Morning Joe' Mika Brzezinski slams Ivanka, Melania Trump over conditions of migrant children's detention centers: 'This is not being best'

    "Morning Joe" co-host, Mika Brzezinski, said on Wednesday that Ivanka and Melania Trump "will go down in history as having done nothing" for migrant children currently being held in detention centers in the U.S.

  • Children Are Being Held Without Soap, Toothpaste & Diapers In Overcrowded Detention Centers

    A video of a Department of Justice lawyer has gone viral and is being shared by activists, journalists, and celebrities including Ashley Graham, Chelsea Peretti, and Chris Evans as it quickly gains tens of thousands of views. Why? Because it is striking a chord with anyone and everyone concerned about the treatment of immigrants by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. government.As hundreds of children are held for weeks on end in detention centers that experts are calling concentration camps without soap, beds, or toothbrushes, the video captures a lawyer for the Justice Department arguing in federal court whether being able to sleep and stay clean falls under the purview of “safe and sanitary.”On Tuesday, June 18, the U.S. government attempted to argue that providing detainees with no more than a Mylar blanket and a concrete floor is not in violation of their human rights or the Flores Settlement Agreement. As part of the original Flores Settlement Agreement from 1997, minors cannot be detained for more than 20 days, a clause which has not been upheld by the current administration.The government’s argument was met with unfiltered shock from Ninth Circuit Court judges to whom the case was being made. “It’s within everyone’s common understanding, that if you don’t have a toothbrush, if you don’t have soap, if you don’t have a blanket, it’s not safe and sanitary,” said U.S. Circuit Judge A. Wallace Tashima, addressing Justice Department lawyer Sarah Fabian. “Wouldn’t everybody agree with that? Do you agree with that?” The full, hour-long video is quickly gaining views on YouTube.> A Trump official tried to argue that detained children don’t need soap, toothbrushes, or beds to be ‘safe and sanitary’ while in Border Patrol custody pic.twitter.com/sRFPZsDbwy> > — NowThis (@nowthisnews) June 21, 2019While the government argues definitions of “safe” and “sanitary” for children, new reports from the New York Times and the New Yorker emerged the same week that minors are being detained and subjected to inhumane conditions. Lawyers visiting one of the facilities in Clint, TX, described a horrific scene to the NYT where minors as young as seven and eight are being asked to care for infants, toddlers without diapers soil themselves, and children who are not allowed to bathe since their detainment weeks prior.Elora Mukherjee, director of the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at Columbia Law School and one of only a handful of lawyers allowed to see border detention facilities firsthand, described a dire environment. “The children are locked in their cells and cages nearly all day long,” Mukherjee told the NYT. “A few of the kids said they had some opportunities to go outside and play, but they said they can’t bring themselves to play because they are trying to stay alive in there.”Human rights and advocacy organizations fighting for the rights and reunification of migrant people are reporting that the lack of access to basic toiletries is increasing the health risks of people being detained and the likelihood of disease outbreaks.Willamette University law professor Warren Binford was among the lawyers allowed to enter the Clint detention center. In an interview with the New Yorker, he recounted stories from children they interviewed about a 17-year-old detainee who was made an unofficial guard in one of the rooms. He would supervise the other kids in the room and encourage them to keep the room clean. In exchange, they would reward him with extra food. “When a seven-year-old saw that this older boy was getting extra food by being helpful, he asked if he could help clean up the room and keep it neat so that he, too, could get extra food,” Binford explained. The 17-year-old reprimanded the child and when the child’s older brother stood up for him, both were punished by the guard. “And so you’ve got a guard who is manipulating these kids, very similar to what we heard about in the concentration camps.”Since last year, at least seven children have reportedly died in immigration detention centers after almost a decade in which there were no reported deaths in U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody, according to NBC News. Last year, a federal judge in California rejected the Justice Department’s attempt to amend the Flores Settlement Agreement to hold children for longer periods. Warnings of “dangerous overcrowding” have been sounded for months.In response to reports that ICE will be conducting raids targeting immigrant families in major U.S. cities, Reps. Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley issued a joint statement that they would not fund another dollar of the proposed emergency supplemental border bill that would give $1.2 billion to CBP and $128 million to ICE. “The Trump administration would rather criminalize immigrants, separate families, and detain refugees than practice empathy and compassion. Recent reports of a massive deportation operation, targeting thousands of immigrant families in major cities across the country are further evidence that this president will stop at nothing in order to carry out his hateful agenda,” they said.The numerous organizations and advocacy groups fighting for the rights and reunification of migrant children and their families have renewed their calls for donations and assistance, including family reunification once detainees are released from custody.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?E. Jean Carroll Is Just One Of 20+ Women Who Have Accused Donald Trump Of Sexual Assault & MisconductWho Is Running For President In 2020?A Woman "In Fear For Her Life" Turned Her Husband's Guns In. Then She Was Arrested.

