Administration Cuts Education, Activities for Detained Migrant Kids

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(Español) The Trump administration is moving to cancel activities, education, and legal aid for detained minors crossing into the country. They cite the massive influx of minors at the southern border in recent months as the reason, saying the crisis is creating massive pressures on the budget. The Office of Refugee and Resettlement (ORR), the organization responsible for finding more permanent settlements for the minors detained in the country, has notified a variety of facilities around the country it is rolling back services due to the lack of budget. With the announcement, the administration has asked Congress to proceed and pass a budget bill in order to continue providing the services. The major issue stems from a 1997 court ruling which states minors detained in custody with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) must be provided with more than basic needs which are required to allow them to develop as normally as possible, which can include classes and recreation, such as soccer games and the like. Critics are simultaneously worried the lack of legal aid services will result in many detainees being denied access to the only method they have to fight their case in the U.S. Various immigrant rights attorneys and advocates have noted they will bring a lawsuit against the administration if they services are indeed cut, which is scheduled to take place by the end of June. They note proper exercise and education are the only thing the kids have to look forward to while detained, otherwise having nothing to do but sit in their cells and dwell on an already insurmountable situation. Other critics note this may be but another ploy for the administration to find a way to pursue their continuing anti-immigrant agenda. With the wide latitude the executive branch is given to pursue their immigration agenda, many, including some in Congress, believe it would not be farfetched to see the administration try to divert funds to continue detention of minors.