On Wednesday morning, Attorney Michael Avenatti sent out a tweet in which he revealed that immigrant children are being shipped all over the country after being ripped away from their parents.
In his tweet, Avenatti said his legal team, which are representing families who have been torn apart by Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy, have discovered that kids are being routinely sent 1,000+ miles away from their parents.
Here’s Avenatti’s full tweet:
We are discovering that most of our clients have had their children shipped away across many states (1,000 miles is not unusual). Some are facing deportation without their children and do not know if they will ever see them again. This is permanently destroying families. #Basta
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) June 20, 2018
HillReporter reached out to Avenatti and he said kids are being sent to various locations. “Kids are being shipped all over the US from the southern border states. From Texas to Arizona, Florida, New York, Michigan, and California just by way of example. Virginia as well,” Avenatti said.
The costs to transport and ship those children are also climbing. As we reported earlier this morning, Trump’s new “tent cities” cost $775 per night to house each child. Permanent facilities cost less than half of that exorbitant nightly rate.
Despite the creation of pop up tent cities, Trump has attempted to claim “The United States will not be a migrant camp and it won’t be a refugee holding facility.” Unfortunately, that is exactly what the United States has become ever since Jeff Sessions announced the new immigration policies that are now being enforced by Trump and his administration.
A report by WYNC found that at least 200 children were sent from the southern border to New York State. The post, led by information from the ACLU, suggests that many of the children are now living in “group homes or with foster families.”
WYNC further finds that the agencies taking in those children have multi-million dollar annual contracts with the U.S. government. The groups had previously focused on immigrant children who crossed the border without their parents.
Here are the facility contracts in New York as reported by WYNC:
- Abbott House (Westchester County) – $2.5 million
- Catholic Guardian Services (New York City) – $7.5 million
- Cayuga Home for Children (New York City) – $40 million
- Center for Family Services (Camden, NJ) – $4 million
- Jewish Child Care Association (New York City) – $2 million
- Rising Ground (Westchester) – $14.3 million
- Lincoln Hall (Westchester) – $16.4 million
- Lutheran Social Services (New York City) – $5 million
- Mercy First (Long Island) – $5.7 million
- Children’s Home of Kingston (Ulster County) – $2.1 million
- Children’s Village (Westchester) – $6.9 million
Outside of organizations helping house victims of Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy, the ICE Detention Center locator lists 113 facilities located from Washington state all the way to New York.
It’s important to note that not all of these facilities house children which partially explains why many kids are being transported more than 1,000 miles away from their parents following their separation.
With growing costs to transport and house children, on top of the current administration’s horrible policy to rip children away from their parents, a new CNN poll has found that only 28% of American’s support the “zero tolerance” policy and they are overwhelmingly Republican.
In the meantime, President Trump continues to blame Democrats from thousands of child and parent separations. Trump says Democrats can end the policy by agreeing to his conservative immigration bill that calls for the funding the President needs to build his southern border wall.