Virginia probes abuses of migrant children at detention centre

Virginia’s governor ordered state officials on Thursday to investigate abuse claims by children in an immigration detention center.

Governor Ralph Northam introduced the probe in a tweet hours after the reported allegations.

Immigrant children as young as 16 housed at a teen detention centre in the US state of Las vegas say we were holding beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left bare and shivering in tangible cell, according to a report by the Related Press (AP).

The record also cited an mature who saw bruises and broken bones the youngsters said were caused by pads.

“Whenever they used to restrain me make me personally in the chair, they would handcuff me, ” said a Honduran migrant who was sent to the facility when he or she was 15.

“Strapped myself 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 carrier over your head. It has little holes; you can see through it. However you feel suffocated with the bag on. ”

The abuse claims against the Shenandoah Valley Child Center near Staunton, Virginia, are detailed in federal government court filings that include a half-dozen sworn claims from Latino teens jailed there for months or years.

Northam said the allegations were disturbing and directed the state’s admin of public safety and homeland security and the Department of Juvenile Justice to report back to him “to ensure the safety of each and every child being held there. inches

Several of the children were sent there after US ALL immigration authorities accused them of belonging to chaotic gangs, including MS-13.

Leader Donald Trump has frequently cited gang activity as justification for his attack on unlawful immigration.

Our border patrol agents and our ICE agents have done one great job cracking down on MS-13 gang members. We\’re tossing them out by the countless numbers

Trump Wednesday – in a stunning about-face – moved to conclusion the practice of splitting migrant families after they cross into the US from South america, signed an executive order that would keep households together after they get detained crossing the edge illegally.

“We’re going to have very strong borders but we are going to keep families together, inch the president said, adding he doesn’t like discovering children separated from their families.

Shenandoah facility
The Shenandoah lockup is one of only three juvenile detention facilities in america with federal contracts to provide “secure placement” for children who had problems at less-restrictive housing..

The Shenandoah detention centre was built with a coalition of seven local towns and counties to lock up local kids charged with serious criminal offenses. Since 2007, about fifty percent the 58 beds are occupied by both men and female immigrants between the ages of twelve and 17 facing expulsion proceedings or awaiting rulings on asylum claims.

Even though held in a service similar to a jail, the children detained on administrative immigration charges have not yet been convicted of any crime.

Virginia ranks one of the worst declares in the nation for wait around times in federal migrants courts, with an average of 806 days before a ruling. Nationally, no more than half of juveniles dealing with deportation are represented by a lawyer, according to Justice Department data.

On average, 92 immigrant children each year cycle through Shenandoah, nearly all of them from Mexico and Central America.

The other two facilities are Yolo County Juvenile Detention Facility in California and the Northern Virginia Child Detention Centre.


Updated: June 22, 2018 — 4:02 am

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