By Breitbart News
The Department of Health and Human Services hosted Breitbart News and other media on a tour of a facility in El Cajon, California, on Friday where migrant children are being sheltered after being separated from their parents.
The children are separated from their parents — or, to be precise, from the adults accompanying them, who may or may not be their parents — when their parents cross the southern U.S. border illegally and are caught and detained.
Previously, under the “catch-and-release” policy, the adults would be released. Under the “zero tolerance” policy of the Trump administration, the adults are being detained and prosecuted. Children cannot be incarcerated with them.
However, families that arrive together at legal ports of entry and apply for asylum status are generally not split up and are permitted to stay in the U.S. pending the adjudication of their applications (which can take several years).
Democrats and the mainstream media have accused the administration of separating the children of “immigrants” from their parents and imprisoning them in “cages.” On Thursday, CNN analyst and Playboy reporter Brian Karem shouted at White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders: “These people have nothing. They come to the border with nothing and you throw children in cages.” None of the reporters in the briefing room corrected him.
The facility at El Cajon, however, is not a “cage.” It is a comfortable facility providing lodging, meals, clothing, medical care, education, recreation, counseling, and other services.
It is run by a nonprofit organization called Southwest Key as part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) Program, run by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in the Administration for Children and Familes (ACF).
The facility is located on a main street in a quiet, suburban neighborhood. It has 65 beds, occupied by boys ages 6 to 17. The rooms are spare, with three to four beds in each; the boys are responsible for cleaning the rooms and making their own beds. There is an outdoor recreation area with picnic tables and a small soccer pitch.
There is a classroom area, and English lessons. The goal is “reunification”: letting each child depart with a legal guardian.
Some 90% of the children at the shelter arrived at the border without adults; the other 10% were separated from the adults accompanying them. Once the children arrive — usually brought by U.S. Border Patrol agents — they are greeted in the “intake” office, where they receive any urgent medical care, are assigned a case worker, and are given food, a shower, and new clothing. They are also given toiletries and lessons in hygiene — literally how to flush a toilet, brush their teeth, and operate the shower, which some of the children may have never seen in their lives.
The children receive six hours of education daily, which include lessons in English and physical education. The boys interact with girls who are housed offsite and brought to the shelter during the day to access its services.
They have limited access to telephones to call relatives, both in the U.S. and abroad. They receive therapy, both as individuals and in group sessions. They enjoy field trips to local museums, parks, and the zoo, where they can explore the city beyond the shelter. And they also have social activities, including a recent “prom” for which they dressed up.
“Cages,” these are not. What is immediately striking about the facility is the enthusiasm and care of the staff who work there. One administrator greeted the journalists on the tour: “Welcome to our home.” The children at the facility seemed genuinely happy, despite their unfortunate circumstances and the trauma of their long journey.
The real scandal is how the media have portrayed the shelters. When MSNBC’s Jacob Soboroff toured a similar facility this week in Brownsville, Texas, for example, he referred to the children there as being “incarcerated,” which is only true in the same sense that hospital patients, too, are not permitted to leave, for their safety. (One official who had seen Soboroff’s televised report accused him of “flat-out lying” about the facility — such as, for example, reporting on a mural of Donald Trump without noting 19 other presidents were similarly depicted.)
Southwest Key has operated its facilities — 27 in total, across California, Arizona, and Texas — since 1997, when the U.S. Supreme Court decided in Flores v. Reno that unaccompanied illegal alien minors could not be held in detention facilities. This is not a new problem, even though it took Trump to make the media realize it existed.
Update: HSS provided a video of the visit:
By Joel B. Pollak
Beltway pundits who dislike President Donald Trump seem to agree that the Holocaust is now fair game when it comes to attacking the administration’s immigration policies.
On Friday, left-wing hosts on MSNBC, such as Joe Scarborough, compared U.S. Border Patrol agents to “Nazis.” The White House objected, but others continued.
Former Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele referred to the facilities used to detain and shelter illegal alien children as “concentration camps for kids” and warned that the Trump administration could target the children of U.S. citizens as well.
It was not the first time Steele has abused the Holocaust: in 2006, as lieutenant governor of Maryland, he had to apologize for comparing stem cell research to Nazi experiments on humans.
Over the weekend, retired General Michael Hayden, who served as Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) chief in the Bush administration, and as National Security Agency (NSA) chief in both the Clinton and Bush administrations, tweeted an image of the death camp of Birkenau as a comment on Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy toward illegal immigration, which often results in the children of arrested migrants being held separately and sent to shelters.
Hayden was hailed by Trump’s critics — but criticized by other observers, such as Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz, who called his tweet “a form of Holocaust denial.”