  • Loved ones can't wait to bring 103-year-old 'to the polls for the first time' after she is granted U.S. citizenship

    “She's definitely setting an example that no matter how old you are, you can accomplish your goals, your dreams, your vision,” said the woman's great-grandnephew.

  • High school graduate reunites with deported dad at U.S.-Mexico border in emotional video

    The student wore her cap and gown so her dad wouldn't miss out on her graduation.

  • High school senior detained by Border Patrol and now students are protesting

    More than 100 students left school and marched to the county sheriff's office demanding their classmate's release.

  • Judge accused of helping undocumented immigrant avoid ICE arrest

    Newton District Court Judge Shelley Richmond Joseph is accused of helping an undocumented immigrant escape through a courthouse rear exit.

  • How Romanian-born founder of Anastasia Beverly Hills transformed the U.S. brow market: ‘Nobody paid attention to eyebrows’

    Anastasia Soare fled Communist Romania for America, where she launched an eyebrow-shaping business, becoming one of the wealthiest self-made entrepreneurs in the U.S.

  • Beto O'Rourke shares video from dentist appointment to discuss the border: 'Boundaries, Beto, boundaries'

    The former Texas congressman continued his series about life at the border with his dental hygienist.

  • Watch the emotional reunion between a Honduran father held in detention for 5 months and his family

    After five months in deportation facilities, a Honduran father was reunited with his family, and the heartwarming moment was captured on video. 

  • Social media calls out Ivanka Trump for photo of son on fishing trip: 'Your father tear-gassed kids your son's age today'

    Ivanka Trump's happy photo of her son was recast as insensitive after migrants, including young children, were tear-gassed at the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • Doctor says tear gas used at the border can cause permanent skin burns and breathing trouble in kids: 'It is absolutely horrific'

    Authorities reportedly used tear gas at the U.S.-Mexico border this week, some of which affected young children. A doctor explains why this is so dangerous.

  • Refugee children who fled violence in Eritrea dance in snow for the 1st time

    "Amazing — now convince them that shoveling is fun and you're all set," Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted.

  • Viral video shows woman standing up to shopper's 'racist' verbal attack against two Mexican immigrants

    In a now viral video, Kamira Trent defends two fellow shoppers who were being lectured by another woman for speaking to each other in Spanish.

  • Meet the new president of Planned Parenthood — an ER doctor and immigrant who sued Donald Trump

    As Planned Parenthood names her its new president, here's a few things about Dr. Leana Wen that you need to know.

  • Goodbye to "Good Hair": How I Learned to Love My Natural Texture After Moving to America

    First-generation immigrant Elaine Musiwa explores her experience with, and ultimate rejection of, an oppressive American hair standard.

  • This Lipstick Brand Has Donated Over $100,000 To Help Reunite Migrant Families

    Katie Sones, the founder of Lipslut, was moved to find a way to help those Americans affected by President Trump's zero-tolerance immigration policy.

  • Paris Hilton has some harsh words for President Trump on immigration policy

    "He better help [the immigrants] because this is not right what they're doing to these children and their families," Hilton said of Trump's executive order. "He better keep his promise because this is inhumane. No child should be treated this way."

  • Donald Trump Jr.'s daughter, 4, is being targeted on Twitter: 'We're coming for Chloe, too'

    After actor Peter Fonda suggested that President Donald Trump's youngest son should be separated from his mother, Donald Trump Jr.'s 4-year-old daughter has been met with a similarly intimidating tweet.

  • Apparently Melania Trump and her husband actually have private conversations

    The first lady is trying to influence President Donald Trump's policy decisions in private.

  • Kindhearted man buys pizzas for 54 immigrants found in a truck

    “They’re here for a better life, to work."