“I felt like a prisoner,” said nine-year-old Diogo. “They told us to behave, or we’d be there forever,” said eight-year-old Sandy. “I don’t want to remember,” ten-year-old Diego plainly stated. For weeks, officials barred elected leaders and media from speaking to detained migrant children separated from parents at the border. But now that some of these children have been reunited with parents and are free, they are speaking out to The Washington Post about their traumatizing experience. For some of the group, it was the first time they’d said anything about the weeks, sometimes months they spent in Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) custody. ”Parents sometimes learned the details of their kids’ time in custody by listening to them talk to The Post.” The rules were strict. At Southwest Key Combes in Texas, where Sandy was held, there was to be “no touching”—even if it’s your sibling—“no talking to boys, lights on at 6:30 AM, lights out at 8 PM.” Twelve-year-old Leticia, according to the New York Times, was being detained in Texas and “had hoped to give her little brother a reassuring hug. But ‘they told me I couldn’t touch him,’ she recalled.” At Heartland Alliance’s Casa Guadalupe in Illinois, some children, aside from attending class, ”were assigned cleaning duties,” and “in addition to washing dishes and helping serve food, they had to scrub the bathroom at least twice a week.” But Diego complained that “they didn’t even give us gloves to clean the toilet.” Nine-year-old Leidy said “they would look over everything in your room, and if it wasn’t perfectly clean, they’d take away your blankets.” “Some of the shelter employees were nice,” Sandy recalled, but other described frightening experiences. Both Diego and Diogo said that during classes, “a troubled” 5-year-old boy was “repeatedly injected with something that made him fall asleep at his desk. The boy’s father had been deported, Diego said, and he often melted down during the daily classes.” Diego said that he “was very scared. I thought they were going to inject me, too.” The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which has been one of the leaders in the family reunification fight, has asked Judge Dana Sabraw, who ordered the administration to reunite families, to also order the administration to establish a mental health counseling fund for kids who continue to be traumatized. Sandy spent two months in Texas before she was finally returned to her mom. But when the family threw a welcoming party to celebrate the reunification, Sandy shoved “a toddler who had tried to give her a hug and a kiss … she was screaming and crying and telling the boy to stay away.” She explained that “they always kept the boys and the girls separate. And they punished us if we went near each other.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has yet to personally address American traitor Donald Trump's remarks following his Surrender Summit with Vladimir Putin. But he has sent out his spokesman to issue a statement on his behalf. «As the Leader has said many times, Russia is not our friend, and he agrees with the findings of the intelligence community regarding Russia’s efforts to interfere in our elections. Those positions have not changed.” Apparently McConnell accepts the findings of the U.S. intelligence community, which is a bit of a turn around. Because before the election, back in September of 2016, when the U.S. intelligence community was telling the Obama administration and the leadership of the Congress that Russia was at that very moment interfering in the election, he blocked the administration from releasing that information to the public. Back then, he expressed his »doubts about the underlying intelligence and made clear to the administration that he would consider any effort by the White House to challenge the Russians publicly an act of partisan politics." What a difference a stolen election makes, huh?
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HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii officials: Explosion sends lava flying through roof of tour boat off Big Island, injuring at least 13 people.
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Daryl Morey will not be leaving the Houston Rockets for the Philadelphia 76ers.The New York Times’ Marc Stein reported on Monday that Morey rebuffed the Sixers’ interest in him for their GM job. Philly has a very attractive position given all the young talent on the team. They appear to be well-positioned to contend for Eastern Conference titles for years to come. But Morey has been the Rockets’ GM since the 2008 season and has helped maneuver the team into serious NBA title contention. He would seem to have little motivation to leave the team he has built, especially when they’re so close to breaking through. He doesn’t seem to be the type of guy to easily give up on an obsession.
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