Hayden tried to defend his use of the image on CNN on Monday morning, saying he wanted to “grab people’s attention.” He apologized, somewhat: “If I overachieved [sic] by comparing it to Birkenau, I apologize to anyone who may have felt offended,” he told CNN.
The Holocaust analogy is deeply offensive to Jews, six million of whom were murdered by the Nazis merely for being Jews. They had not crossed an international border illegally; in many cases they were patriotic citizens of Germany and other nations that collaborated in their murder.
When the U.S. Border Patrol separates children from parents who are arrested, it is to protect the children, and help them, with the intention of reuniting them with their families. When the guards at death camps like Birkenau separated children, it was to lead them to the gas chambers.
Citing atrocity, falsely, not only makes civil debate impossible, but insults Jews and others who have been the real victims of historic injustice.
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By Rick Wells
Judicial Watch’s Chris Farrell says the IG report on FBI malfeasance in the sham Clinton Probe shows Obama was running the covert operation from the White House…
In welcoming Chris Farrell of Judicial Watch to his program, Lou Dobbs makes what may be his most understated observation of the year, that President Trump “has been very constrained with this Justice Department and FBI,” asking for his opinion on the President’s comments as to whether or not Comey should be locked up. Of course there’s no reason to stop with Comey or to exclude present DOJ and FBI leadership.
Trump doesn’t want to tie his own hands by calling for Comey to be locked up, but certainly he’s labeling him a criminal, which the content of the IG report reinforces. Farrell notes that the report itself contains useful information as to the nature of some of the improprieties, illegalities and potential illegalities that occurred. He says, “It’s weak, it loses its horsepower when it comes to recommendations. It’s a standard IG cover up document from that perspective, it’s not hard-hitting.”
Dobbs interrupts to give credit to Farrell as the only one of his many guests who correctly predicted the watered-down product that would be the result of this process, noting his earlier statements that “the Inspector General’s office is where truth goes to die.” Farrell describes IGs as being universally, “departments of cover ups, that’s what they do.”
Farrell references “Incredible commentary from Lisa Page asserting that everything that they were doing was being coordinated or is being briefed to the ‘president,’ meaning Mr. Obama. So this reaches back into the Obama White House, without any doubt or any sort of waffling. The Obama White House owns this, this is their activity. These crooked, dirty FBI agents and attorneys were coordinating their operations with the Obama White House.”
Farrell also notes what he calls a “startling admission by the character who is named as attorney number 2, where he says that there are legal documents with his name all over it…investigating President Trump’s staff” written the day after the election.
Farrell says, “This is a stop the presses moment. We’ve got the ‘president’ of the United States, Obama, wrapped up in this investigation, according to Lisa Page, and you have an FBI attorney talking about how he was investigating the president’s staff the day after the election.”
Far-left taking fake news to another level
JUNE 16, 2018
As we told you earlier, Joe Scarborough doubled down on comparing the Trump administration’s border policies to the Nazis, but Scarborough’s not the only person on MSNBC making that similar allegation:
The two people accusing the Trump administration of running concentration camps for kids at the border were former Obama 2012 campaign staffer Stephanie Cutter and ex-RNC chairman Michael Steele.
And Trump’s first term isn’t even half over. Just imagine where the rhetoric might be headed.
By Dan Lyman
A new Eurobarometer poll conducted for the European Commission reveals that immigration and terrorism are the overwhelming top concerns across the bloc.
Respondents in 21 out of 28 EU member states ranked immigration as the number one issue, and the subject received the highest overall mentions (38%) followed by terrorism (29%).
Estonians are most concerned with immigration (62%) followed by Czechs (58%) and Hungarians (56%).
Six remaining member states ranked immigration in second place, with Portugal providing the only aberration, where it was the fifth most important issue.
Terrorism – which can often be linked to immigration – was the most important issue in seven nations.
Interestingly, in Sweden, where lax border controls and an open door to migrants have lead to a stunning surge in sex crimes, violence and no-go zones, ‘climate change’ was the biggest concern for 29% of respondents – the highest in the EU.
Results of the Eurobarometer poll track closely with those of a YouGov survey conducted in 11 European countries in April.
As Infowars Europe reported, immigration was the primary concern in nine countries and second most important in two more, and terrorism ranked first or second in nine of those nations, as well.
In a 2017 study conducted by Chatham House, the think tank made similar discoveries with a comparable sampling of over 10,000 Europeans, finding that “across all 10 of the European countries an average of 55% agreed that all further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped, 25% neither agreed nor disagreed and 20% disagreed.”
Immigration concerns have most recently engulfed Germany, where Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s reign teeters on the brink.