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Adam Klasfeld 3 Jul 18
Replying to @KlasfeldReports
“I did not receive information about my grandchildren’s whereabouts after they were separated from me on April 25, 2018.” Grandchildren’s ages: 3 and 7.
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Adam Klasfeld 3 Jul 18
Replying to @KlasfeldReports
“[One] of the officers asked me, ‘In Guatemala, do they celebrate mother’s day?’ When I said yes, he said ‘Then Happy Mother’s Day’ because the next Sunday was Mother’s Day. I lowered my head so that my daughter would not see the tears forming in my eyes.”
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Adam Klasfeld 3 Jul 18
Replying to @KlasfeldReports
“I was finally able to get through to someone at the shelter, but learned that the only way for S.K. to be returned to me was to submit a ‘reunification packet request’ to the shelter in order to be qualified as a ‘sponsor’ of my own daughter.” S.K. is eight years old.
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Adam Klasfeld 3 Jul 18
Replying to @KlasfeldReports
“Ludin was not allowed to bathe or brush her teeth for the eight days that she spent in the ‘dog pound.’” Ludin is a mother who was separated from her 9 and 17 year old children.
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Adam Klasfeld 3 Jul 18
Replying to @KlasfeldReports
“Because the detainees were chained together at the ankles, several stumbled and fell as we struggled to ascend and descend the steps of the bus and airplane. One man urinated himself as the detainees were not given bathroom privileges.” Honduran mom, ripped from daughter 3 mths
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Adam Klasfeld 3 Jul 18
Replying to @KlasfeldReports
“My daughter is at such an enjoyable age, when it is so sweet to be with her. ... My thoughts run in circles, and I feel as though I am going to lose my name.” The daughter is half a year old, separated from her asylum-seeking father, who is detained in Oregon.
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Adam Klasfeld 3 Jul 18
Replying to @KlasfeldReports
“The lawyer said that if I did not declare myself guilty, I would be unable to contact my daughter.” Mother of a six-year-old girl from El Salvador
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Adam Klasfeld 3 Jul 18
Replying to @KlasfeldReports
“The officer kept saying that I wasn’t my daughter’s mother. ... My life is my daughter.” Asylum-seeking mother separated from her six-year-old and detained in the “icebox.”
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Adam Klasfeld 3 Jul 18
Replying to @KlasfeldReports
“No one has interviewed me about my request for asylum.” Mexican mother of twins, who crossed the border on May 19
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Adam Klasfeld 3 Jul 18
Replying to @KlasfeldReports
“My daughter heard this and cried, she came to me and, crying said, ‘oh mom, oh mom’ (ay mami, ay mami), and she grabbed my leg. ... She was crying and crying while they took her away. I couldn’t say goodbye to her. My soul was breaking apart.”
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Adam Klasfeld
“When I first spoke with ICE officers, they told us, ‘why did you come from your country?’, ‘don’t you know that we hate you people?’, ‘we don’t want you in our country.’ ... We are being treated like criminals in chains and everything. We’re just seeking refuge.” Guatemalan mom
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Adam Klasfeld 3 Jul 18
Replying to @KlasfeldReports
“They did not let me say goodbye to him and I did not see him again... If no one can get him, he will stay in a place with children with no parents. I felt as though my life was over.” Honduran mother separated from her son since May 18.
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Adam Klasfeld 3 Jul 18
Replying to @KlasfeldReports
“The officers said that the children would not return. One said ‘it is the price to pay for crossing the border. We do this so that when you return to your countries you do not return, and so you tell your relatives not to come because we will take your children from you.’”
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Adam Klasfeld 3 Jul 18
Replying to @KlasfeldReports
“I was in a section with only women. Karla was in another with only girls her age. I only saw her once when she was in line to get her food. We said hello from afar. She looked very sad. I never saw her again.” Mother from El Salvador separated from her six-year old in May.
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Adam Klasfeld 3 Jul 18
Replying to @KlasfeldReports
“The following day the officer told me that they were going to take my son to shower and they sent me somewhere else and they never returned with my son. I felt deceived. I never saw him again. ... I only ask that I be reunited with my son. He needs me.” Mother of a 6-year-old.
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Adam Klasfeld 3 Jul 18
Replying to @NewYorkStateAG
Note: We are not one quarter of the way through these declarations, shared by this morning in three documents filed in the Western District of Washington. This is the first of them.
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Adam Klasfeld 3 Jul 18
Replying to @KlasfeldReports
"They took me to the ‘icebox.’ ... It was very cold and we were only given blankets made of aluminum foil. We were sleeping on the freezing ground. We were being grossly shouted at.” Honduran single mom separated from her 6-year-old
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Adam Klasfeld 3 Jul 18
Replying to @KlasfeldReports
“Parents are desperate to talk to their children. Every time a parent has called me after calling their child, they cry.” Volunteer at Pueblo Sin Fronteras, a humanitarian group that works in Mexico and the United States. He recorded nine in this declaration.
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Adam Klasfeld 3 Jul 18
Replying to @KlasfeldReports
“Not a night goes by without me crying, thinking that they aren’t with me and that they need me. Well I just want to tell the Government Committee to put yourselves in my place for a bit and think.” “M,” parent of 2– and 7-year-old children.
