Texas sheriff deputy charged for child abuse after allegedly blackmailing undocumented mother with deportation

Texas sheriff deputy charged for child abuse after allegedly blackmailing undocumented mother with deportationA Texas sheriff’s deputy has been accused of sexually assaulting an undocumented immigrant’s child, and blackmailing the mother with potential deportation to keep her quiet about the attacks. Jose Nunez, 47, is being held on charges of “super aggravated sexual assault” after the mother sought help at a fire department for her 4-year-old child, who had reportedly been crying out in pain. “The details of the case are quite frankly heartbreaking, disturbing, disgusting and infuriating all at the same time,” Javier Salazar, the Bexar County Sheriff, said during a press conference announcing the charges and circumstances.


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McAllen, Texas, immigration processing center is largest in US

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  2. Trump migrant separation policy: Children ‘in cages’ in Texas  BBC News
  3. 5 killed in Texas crash after SUV packed with immigrants flees Border Patrol, authorities say  Washington Post
  4. What It’s Like Inside a Border Patrol Facility Where Families Are Being Separated  The Nation.
  5. Texas Border Patrol center where immigrant families are separated draws lawmakers, protest  Los Angeles Times
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Texas deputy sexually assaulted undocumented immigrant's child, sheriff says

  1. Texas deputy sexually assaulted undocumented immigrant’s child, sheriff says  NBCNews.com
  2. Cop accused of sexually assaulting 4-year-old girl, threatening to have mother deported if she spoke up  The Mercury News
  3. Texas Cop Accused Of Molesting 4-Year-Old Girl, Threatening To Deport Her Mom If She Told  HuffPost
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  5. BCSO: Deputy accused of sexually assaulting girl, 4, threatened to have mom deported  KSAT San Antonio
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Texas Cop Accused Of Molesting 4-Year-Old Girl, Threatening To Deport Her Mom If She Told

  1. Texas Cop Accused Of Molesting 4-Year-Old Girl, Threatening To Deport Her Mom If She Told  HuffPost
  2. Cop accused of sexually assaulting 4-year-old girl, threatening to have mother deported if she spoke up  The Mercury News
  3. Deputy accused of sexually assaulting child, intimidating her undocumented mom into silence  USA TODAY
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Extreme heat warnings, flash flooding threat across Texas, severe storms from the Midwest to the Northeast

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Five dead after Texas police chase car full of immigrants 'suspected of smuggling'

Five dead after Texas police chase car full of immigrants 'suspected of smuggling'Five people have been killed and several others injured after an SUV suspected of smuggling illegal immigrants crashed while fleeing from Border Patrol agents in South Texas, authorities said. The driver of the car, who was transporting 13 other people, lost control while travelling at around 100 mph. The vehicle overturned on Texas Highway 85 and most of the occupants were thrown out of the vehicle, Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd said. “From what we can tell the vehicle ran off the road and caught gravel and then tried to re-correct,” Mr Boyd said, adding that “caused the vehicle to turn over several times”.


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Texas Border Patrol center where immigrant families are separated draws lawmakers, protest

  1. Texas Border Patrol center where immigrant families are separated draws lawmakers, protest  Los Angeles Times
  2. Crash kills 5 as van packed with migrants flees Border Patrol in 100-mph chase on Texas highway  New York Daily News
  3. Five undocumented immigrants killed after high-speed chase in Texas  NBCNews.com
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Children separated from parents at US border held in cages in Texas warehouse

