Will the Partisan Press condemn the detention center the way that they did under the Trump administration?
Not very likely.
Heck, it’s not even being called a “detention center” anymore. It’s now “an overflow facility for unaccompanied migrant children.”
Under Trump: Kids in cages
Under Biden: Overflow facility for unaccompanied migrant children https://t.co/CtXhH5hLX4
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) February 3, 2021
It turns out that the facility reported on was being reopened by the Biden administration…
…is actually one that was closed under the Trump administration.
The Biden administration plans to reopen a facility to house unaccompanied migrant teens that the Trump administration closed. The facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas can house up to 700 children at a time. Officials are bracing for a possible surge in attempted border crossings. It is not clear if the media will criticize Biden as they did Trump.
Back in 2019, The Guardian reported on the closure of Carrizo Springs and it’s quite enlightening.
Carrizo Springs opened at the site of a former oil field camp and was supposed to help HHS take in children who were otherwise detained by the US border patrol in sometimes squalid conditions.
But the facility opened just as border crossings have fallen, after crackdowns by the US and Mexico on migrants traveling through Mexico and applying for asylum in the US. HHS has also sped up its processing of legal cases, in order to release children from detention faster, so they can join sponsoring families in the US while their cases proceed through the immigration system.
Sounds like the Trump administration was doing a good thing by reducing the number of “kids in cages”, no?
At the time, Amnesty International’s Refugee and Migrant Rights researcher was praising the closure while taking a swipe at the Trump administration’s policies.
News of the closure was welcomed on Tuesday by Amnesty International USA, which believes the border crisis has been “manufactured” by the Trump administration and that detention facilities should be shut down and only utilized as the last resort.
“The closure of the Carrizo Springs facility makes clear the crisis is of the government’s own making. These temporary emergency facilities arose because of the government’s deliberate policy to punish children, resulting in the prolonged and indefinite detention of thousands of children,” said Denise Bell, researcher for refugee and migrant rights with the organization.
She added: “Temporary emergency shelters are never a home for children, and Carrizo and other detention facilities like it only demonstrate that these disastrous policies only endanger children and are never, ever in the best interests of the child.”
Source: The Guardian
So… does this mean that the reopening of the “overflow facility for unaccompanied minors” is a “crisis of the government’s own making”?
Asking for our friends in the media who probably aren’t clear on how to handle this story because reporting the facts isn’t convenient right now.
Cross-posted with Clash Daily
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