After individuals across the U.S. pushed to have ICE officials put a stop to separating immigrant families at the U.S. border and demanded that children be released from immigration detention centers, issues continue to surface even after President Trump gave the green light to implement these changes. According to KII TV, a toddler in Texas recently died after being released from an immigration detention center in South Texas. The American Immigration Lawyers Association first publicized the child’s death earlier this month, although they have not yet released any personal information pertaining to the child. The cause of death has not yet been reported either.
The news outlet stated that the family of the deceased toddler has decided to hire an immigration attorney of their own to represent them in the matter and state officials are requesting that more information be shared pertaining to the child’s death so that they can conduct an investigation of their own. If you weren’t aware, the Department of Family and Protective Services is responsible for investigating allegations of abuse and neglect against a child, including “immigrant children who are being housed at dozens of residential facilities across the state.”
Now, although it isn’t clear what contributed to this toddler’s death, State Rep. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston has asked that “state officials stop issuing licenses for companies to operate residential shelters until an investigation into the toddler’s death is completed.” But, according to Victoria Ford, who is the interim chief operating officer at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, “the state is required by law to issue licenses to entities who file the appropriate paperwork and meet the requirements for operating a shelter.”
 
Unfortunately, this isn’t the only potential case of abuse and/or neglect the department is investigating.
 
The truth is, after children in TX began being separated from their families and held alone in facilities all across the state of Texas, numerous complaints have been filed regarding abuse and neglect. In fact, the news outlet reported that the department has conducted 51 investigations “into allegations of abuse and neglect at facilities that contract with the federal government to house immigrant minors” between December and July.
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While ICE believes the conditions they allow these migrant children to live in are acceptable, after hundreds of children were taken into custody over the past few months, the facilities housing them began receiving a significant amount of scrutiny. And despite the fact that many have already been released, there are still hundreds of children that have yet to be reunited with their families.
Now, if you know someone who is currently facing these circumstances and is in need of legal aid, USAttorneys.com is here to let you know we can connect you with some of the best immigration lawyers in and nearby to Corpus Christi, TX. Our lawyers are highly skilled and have helped hundreds and even thousands of individuals faced with an immigration-related issue get it resolved. So, if you would like to be connected with a professional who can help you or someone you know, contact us today.

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