America’s missing children over 1,000 immigrant minors have vanished since october salon.com gas guzzler tax

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Children who show up at the border by themselves are usually apprehended by Border Patrol agents or turn themselves in to customs officers at the Department of Homeland Security. Once they are processed, they are turned over to the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services’ refugee office. The office runs more than 100 shelters around the country where it houses children and provides care until they can be turned over to a sponsor while awaiting their immigration hearings.

Yet many experts are claiming that the Department of Homeland Security rarely conducts the kinds of follow-ups necessary to make sure the children aren’t exploited. President Donald Trump himself made it clear earlier this week that he doesn’t sympathize at all with migrant children, telling a roundtable at the Morrelly Homeland Security Center that "we have the worst immigration laws of any country, anywhere in the world. They exploited the loopholes in our laws to enter the country as unaccompanied alien minors.”

In related news, a new report by the ACLU accused American border authorities of verbally, physically and sexually abusing hundreds of undocumented immigrant children between 2009 and 2014, according to NPR. The allegations include running over a 17-year-old with a patrol vehicle before punching him, denying medical attention to a pregnant minor who claimed she was in pain and ultimately delivered a stillbirth, sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl and threatening a male minor with sexual abuse from another detainee after discarding his birth certificate.

"These agencies have taken no meaningful action to hold federal officials accountable for abusing children or to ensure that such abuse never occurs again," Mitra Ebadolahi, staff attorney with the ACLU’s Border Litigation Project, told NPR.

Despite these harrowing stories, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made it an official policy to separate the children of undocumented immigrants from their parents if they are apprehended, which he has characterized as a deterrent against illegal border crossings. This is a policy that has unofficially been in place for months, but earlier this month he traveled to Tennessee (where 97 workers had been arrested during an immigration raid at a meat processing plant) to make it clear that he had no sympathy for the afflicted parents.

Ironically enough, the leader of a union representing members of the U.S. Border Patrol has recently been very critical of Trump’s immigration policies. National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd, who represents roughly 15,000 border agents, described the measures implemented by Trump last month to improve border security as "a colossal waste of resources," according to the Los Angeles Times.

Trump, it is worth remembering, focused on immigration during the 2016 presidential campaign, even kicking off his candidacy with a speech that included this infamous (and factually incorrect) assertion about undocumented immigrants from Mexico:

When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.