WashTimes October 31, 2014 by Stephen DinanAnd HHS had no comment:
One of the contractors housing some of the surge of illegal immigrant children from this summer offers them a petting zoo with miniature ponies, a tilapia fish farm operation and guitar lessons, according to documents released Thursday by a senator who questioned whether the plush accommodations were a good use of taxpayers’ money.
Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican, said it seemed excessive to pay the $329 that Southwest Key Programs, the contractor, charged per child per day at one of its California facilities in Lemon Grove, California. Another facility in El Cajon cost taxpayers $316 per child per day.
“It is disturbing that HHS is funding such expensive facilities despite claiming to be unable to meet basic needs for UACs,” Mr. Grassley said in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, using the acronym for Unaccompanied Alien Children, which is the term the government has given to the illegal immigrant youths who jump the border without their parents.
An HHS spokesman didn’t return a message seeking comment.And this is not a glitch, but purpose of the Obama Regime's detention policy which is do not detain illegal aliens, and those few who are detained, make life in detention as comfortable as possible so they continue to fight their removal.
Here is the first part of the strategy in action:
Breitbart October 31, 2014 by Caroline MayThe long game for the Regime here is the election of a new people.
Thousands of family units that recently entered the United States illegally failed to appear before immigration judges between July 18 and October 7 of this year.
Documents from the Executive Office of Immigration Review provided to the House Judiciary Committee this week and exclusively obtained by Breitbart News offer a brief snapshot into the failure of certain undocumented immigrants who've been released into the United States to appear in immigration court.
According to the EOIR documents, in that two-and-a-half month period from mid-July to early October, immigration judges across the country rendered 3,885 decisions on removal cases dealing with “aliens” in family units. Of those decisions, 94 percent (3,661) were made “in absentia,” or the alien’s failure to appear resulted in an order of removal.
The document also showed that 9,874 cases were still pending over those months.
Even the Club Fed above though is too much for the left. They want to end all detention of illegal alien families so they can fail to appear for deportation hearings.
HuffPo October 30, 2014 by Katharina ObserInteresting, the Regime's amnesty is confirmed by the radical left.
There is no humane way to detain families. [Yes, there is, see above. Ed.]
Let me give you an example of why: a young mother, Rosa, fled Central America this July after gangs violently threatened the family with kidnapping, the destruction of their home and death. Rosa and her seven-year old daughter, Ana, were detained at the Artesia Family Detention Facility shortly after entering the United States and are seeking asylum. Traumatized by conditions in her home country and the added stress of confinement, Ana was unable to keep down any food.
Her weight loss became so extreme that facility medical staff told Rosa that if she did not force Ana to eat and gain weight, the facility would force feed her daughter through a catheter. Out of despair, Rosa asked for bottles with milk to be provided instead. With no other choice, Rosa held her seven-year-old daughter in her arms like a baby at meal times to feed her by bottle.
Rosa and Ana's story is one of many that illustrate the devastating damage done by the detention of immigrant families. It's an egregious practice that, only five years ago, the Obama Administration largely ended. However, as documented in the report released today by Women's Refugee Commission and Lutheran and Immigration Refugee Service, Locking Up Family Values, Again, this summer the Administration has decided to resurrect and dramatically expand this costly and inhumane practice.
In 2009, the Obama Administration closed what then was the United States' largest family immigration detention facility, the T. Don Hutto facility in Texas, after years of controversy, media exposure and a lawsuit. For five years, the only families detained were held at a small shelter in Pennsylvania that, despite some flaws, generally held families awaiting an initial protection screening for relatively short periods. This summer, with the recent increase in the number of mothers and children fleeing violence and persecution in Central America, the Administration turned to a rapid and massive expansion of family detention of these asylum seekers. Seeking to "stem the flow" by sending a clear message of deterrence through expedited detention and removal, our new family detention facilities - and the policies opposing any release or bond that have come with them - ignore our obligations under international and U.S. laws and impose enormous moral and fiscal costs our country.Sorry, there are no laws that prohibit the detention of women or children, whether U.S. laws or international law, which is, of course, unenforceable in the United States anyway.
And note the lies about detention policy:
These detained families are largely asylum seekers. At one facility in September 2014, 98% of the women and children detained there had expressed a fear of return. More than half of the children in family detention are six years old or younger. Normally mothers and toddlers seeking protection and posing no flight or security risks would merit strong consideration for release, including on bond or alternatives to detention. Instead, these women and children are denied release, and when they find themselves before an immigration judge to request a bond, government attorneys spend hours arguing that they pose a national security risk to the United States. Many are denied any bond at all, and many more are granted bonds so high, such as $15,000 or $30,000, that they cannot afford their release.Sorry, attorneys for the ICE Office of the Principle Legal Advisor do not argue these pathetic wretches are a threat to national security, but that they will fail to appear for their hearing, as they have failed to appear. Also note that the monies cited are not the amount aliens pay for their bond, that is the amount the bail bond agency pledges. Actual payments to the bond agency is typically a few hundred dollars or a surety from a relative. More importantly, ICE does not collect on most failures to appear and most illegals get a $2,000 bond or are released on their own recognizance.
This writer warned about this particular amnesty when the Hutto facility was closed on this blog back in 2009. The writing for the Obama Regime Administrative Amnesty was already on the wall by 2009. Readers will remember this and stay tuned to this blog and VDare.