OPERATION STREAMLINE - MAY 21, 2018 (from Laurie)
Today was the first time we heard about migrants in Operation Streamline who had been recently separated from their children. There were six Guatemalan parents, first-time crossers, on the day we heard reported. The parents were distraught and the lawyers and magistrate judge upset. No one seemed to know where the children were or how to expeditiously find out.
WAITING AT PORT OF ENTRY - JUNE 4, 2018 (from Sandra)
Today we heard first-hand reports of the desperate plight of the Guatemalans, Hondurans and Mexicans at the De Concini Port of Entry, women and children and some men, all fleeing violent situations, who are seeking asylum in the U.S. They are forced to live at the Port of Entry while they wait to be processed--only four or five families a day, and parents fear being separated from their children. No official care is given, though volunteers are coming forward to provide food, clothing, simple things like tooth brushes, toys for the children.