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How Do You Lose Nearly 1,500 Kids?

HHS official says agency lost track of nearly 1500 unaccompanied minors between October and December 2017.

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When unaccompanied minors arrive in the U.S., they are typically transferred from border patrol (or customs officers) to the custody of the HHS.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reunites the adolescent with a relative or another sponsor.

Minors leave their home countries seeking refuge in America due to a multitude of reasons; Violence from Wars, poverty, and to reunite with family members.

According to The Washington Post, the U.S. lost track of 1,475 immigrant children last year.

From October to December 2017, HHS called 7,635 children the agency had placed with sponsors, and found 6,075 of the children were still living with their sponsors, 28 had run away, five had been deported and 52 were living with someone else. The rest were missing, said Steven Wagner, acting assistant secretary at HHS.

HHS does not track unaccompanied minors who fail to appear at their immigration court hearings. Sponsors are meant to ensure that minors go to immigration court hearings.

Once a child is released to a parent or sponsor the HSS does very little to follow up, they no longer have any responsibility for that child.

Some argue that these children are missing because they have chosen to “go off the grid”, others worry that these children are victims of human trafficking.

These Guatemalan teens were forced by a third-party contractor to work against their will at Trillium Farms in Ohio — one of the country’s largest egg producers.

Their families raised $15,000 to help smuggle the teens into America, even selling their house notes. Once the boys made the dangerous trip across the border, they were detained by U.S. border patrol and sent to HHS as unaccompanied minors.

Instead of being safely settled in America, they were brought to Ohio, and forced to live and work in virtual slavery to pay off their debts.

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The alleged masterminds of the trafficking scheme (Ana Angelica Pedro Juan, 22, of Guatemala, and Her co-conspirators, Aroldo Castillo Serrano, 33, of Guatemala, and Conrado Salgado Soto, 53, of Mexico) are now in federal custody.

Trillium Farms itself has not been charged with any wrongdoing, but they have announced that they had no knowledge of trafficking teens working at their company.

“It’s just a system that has so many gaps, so many opportunities for these children to fall between the cracks, that we just don’t know what’s going on — how much trafficking or abuse or simply immigration law violations are occurring,” Republican chairman, Sen. Rob Portman

The Trump administration is actively seeking to criminally prosecute everyone that crosses the US-Mexico border, including parents. The policies are likely to separate many families as well as establish another prison pipeline.

These children will be placed inside the hands of the HHS who may quite possibly lose track of them.

The Trump’s administrations treatment and rhetoric about undocumented children is appalling considering that about 19 percent of unaccompanied minors are missing in the United States.

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Trump’s Aide May Go To Jail After “Doing It For The Gram”

“I don’t be on the ‘Gram goin’ ham, Givin’ information to the pork, that’s all spam,” – Jay-Z

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A federal judge has issued a new order hauling Trump advisor Roger Stone back to court for possibly violating a gag order by speaking about the case on Instagram.

Robert Mueller notified federal judge, Judge Amy Berman Jackson, that President Donald Trumps friend, Roger Stone, was in violation of the judge’s strict gag order due to an Instagram post.

Roger Stone is barred from criticizing Mueller’s team under a gag imposed on Feb. 21 after an Instagram image was posted of Amy Jackson’s face next to a rifle scope.

According to MSNBC correspondent, Ari Melber, it is now more likely that Stone will go to jail. The judge has already jailed another former Trump aide (Paul Manafort) for similar offenses.

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Toronto Police Will No Longer Charge First Time Shoplifters

The Toronto Police are trying to focus more of their attention on serious offenders and less on minor offenses.

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In a new pilot program called, Shop Theft, Toronto Police will no longer criminally charge first time shoplifters.

The program intends to allow Shopping Mall Security Guards to apprehend possible suspects of shoplifting. The security guard would call Toronto Police giving them all of their information.

Offenders must be at least 18 years old or older, have identification on them, be accused of stealing less than $1,000 worth of items, and be considered non-violent to not be charged their first attempt. If it is their first attempt they get let off with a warning, the second attempt will most likely result in an arrest.

The program has a 90-day testing period until the results will prove if the program should expand to more districts. The six-month pilot will run in divisions 51 and 52.

This year, Toronto had 16,667 shoplifting incidents reported to Toronto police as of Oct. 30

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‪Embassy Of Canada To Japan Appointed Alessia Cara As Study In Canada Goodwill Ambassador For 2018‬

Over 10,000 Japanese people per year obtain study permits to study in Canada.

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This year, 2018, marks the 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Japan. In commemoration of the 90th anniversary, the Embassy of Canada to Japan appointed Alessia Cara as Study in Canada Goodwill Ambassador for 2018

Alessia Cara is a 22 year old recording artist from Brampton, Ontario. She has received several accolades since starting her music career including the 2018 Grammy Best New Artist Award, 2016 Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award to the MTV Video Music Awards, the Canadian Music Awards and then the Radio Disney Music Award.

In January 1928, Japan and Canada reached an agreement to establish diplomatic relations.

The Canada–Japan relationship is based on shared values: the promotion of human rights, a commitment to democracy and respect for the rule of law. Japan and Canada have established deep economic, political and cultural ties, and the two countries continue to work on various issues at different multilateral forums.

Alessia’s second studio album, The Pains of Growing, will be out November 30th.

About Study in Canada

• Study in Canada takes many different forms—study at junior high and high schools, colleges, universities, language schools or other places. It is said that over 10,000 Japanese people per year obtain study permits to study in Canada for over 6 months. That does not include the vast majority of people who study for less than 6 months. Statistics from Languages Canada indicate that about 20,000 Japanese are in Canada studying the country’s official languages, English and French.

http://www.languagescanada.ca/web/default/files/LC_2016_SurveyReport_ENG_ExecutiveSummary.pdf

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