CNN finds footage of already-fired shelter workers shoving migrant kids, turns it into ‘another dark stain’

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Footage of shelter workers in Arizona shoving and even dragging migrant children has led to backlash and an investigation pending possible criminal charges.

The disturbing video footage aired by CNN on Sunday focused on the alleged abuse of migrant children in a Southwest Key shelter, sparking outrage and renewed criticism of President Donald Trump for immigration policies which supporters assert are necessary regardless of the ‘bad apples’ in the bunch.

“We should warn our viewers this is absolutely disturbing,” CNN correspondent Nick Valencia said, introducing the video clip from September which allegedly showed staff at the Hacienda Del Sol shelter in Youngtown “pushing, shoving and even dragging these small undocumented migrants.”

The surveillance videos were obtained by the Arizona Republic through an open records request, according to CNN, and apparently showed a staffer shoving and pushing a child before cornering the child against a wall. Another worker was seen dragging another child in a video which, like the first, was blurred and edited by the state’s Department of Health Services.

According to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, the allegations will be reviewed by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.

“Based upon the evidence gathered during this thorough investigation, MCSO executive command has made the decision to submit the case to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office for its review and determination of criminal charges,” the office said in a statement on Sunday.

“After these incidents were brought to light, two of those staffers were fired. Another was disciplined,” Valencia noted in the CNN report.

The particular shelter, run by the largest provider of migrant shelters for children, was closed in October, according to CNN. State health authorities also considered shutting down other Southwest Key shelters in Arizona as the company could not prove that it conducts background checks on employees.

“[It’s] another dark stain on the story of migrants here in the United States,” Valencia concluded, igniting an expected outcry on social media and knee-jerk condemnation of the Trump administration for somehow being personally responsible for the reprehensible actions of shelter workers.

But their arguments were quickly doused with the cold water of hard facts as others exposed the truth CNN conveniently left out of its report.

Frieda Powers

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