New legal filings show immigrant children in U.S. custody are subdued with powerful psychiatric drugs.
Taxpayers have paid more than $1.5 billion to private companies operating shelters accused of serious lapses in care, including neglect and abuse.
Two teens fleeing violence in war-torn countries sought asylum in the U.S. A Texas dentist’s report helped ICE send them to adult detention centers.
ICE’s handbook says agents can order exams of immigrant kids to determine age “as a last resort.” That rule isn’t always followed, advocates say.
Taxpayers are paying $438,000 each year for an Arizona city to be the middleman between ICE and a Texas private prison for detainees.
Jane Doe said in a statement: “People I don’t even know are trying to make me change my mind. I made my decision and that is between me and God.”
“There are no winners in cases like these. But there sure are losers,” writes a dissenting judge on the panel.
If the teenage refugee wants to end her pregnancy, the government argues, she need only drop her immigration case and return home.
The ruling is the first test of a Trump administration policy of denying abortion access for immigrant minors in federally funded shelters.
“We are providing excellent care to the adolescent girl and her unborn child, who remain under our care until the mother’s release.”
The Office of Refugee Resettlement’s director reminded his staff that “the unborn child is a child in our care” and to make decisions accordingly.