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WASHINGTON -- Immigrant children as young as 14 housed at a juvenile detention center in Virginia say they were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete cells. The abuse claims against the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center near Staunton, Virginia, are detailed in federal court filings that include a half-dozen sworn statements from Latino teens jailed there for months or years. Multiple detainees say the guards stripped them of their clothes and strapped them to chairs with bags placed over their heads.
"Whenever they used to restrain me and put me in the chair, they would handcuff me," said a Honduran immigrant who was sent to the facility when he was 15 years old. "Strapped me down all the way, from your feet all the way to your chest, you couldn't really move. ... They have total control over you. They also put a bag over your head. It has little holes; you can see through it. But you feel suffocated with the bag on
originally posted by: 14377
The hypocrisy of those people knows no bounds. They will gladly champion a cause while ignoring their past transgressions in order to advance their political agendas .
originally posted by: 14377
a reply to: howtonhawky
A separate lawsuit was filed in 2016. Those allegations are from 2015 . I'm inclined to believe if it still happened under the Trump administration it would be front-page news .
(WASHINGTON)--Following President Obama's remarks on immigration today, the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), the nation's largest immigrant rights coalition, released the following statement on behalf of spokesperson Kica Matos:
"This week alone, hundreds if not thousands of children will lose parents to our broken immigration system, which causes needless family separations every day. A recent report noted that more than 72,000 children lost parents to deportations in 2013 alone. Against that backdrop, President Obama and his Administration would do well in moving to provide relief to immigrant families who would otherwise live in fear of separation.
At the same time, there was a rapid increase in the number of parents arriving with young children. In fact, nearly as many family units (68,445) were apprehended at the border in fiscal year 2014 as unaccompanied children — over three times as many families as were apprehended the previous year. Both of these influxes were concentrated in the Rio Grande Valley on the Texas/Mexico border.
This overwhelmed the systems the US had in place to deal with migrant children, to the point where Border Patrol had to keep children in temporary facilities on military bases. That was enough to capture the attention of the American public, which for much of summer 2014 was concerned with stopping the "border crisis."
My point is that Obama is also to blame. Yet once again all the anger is only directed at Trump. Do you think that's fair ?