14,000 Detained migrant kids continue to ‘struggle’ in ‘overtaxed’ facilities, AP investigation finds

Detained migrant kids continue to ‘struggle’ in ‘overtaxed’ facilities, AP investigation finds

Mentioned numerous times in the report is Southwest Key, which has a nearly $460 million dollar contract with the Trump administration to detain migrant kids. Yet, with all those hundreds of millions, the so-called “non-profit” saw two of its Arizona facilities recently shut down for failing to provide fingerprint records for some employees. “One former employee was convicted this year of sexually abusing multiple boys,” the AP continued. “Meanwhile, in Texas, Southwest Key is pushing to expand. It has sued Houston after local officials tried to stop the opening of a facility.”

“Jeff Eller, a spokesman for Southwest Key, acknowledged that staff morale has suffered this year due to the unprecedented demand,” but the administration is intentionally keeping these facilities packed and staff overburdened by intentionally roadblocking the release of kids to sponsors, leading to a record number of migrant children—approximately 14,000—in U.S. custody. Children belong with their families, period.

via Daily Kos Detained migrant kids continue to ‘struggle’ in ‘overtaxed’ facilities, AP investigation finds