The AP has released a story indicating that the US government is now establishing facilities in order to detain infants and younger children that they’ve abducted from their parent(s).
Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border to at least three “tender age” shelters in South Texas, The Associated Press has learned.
Lawyers and medical providers who have visited the Rio Grande Valley shelters described play rooms of crying preschool-age children in crisis. The government also plans to open a fourth shelter to house hundreds of young migrant children in Houston, where city leaders denounced the move Tuesday.
Decades after the nation’s child welfare system ended the use of orphanages over concerns about the lasting trauma to children, the administration is standing up new institutions to hold Central American toddlers that the government separated from their parents.
Rachel Maddow was handed this breaking news at the end of her show tongith. She started to read it but kept choking back tears. She eventually gave up and had to turn over to Lawrence O’Donnell.
Rachel Maddow chokes up and cries on air as she struggles to deliver news that migrant babies and toddlers have been sent to "tender age" shelters pic.twitter.com/O6crm8cvyR
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) June 20, 2018
You can’t blame Maddow for getting emotional. This Trump administration policy is inhumane and it gets more so by the day. Our hearts are with you, Rachel.
Update: Afterward Maddow tweeted out this apology:
Ugh, I'm sorry.
If nothing else, it is my job to actually be able to speak while I'm on TV.
What I was trying to do — when I suddenly couldn't say/do anything — was read this lede:
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) June 20, 2018
No need to apologize for being human.