Videos show staff dragging, shoving immigrant kids

Videos show staff dragging, shoving immigrant kids

Videos show staff dragging, shoving immigrant kids

The news comes after the Arizona Republic obtained surveillance videos through an open records request that show staffers pushing and dragging migrant children in a shelter operated by Southwest Key, the nation's largest provider of migrant children shelters.

Video of three separate incidents included instances of migrant children being dragged, pushed and slapped by employees at Southwest Key's Youngstown, Arizona facility, Hacienda Del Sol, which has since closed. The staff member pauses, then leaves the room as the child retreats into a corner.

The newspaper released videos of employees dragging, slapping, and pushing children throughout the facility.

Southwest Key reported the three incidents - dated September 14, 17, and 21 - to federal officials, state authorities, and local law enforcement and said it fired the staff members in question.

"Overnight", Valencia continued on, "it seemed to have changed".

The Sheriff's Office maintains not only that the actions were acceptable restraint techniques, but that there was nothing in the footage that should bring about criminal charges.

The shelter where the incident happened is now closed.

Conditions in the nations migrant detention centers has always been a hot topic in the U.S. Following the death of a second migrant child in U.S. custody on December 24, Representative Joaquin Castro compared the conditions of migrant facilities in the U.S.to episodes of National Geographic Channel's Locked Up Abroad while speaking on a telephone news conference on Wednesday, El Paso Times reported.

"[It's] another dark stain on the story of migrants here in the United States", Valencia said.

It remains unclear if the incidents that were captured on video prompted the federal government to suspend operations at the shelter, as the health department was already threatening to revoke all 13 of the Southwest Key's licenses in Arizona over improper background checks. The company was also forced to shutter another facility in Phoenix.

Southwest Key has been investigated after a string of investigations into abuse of children in its care.

Immigration facilities in Arizona have been at the centre of numerous allegations of sexual abuse.

Maricopa County prosecutors in Arizona are considering potential criminal charges after reviewing footage of children being dragged, hit, and shoved by staff members at a detention center near Phoenix. The organization, which is officially a nonprofit run by millionaire Juan Sanchez, has collected more than $1.7 billion in federal grants over the last decade, including $626 million in the a year ago.

Image: A boy chooses a toy at a migrants shelter in El Paso, Texas. "Serving as chief executive, he was paid $1.5 million previous year - more than twice what his counterpart at the far larger American Red Cross made".

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