Attorneys for immigrant children held at a troubled Texas shelter say kids continue to be forcibly drugged there despite a judge’s order.
Separated families won a second chance to seek asylum under an agreement in federal court, but lawyers say the government has backed off its pledge.
Seyni Malick Diagne lived in the U.S. for 17 years. Battling cancer, he was deported last month to Mauritania, where he faces arrest and enslavement.
The temporary holding facilities often come as a surprise to the unsuspecting civilians who work or live nearby.
Nearly a month ago, a judge ordered immigrant children removed from a troubled Texas facility and told the government to stop drugging them without consent. That hasn’t happened.
Even as it fails to reunify hundreds of families, the federal government says the court oversight mandated in a landmark case is no longer needed.
Eliseo Cárdenas Zetina disappeared after trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in 2008. His five children had held out hope that he was still alive.
Besides separation, trauma is triggered by other factors: limited phone calls, crowded cells, lack of information about family whereabouts.
A judge has OK’d a plan to reunite 366 children with their deported parents. But questions linger about whether reunifications will occur in the U.S.
Nearly 1,600 children have been reunited with their parents, the government reports. The parents of another 559 aren’t eligible for reunification.