@NBCNews correspondent. Author of Separated: Inside an American Tragedy.
Oct 2, 2018 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
This is America.
ICE's Adelanto Processing Center in California -- where I've been twice to meet a separated father for @chrislhayes & @allinwithchris -- had "nooses in detainee cells," "improper and overly restrictive segregation," and "untimely and inadequate" medical care.
The words of an Adelanto detainee:
"I’ve seen a few attempted suicides using the braided sheets by the vents and then the guards laugh at them and call them ‘suicide failures’ once they are back from medical."
Aug 15, 2018 • 5 tweets • 4 min read
Going in @ICEgov detention center in SoCal to meet still-separated dad Ascencion who signed form saying he didn’t want to be reunited with his 15 year old son — says he didn’t know what he was signing.
We were met by these agents from ICE and Geo Group, private prison that runs Adelanto.
Guy on left said they were expecting me but I couldn’t get in to see Ascencion despite advance notice.
Waited three hours while attorneys went in.
ICE says maybe next week.
Aug 3, 2018 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
NEW: Trump administration says in order to reunite remaining 572 separated kids @ACLU — *not* government which separated them — should be responsible for:
- Establishing contact
- Determining desire to be reunified & written confirmation
- Attorney consultation
- Data gathering
NEW: ACLU tells me “the administration is sitting on information that will allow the parties to find these parents."
I’m in San Diego. Going into court to watch Trump administration and @ACLU meet a day after the reunification deadline.
DHS says all “eligible” parents and children are reunified but 711 kids of 2,551 were “ineligible.”
DHS didn’t commit to reuniting any of that group in US.
I’m out of court.
Judge said next step must be finding 431 “missing parents” already deported and 52 released into the US.
He‘ll soon issue an order on that and a ruling on potential 7-day stay on deportations for 1,000 (!) reunited families with executable removal orders.
Jul 26, 2018 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
BREAKING: Trump administration releases new numbers on day of court ordered deadline to reunite 2,551 migrant kids separated from parents at border.
They say 711 children STILL separated, *not eligible* for reunification.
Won't say whether they intend to try to reunite them.
Last month we all asked “where are the toddlers and girls?”
Tonight we should all be asking about 711 kids the government says are “ineligible” for reunification.
Deadline has passed.
After taken them, will Trump and company even *try* to reunite them all?
We just don’t know.
Jul 19, 2018 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
Expecting update today from Trump administration on status of family reunifications.
Waiting on new numbers of how many kids are still separated.
Last count: 2,551.
Hoping, too, for *any* info on how many of their parents already deported.
As @maddow says, watch this space.
BREAKING: In court filing, Trump administration says 719 parents of the 2,551 still-separated children have a "final order of removal," meaning they could be immediately deported after reunification.
@LindsayTozzzz of @ImmDef just told me “that's a pretty horrifying statistic."
Jul 16, 2018 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
Meanwhile, back at home, here's the Trump administration's flow chart plan -- filed yesterday -- to reunify the 2,551 still-separated migrant kids.
They filed it after Judge Dana Sabraw slammed HHS for what he just called, in court, "deeply troubling" pushback on reunifications.
Judge Sabraw *again* just hit the Trump administration in court, saying its pushback to the order to reunify, made by @HHSGov Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Chris Meekins, was "exasperating to put it plainly."
Jun 26, 2018 • 8 tweets • 5 min read
NEW: In a media briefing @HHSGov refuses to answer a question about if the agency is still receiving migrant children separated from their parents.
.@HHSGov also says they still have 2,047 separated children in their custody.
That means since the last update over the weekend, only *six* separated kids have been reunited with their parents.
Unless they are STILL adding more separated children, which they refuse to answer.
Jun 24, 2018 • 20 tweets • 13 min read
East & Central time friends: this is your one hour warning.
Our @DatelineNBC border special all about how we got here — The Dividing Line — starts at 7/6C on @NBC. #Dateline
15 minutes. We'll be tweeting during the show.
AP: “Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border to at least three ‘tender age’ shelters in South Texas.” apnews.com/dc0c9a5134d148…
“Lawyers and medical providers who have visited the Rio Grande Valley shelters described play rooms of crying preschool-age children in crisis.“ apnews.com/dc0c9a5134d148…
Jun 17, 2018 • 14 tweets • 5 min read
I’m in McAllen, Texas.
About to go inside the epicenter of family separations: the Border Patrol’s Central Processing Center — Ursula.
The most family separations are happening here and Border Patrol is going to show us around.
No cameras allowed inside. Stay tuned.
Before our tour we are getting a press conference from Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Chief Manuel Padilla.
He’s going through the sector talking points — apprehensions here are higher than anywhere else.
That’s also why this is the epicenter of separations.
Jun 13, 2018 • 18 tweets • 9 min read
I’m a part of the first group of journalists to go into the shelter for detained child migrants in Brownsville Texas since the zero tolerance separation policy was announced. 1000+ boys here.