Virginia Dems press White house for answers on alleged abuse of the children of immigrants in your state

The Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center in Staunton, Va., 20. June 2018. Immigrant children at the age of 14 to say that they were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods of time in solitary confinement, on the left, naked and shivering in the concrete cells.

(Associated Press)

Virginia’s two U.S. senators are urging the trump administration, to answer questions about the alleged abuse of illegal immigrants-children in your country between 2015 and 2018.

Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, both Democrats, sent their questions to the head of the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement, questions about the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center in the vicinity of Staunton, Virginia.

Their concerns were Thursday awakened process, the revelation of a court, in the six Latino teenagers sworn statements detailing severe abuse they said they suffered at the facility between 2015 and 2018 was made under the Obama and Trump administrations.

U.S. sen Tim Kaine, D-Va., along with other sen. Mark Warner, sent questions to the head of the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement through the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center in the vicinity of Staunton, Virginia.

(Associated Press)

The youth claimed they were beaten while handcuffed, locked up in solitary confinement and left naked and freezing in their cells. Some have also accused the center-guard took their clothes and strapping chairs with bags over their heads.

According to court filings, the lawyers, the custody institution, denied all allegations of physical abuse.

The two senators asked if the regulatory authorities have been notified of complaints about the facility and to punish whether there is a mechanism in the system employees who abused children in state custody.

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.

(Associated Press)

The senators ” effort also follows Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s announcement on Thursday that he targeted government officials, to begin a study of claims.

Northam, a Democrat, said the allegations were disturbing, and ordered to report to the state Secretary of public safety and homeland security and the Department of Juvenile Justice, to him, ” to ensure the safety of each child who is held there.”

The Shenandoah-center, to lock although originally founded, to the local children charged with serious crimes, is among the three youth correctional facilities met in the nation from the Federal government to offer contracts to secure placement for the children of immigrants who had problems in other residential facilities.

Since 2007, more than half of the almost 60 beds in the facility occupied by immigrant adolescents of both sexes, who were facing deportation proceedings or who are waiting for decisions on asylum applications. The Federal government in the past year, the center gave more than $4 million for the children’s house.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @Lukas mikelionis.

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