At A California Shelter, I Found A Group Of Kids Separated From Their Parents At The US Border But Was Denied Information and Access
“You’re trespassing and now you’ve been warned. If you remain on this property, I’ll call the police.”
Those are the words of the director of a youth shelter that had just taken in some number of kids – as young as toddlers — separated from their parents on the US Border.
On Friday, June 22, 2018 I drove the 45 miles from my home just outside of Los Angeles to a shelter in the city of La Verne, CA where it was reported that a group of kids forcibly taken from their parents had been brought in the evening the day before.
I showed up unannounced, but expected to see many journalists and media on site. There were none. Well, except me.
The facility, located next to a public high school is actually gorgeous. At least the grounds are. Large fields of green grass, many tall trees, numerous buildings, lots of security cameras, a large imposing gate. If you had to be forcibly separated from your parents — who fled perhaps gang violence or domestic abuse in Latin America — this wouldn’t be a terrible place to be temporarily. Were it not for one thing: While you’re at a shelter in Southern California, your parents are imprisoned, likely in some tent city, along the US border with Mexico, nearly 1000 miles away.
Oh, and there’s no plan in place to reunite you with your parents.
This video chronicles what happened when I tried to get some information about the number of kids at the facility and their well being. Needless to say, it did not go well.
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