Children separated from parents at US border held in cages in Texas warehouseInside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside. Scattered about are bottles of water, bags of chips and large foil sheets intended to serve as blankets. One teenager told an advocate who visited that she was helping care for a young child she didn’t know because the child’s aunt was somewhere else in the facility. She said she had to show others in her cell how to change the girl’s diaper. The US Border Patrol on Sunday allowed reporters to briefly visit the facility where it holds families arrested at the southern US border, responding to new criticism and protests over the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy and resulting separation of families. More than 1,100 people were inside the large, dark facility that’s divided into separate wings for unaccompanied children, adults on their own, and mothers and fathers with children. The cages in each wing open out into common areas to use portable restrooms. The overhead lighting in the warehouse stays on around the clock. Children who’ve been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the United States, rest in one of the cages at a facility in McAllen, Texas Credit: AP The Border Patrol said close to 200 people inside the facility were minors unaccompanied by a parent. Another 500 were “family units,” parents and children. Many adults who crossed the border without legal permission could be charged with illegal entry and placed in jail, away from their children. Reporters were not allowed by agents to interview any of the detainees or take photos. Nearly 2,000 children have been taken from their parents since Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the policy, which directs Homeland Security officials to refer all cases of illegal entry into the United States for prosecution. Church groups and human rights advocates have sharply criticized the policy, calling it inhumane. I saw chain link cages full of unaccompanied children. They sat on metal benches and stared straight ahead silently— Rep. Peter Welch (@PeterWelch) June 17, 2018 Stories have spread of children being torn from their parents’ arms, and parents not being able to find where their kids have gone. A group of congressional lawmakers visited the same facility on Sunday and were set to visit a longer-term shelter holding around 1,500 children – many of whom were separated from their parents. “Those kids inside who have been separated from their parents are already being traumatised,” said Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, who was denied entry earlier this month to children’s shelter. “It doesn’t matter whether the floor is swept and the bedsheets tucked in tight.” In Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, the busiest corridor for people trying to enter the US, Border Patrol officials argue that they have to crack down on migrants and separate adults from children as a deterrent to others. “When you exempt a group of people from the law … that creates a draw,” said Manuel Padilla, the Border Patrol’s chief agent here. “That creates the trends right here.” Agents running the holding facility – generally known as “Ursula” for the name of the street it’s on – said everyone detained is given adequate food, access to showers and laundered clothes, and medical care. People are supposed to move through the facility quickly. Under US law, children are required to be turned over within three days to shelters funded by the Department of Health and Human Services. People who’ve been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the United States, sit in one of the cages at a facility in McAllen, Texas Credit: AP Padilla said agents in the Rio Grande Valley have allowed families with children under the age of 5 to stay together in most cases. An advocate who spent several hours in the facility on Friday said she was deeply troubled by what she found. Michelle Brane, director of migrant rights at the Women’s Refugee Commission, met with a 16-year-old girl who had been taking care of a young girl for three days. The teen and others in their cage thought the girl was 2 years old. “She had to teach other kids in the cell to change her diaper,” Brane said. Just left Border Patrol Processing Center in McAllen—aka “the dog kennel.” Witnessed loads of kids massed together in large pens of chain-linked fence separated from their moms and dads. @realDonaldTrump, change your shameful policy today! #FamiliesBelongTogether— Chris Van Hollen (@ChrisVanHollen) June 17, 2018 Brane said that after an attorney started to ask questions, agents found the girl’s aunt and reunited the two. It turned out that the girl was actually 4 years old. Part of the problem was that she didn’t speak Spanish, but K’iche, a language indigenous to Guatemala. “She was so traumatised that she wasn’t talking,” Brane said. “She was just curled up in a little ball.” Brane said she also saw officials at the facility scold a group of five-year-olds for playing around in their cage, telling them to settle down. There are no toys or books. Demonstrators hold a large banner that reads “Humanity Is Borderless,” outside of a U.S. Border Patrol station in McAllen, Credit: Bloomberg But one boy nearby wasn’t playing with the rest. According to Brane, he was quiet, clutching a piece of paper that was a photocopy of his mother’s ID card. “The government is literally taking kids away from their parents and leaving them in inappropriate conditions,” Brane said. “If a parent left a child in a cage with no supervision with other five-year-olds, they’d be held accountable.” Dr. Colleen Kraft, the head of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said she visited a small shelter in Texas recently, which she declined to identity. A toddler inside the 60-bed facility caught her eye – she was crying uncontrollably and pounding her little fists on mat. Staff members tried to console the child, who looked to be about two years old, Kraft said. She had been taken from her mother the night before and brought to the shelter. The staff gave her books and toys – but they weren’t allowed to pick her up, to hold her or hug her to try to calm her. As a rule, staff aren’t allowed to touch the children there, she said. “The stress is overwhelming,” she said. “The focus needs to be on the welfare of these children, absent of politics.” 


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