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Adam Klasfeld 3 Jul 18
Replying to @KlasfeldReports
“As of our last communication with them, none of the above individuals had been informed of plans to reunite them with their minor children, grandchildren, or other minor aged family members.” Senior staff attorney for ABA Immigration Justice Project, referring to families here.
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Adam Klasfeld 3 Jul 18
Replying to @repblumenauer
“I learned that the fathers were suffering from physical, emotional or psychological trauma as a result of being forcibly separated from their children.” Portland Democratic , describing his interactions with 123 men in Sheridan Federal Prison on June 16.
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Adam Klasfeld 3 Jul 18
Replying to @RepJayapal
“The women I spoke to were extremely upset. Many of the women cried during our meeting.” , D-Seattle, on meeting 174 women, mostly asylum seekers, inside the SeaTac Federal Detention Center on June 9.
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Adam Klasfeld 3 Jul 18
Replying to @KlasfeldReports
“Children who have been forcibly separated from their parents face not only this trauma, but also the trauma of having been torn from their parents, placed in detention centers and brought to new places and people that they may not know.” Catholic Charities, Boston, refugee dir.
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Adam Klasfeld 3 Jul 18
Replying to @KlasfeldReports
"I am confident that children’s rights have been or will be violated and that the State of New Mexico will be ill-prepared to provide a healthy environment for them should they be placed in New Mexico." Stanford University-based child advocate with 25 years experience.
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Adam Klasfeld 3 Jul 18
Replying to @KlasfeldReports
"My client reports that she wants to go back to 'my mama and my papa, and my three little sisters and my little brother' [ASAP]. After being separated from her father, she has no interest in remaining in the [US], even if she has a valid claim to legal status here." She's 8.
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Adam Klasfeld 3 Jul 18
Replying to @KlasfeldReports
"[It] is my belief that there are up to 300 total children separated from their families who are placed with these agencies and living in [NYC] at any given time, and that in recent months there have been over 350 separated children who have been placed in [NYC]."
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Adam Klasfeld 3 Jul 18
Replying to @KlasfeldReports
"[If] children in Oregon have no family or any other source of support in Oregon, it is likely that at some point in the future, the children will enter the Oregon foster care system or become dependent on some form of public assistance." He's referring to separated kids.
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Adam Klasfeld 3 Jul 18
Replying to @RepDonBeyer
"I remain concerned about the effects of the family separation policy and I anticipate learning of other similarly distressing stories about immigrant children being forcibly separated from their parents and then brought to Virginia." , D-Virginia
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Adam Klasfeld 3 Jul 18
Replying to @LIRSorg
"Of particular concern are children of tender age, for whom placement in foster care for several months represents a significant portion of their life & can create strong attachments. When these attachments need to be broken, the children experience add'l trauma." , VP
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Adam Klasfeld 3 Jul 18
Replying to @KlasfeldReports
These are all declarations from the first of three documents submitted in federal court. They represent roughly a third of the testimonies.
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Adam Klasfeld 3 Jul 18
Replying to @KlasfeldReports
As a 10-year veteran reporter on the court beat, I have read countless legal documents, some quite brutal. You develop a thick skin. These were heart-wrenching. My eyes welled up writing excerpts. I am pausing this thread for now and will return to it some other time.
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Adam Klasfeld 4 Jul 18
Replying to @KlasfeldReports
These families do not have a holiday today. Moving on to the testimonies from the second document, the largest one at 423 pages.
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Adam Klasfeld 4 Jul 18
Replying to @KlasfeldReports
First, clarifying the record of the thread on one typo in this tweet. There was an autocorrect error, and this should have read: “I feel as those I was going to lose my mind.”
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Adam Klasfeld 4 Jul 18
Replying to @KlasfeldReports
I also want to call attention to the part of the excerpt here where the mother testifies that authorities threatened to put up her son with "an American family for adoption. That scared me a lot."
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Adam Klasfeld 4 Jul 18
Replying to @KlasfeldReports
Now, back to the second document.
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Adam Klasfeld 4 Jul 18
Replying to @supportKIND
It "is evident to that there is no consistent policy for ensuring communication among separated children and parents." Policy director, Washington-based legal nonprofit
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Adam Klasfeld 4 Jul 18
Replying to @Call_Me_Dutch
"Both men struggled to maintain their composure while recounting the trauma that they experienced since coming to the [US] and ultimately broke down into tears. Our interpreter too broke down into tears, finding their stories too painful to bear." Rep. , D-MD
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Adam Klasfeld 4 Jul 18
Replying to @KlasfeldReports
"I am concerned that now the process for Maria's children to be reunited with my family will have to start all over again." D.C. resident, describing sponsoring her niece Maria, who emigrated from El Salvador with 2- and 7-year-old. Read the process.
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Adam Klasfeld 4 Jul 18
Replying to @KlasfeldReports
"I have made several calls to request access to Sheridan Federal Prison for the purpose of interviewing immigration detainees who were separated from their children. I have not received a single return call for any of the messages I left." Oregon DOJ investigator. See the dates.
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Adam Klasfeld 4 Jul 18
Replying to @KlasfeldReports
"The parents and children whom the defendants have separated at the border have not been afforded these visitation procedures, nor has there been any process to recognize or protect their rights." Deputy commissioner, New York State Office of Children and Family Services
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Adam Klasfeld 4 Jul 18
Replying to @KlasfeldReports
"I am very frustrated by this process and extremely worried about Agosto and his health and well being." Agosto is her 8-year-old great-nephew
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