The nation's largest holding facility for unaccompanied migrant children is set to expand for the second time this year, rapidly adding more than 850 beds to a massive facility that is already capable of housing more than 2,300 teens. An April 1 announcement of the decision by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) attributed the facility's growth to a "dramatic spike" in unaccompanied migrant children arriving at the southern border in recent months. The facility already underwent a significant expansion beginning in mid-January, nearly doubling in size from its original capacity. The most recent expansion — an increase of about 36 percent, to 3,200 beds beginning in mid-April — was first reported by the Miami New Times.The announcement came three days after Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen wrote a letter to members of the House and Senate with an "urgent request" to grant more authority allowing DHS to return … [Read more...] about Nation’s largest holding facility for migrant children expands again
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“It just felt like day care,” said one student. By Caroline Preston 11/10/2018 05:00 am ET PHILADELPHIA and GREENVILLE, Pa. — Back when he still lived with his family, when school was across the street from his home in West Philadelphia, Johnathan Hamilton used to plow through reading assignments and research religious questions online. He stumbled over fractions — math was always a struggle — but started getting into philosophy as an early teen. Then, at 15, his relationship with his parents grew violent, and Hamilton went to live in a city shelter for foster youth. When a bed became available at a residential facility in suburban Glenmoore, Pennsylvania, run by the nonprofit Devereux Foundation, Hamilton was sent to live there. For roughly nine months, he went to school on the grounds of the facility — and he says it was mostly lost time. Classes were full of kids of different ages. The material he was assigned seemed many grade … [Read more...] about How Schools For Kids In Foster Care Act As ‘Educational Black Holes’
POLITICS 11/08/2018 02:59 pm ET Lawyers say that due to the Trump's administration's recent crackdown on sponsors, children are languishing in detention for “egregious” amounts of time. By Angelina Chapin On Tuesday night, lawyers filed a lawsuit on behalf of seven immigrant youth and their families who claim the Trump administration is detaining children for an egregious amount of time. Most of the young plaintiffs, who range from ages 11 to 17, have been stuck in children’s shelters or foster care facilities for between four and six months, despite having family members who have applied to be their sponsors. The lawsuit alleges that thousands of children across the U.S. are languishing in detention for months because of a government crackdown on sponsor vetting. Since June, the Trump administration has required every parent and legal guardian who applies to be a sponsor, as well as members of their household, to be fingerprinted, which has … [Read more...] about Immigrant Children Are Being Detained For Months. Their Families Decided To Sue.
The ACLU has admitted that migrant parents in the “family separation” furor are deliberately leaving at least 114 children in the United States, says a court filing by the federal government. The acknowledged abandonment of the 114 children and youths — plus the de-facto abandonment of up to 232 others — undermines the progressives’ media-magnified claim that President Donald Trump maliciously separated victimized families as they fled from crime into the safety of the United States.Instead, the migrants’ decisions to leave 114 children behind highlights the migrants’ rational and reasonable plan to use the border loopholes created by progressives to get themselves and their children — either separately or together — to the United States’ job opportunities, free education, peaceful streets, and anti-poverty programs. “This is not surprising to anyone,” said Rosemary Jenks, policy director at … [Read more...] about More Migrants Split Their Families to Keep Youths and Children in U.S.
Changes are blowing in with the fall semester for the Pikes Peak region's 17 public school districts.New superintendents are in charge at Colorado Springs School District 11 and Woodland Park School District RE-2.Three new schools with state-of-the-art features are opening to meet growing enrollment from residential development to the east and south.Students started classes Aug. 2 at School District 49’s $20 million Bennett Ranch Elementary in Peyton.Academy School District 20 is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Legacy Peak Elementary and the Center for Modern Learning in the Wolf Ranch neighborhood Tuesday.The first phase of Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8’s new middle school, to accommodate up to 1,500 students at completion, opens Monday. Colorado schools dig in to offer fresh grown foods at school cafeterias and homesSeveral districts will bring school financing measures to the Nov. 6 ballot.Many districts are making safety and security improvements to … [Read more...] about What’s new for fall at Colorado Springs area schools