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Obama’s Illegal Child Jails

The Obama administration is operating illegal jails in New Mexico and Texas that put the lives of children at risk of serious illness, injury, or death.

The reasoning is simple: the new jails opened in Artesia, New Mexico and Karnes City, Texas  violate important child care regulations by exposing children to an extraordinary risk of becoming seriously ill.

In Texas, a Child Day Care Center cannot admit a child to its care if the child has a temperature above 101 degrees which is accompanied by behavior changes or other signs or symptoms of illness. Day care operators also cannot admit a child if they show signs of severe illness such as lethargy, abnormal breathing, uncontrolled diarrhea, two or more vomiting episodes in 24 hours…or other signs that the child may be severely ill.

In New Mexico, the rules are virtually the same.

Yet in Karnes City, Texas and  Artesia, New Mexico, sick children sleep in the same room as healthy children. The kids share the same space and cannot be sent home to prevent systemic outbreaks of viral and bacterial infections.

It is no wonder that my 17-month old Client, Mateo, had a high fever for 17 straight days in Artesia, New Mexico, resulting in his hospitalization to be treated for pneumonia. After only 2 and a half days in the hospital, Mateo was returned to Artesia, where he became sick again with a high fever for 13 days straight.

There have been sporadic reports regarding the fact that the child jails are not licensed by the States of New Mexico and Texas. This was not an oversight, it was intentional. The Obama administration cannot operate jails for young children and babies without running afoul of important regulations regarding the care of children.

In a detention environment, it would be impossible to effectively insulate the sick from healthy children given that everyone is locked up in the same facility and that children must be given room to play.

As a result, the lives of children and babies are being put at grave risk, Forget policy. This is illegal and must be stopped.

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