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USTrump Administration Argues Detained Migrant Children Don't Need Toothbrushes, Soap

05:10  21 june  2019
05:10  21 june  2019 Source:   newsweek.com

Protesters gather at Oklahoma base where kids will be held

Protesters gather at Oklahoma base where kids will be held Demonstrators including Japanese Americans who were detained as children by the U.S. government during World War II are speaking out against the Trump administration's plans to house migrant children at an Oklahoma Army base. 

The Trump administration argued in court this week that detained migrant children don ’ t actually need things like soap and toothbrushes in order to be “sanitary.” The administration is hoping that they can cut back on essentials for the children they’ve locked up in order to save a few dollars

The Trump administration has argued in court it should be able to force detained migrant children to sleep on concrete floors and deprive them of soap She also said children were being deprived of bathroom access and adequate sleep, as well as living in sometimes near-freezing temperatures.

Trump Administration Argues Detained Migrant Children Don't Need Toothbrushes, Soap© LOREN ELLIOTT/AFP/Getty A young migrant girl sits on the floor as her father, recently released from federal detention with other Central American asylum seekers, gets a bus ticket at a bus depot on June 11, 2019, in McAllen, Texas.

The Trump administration went to court this week to argue that migrant children detained at the United States-Mexico border do not require basic hygiene products like soap and toothbrushes in order to be in held in "safe and sanitary" conditions. Trump's team also argued that requiring minors to sleep on cold concrete floors in crowded cells with low temperatures similarly fulfilled that requirement.

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The Trump administration ’s Justice Dept. lawyers say migrant children detained in federal concentration camps do not need soap or toothbrushes The DOJ is asking the Court to reverse a judge’s 2017 ruling on the Flores Agreement that added specific requirements, including soap and

for Detained Migrant Children Doesn' t Necessarily Mean Providing ' Toothbrush and Soap '. The Trump administration was using the tent facility to house immigrant children separated from then asked whether there could be an instance when a person didn’ t need a toothbrush and soap for days.

Arguing in a 9th district San Francisco court about the conditions that they must hold migrant children in, the administration said that they did not violate a precedent set by a landmark 1985 class action lawsuit which established guidelines for the way minors held in federal immigration detention must be treated. The case, Jenny Lisette Flores v. Edwin Meese, created rules around the timely release of migrant minors to their parents, and said that those not released must be kept in facilities that are "safe and sanitary."

But on Tuesday, the Justice Department's Sarah Fabian claimed that the ruling did not list specific requirements like "toothbrushes" or "towels," to establish a sanitary condition.

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The Trump administration 's Justice Dept. lawyers say migrant children detained in federal concentration camps do not need soap or toothbrushes despite a settlement agreement that requires the U.S. Government to keep them in "safe and sanitary" facilities.

More than 2,000 migrant children have been separated from parents suspected of crossing the border illegally as the Trump administration has jailed the parents. The international outcry over the practice has prompted the administration to find a way to both detain parents and keep them together with

"One has to assume it was left that way and not enumerated by the parties because either the parties couldn't reach agreement on how to enumerate that or it was left to the agencies to determine," Fabian said to the three Clinton-appointed federal judges on the court.

"You're really going to stand up and tell us that being able to sleep isn't a question of safe and sanitary conditions?" U.S. Circuit Judge Marsha Berzon asked Fabian.

Other judges also expressed outrage.

"Are you arguing seriously that you do not read the agreement as requiring you to do anything other than what I just described: cold all night long, lights on all night long, sleeping on concrete and you've got an aluminum foil blanket?" U.S. Circuit Judge William Fletcher asked Fabian. "I find that inconceivable that the government would say that that is safe and sanitary."

Still, Fabian said that the Trump administration plans to apply for a motion of reconsideration and continue to appeal the ruling.

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Here's the argument (at around 25:00). The Justice Department is arguing that a consent decree requiring the gov' t to provide "safe and sanitary" conditions for detained minors doesn' t mean they need to be able to sleep or wash.

President Trump 's administration wants to detain migrant children for longer than is currently allowed. The administration proposed new rules today. These rules would lift long-standing limits on how many days the government can hold children in immigration detention.

"Have you considered whether you might go back and consider whether you really want to continue this appeal?" replied Berzon. "There doesn't seem to be a whole lot left of it, considering that life has moved on now. I just feel like we're litigating ancient history at this point."

At least seven migrant children have died in U.S. custody since late 2018 when the president began his policy of detaining them separately from their families. John Sanders, the acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection warned today that his agency would need at least another $4.6 billion in emergency funding to prevent more deaths.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Sanders said that "The death of a child is always a terrible thing, but here is a situation where, because there is not enough funding … they can't move the people out of our custody."

The exact number of children who had died under the care of the federal government is unknown because of a law that does not require various agencies to report deaths.

This week, the ACLU found a migrant teenager in the care of Texas border control nursing her prematurely-born baby without any proper medical care.

Here's why the Trump administration says it's not required to give migrant children soap

Here's why the Trump administration says it's not required to give migrant children soap A recent court argument by a Justice Department lawyer left some judges incredulous and drew quick condemnation from immigrant advocates and Democrats as segments surfaced online. They accused Fabian and the administration of making callous arguments and of suggesting it was not essential for the government to ensure migrant children in U.S. custody could sleep well and had access to basic hygienic products like soap and toothbrushes.

The Trump administration 's Justice Dept. lawyers say migrant children detained in federal concentration camps do not need soap or toothbrushes despite a settlement agreement that requires the U.S. Government to keep them in "safe and sanitary" facilities.

Trump officials found more immigrant children who need to be reunited with parents and vowed to meet a More than 2,300 children have been separated from their parents at the border as a result of the More: Trump administration argues it can detain migrant children , parents without time limits.

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