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A new NPR/Ipsos poll reveals that more than seven out of 10 Americans support the U.S. taking in Afghans who worked with the U.S. government or military. The tally includes a majority of Republicans, as well as white and rural voters, who are typically less likely to support refugees and migrants coming to the U.S. Meanwhile nearly two-thirds of all respondents said they support resettling Afghans who fear repression from the Taliban. Still, some Republicans said they feared allowing in migrants and refugees who hadn’t been thoroughly vetted. NPR
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Whistleblower: Migrant Children Burned With Water, Threatened at Emergency Shelter
A third whistleblower complaint has been filed against the temporary shelter for migrant children at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. The complaint states that migrant children were burned after bathing with blistering hot water, had their blood drawn without explanation and were constantly threatened with deportation. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which houses these children through contractors, said in a statement it acts quickly to address concerns and shut down sites that didn’t meet its standards. But the whistleblower disputed HHS’s statement, saying that “It is true these are old issues; it is not true they have been fixed.” BuzzFeed News
U.S. Caring for Over 100 Unaccompanied Afghan Children
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the federal government is caring for more than 100 Afghan children who came to the U.S. without their parents. HHS said most of these unaccompanied minors have been quickly reunited with non-parental relatives who also evacuated and relocated to the U.S. Those who don’t have family in the U.S. will stay in custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement until they turn 18 or a sponsor can be located. An internal memo obtained by CBS News revealed the refugee agency told officials to “expeditiously” release unaccompanied Afghan children to non-parental caregivers who were also evacuated. CBS News
U.S. Resident Forced to Sign Away His Green Card
Akram Djumaev, a permanent U.S. resident, went on a trip to Uzbekistan with his family and fiancée for two months in 2016. Five years later, he still hasn’t returned to his U.S. home. He encountered FBI agents at the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, and believes they placed him on the no-fly list. According to a lawsuit filed against the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday, FBI agents pressured Djumaev into surrendering his green card. Djumaev has never faced criminal charges nor been brought to an immigration court. The Intercept
ICE Has Detained Immigrant Children Without Reason for Decades
The Cowlitz County Youth Services Center has long been one of several facilities in contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hold a small number of immigrant children residing in the U.S. without legal residency and who ICE claimed were a significant threat to society. The program has been conducted in secrecy for the past 20 years, and it has been unclear how long the children stayed in the facilities and why they weren’t given to families. But pressure for answers is rising in Cowlitz County, Washington. Arne Mortensen, a public servant in the county, received multiple calls that suggested the contracts were another form of family separation. Reveal News
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