Office of Refugee Resettlement entangled in TX lawsuit

I meant to report this to our readers some weeks ago when I first heard about it,  but there is so much going on it slipped by me at the time.    In a nutshell, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) contracts for unacompanied illegal immigrant minors to be cared for in a facility in TX.   Some of those minors have filed a suit alleging abuse by employees of the facility and local police officers.  

Eight immigrant youths from the Hector Garza Treatment Center, a facility for unaccompanied minors, have filed a lawsuit against a number of agencies, including the Houston-based Cornell Companies, a private company that runs the treatment center.

Cornell Companies entered in a contract with the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement in September to use the Garza facility to house and treat immigrant minors who are determined to be mentally ill. According to Watson [attorney who filed the lawsuit], most of the children traveling across the border suffer from some level of post-traumatic stress disorder. 

If there is abuse those responsible must be found out and punished. 

However, this issue is not a simple one, there have been stories that illegal immigrants coming across the Mexican border purposely separate from their children so that the children are assured residency in the US even if the parents are caught and returned to their home country.   I find it interesting that ORR runs these facilities since these are young illegal aliens not refugees.

Read the whole article here.

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