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Charities 'strain' to cope with US migrant chaos

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Michelle Brane, director of migrant rights and justice at the Women's Refugee Commission, said the government lacked the necessary information to connect families, not always taking down proper details when children are separated.

She summed up the situation on the ground as chaotic with "a lot of confusion, conflicting instructions and information."

Hillary Clinton Raised A Stunning Amount Of Money For Migrant Kids

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Family separations have stopped, but how will children and parents be reunited?

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It wasn't until last week that the federal government began issuing identification numbers to families being separated at the border in McAllen, in South Texas, said Michelle Brané, director of migrant rights and justice for the Women’s Refugee Commission. 

Pentagon To House 20,000 Migrant Children On Military Bases

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“There’s conflicting instructions being given,” Michelle Brané, director of Migrant Rights and Justice at the Women’s Refugee Commission, told The New York Times. “It’s another example of this administration making these big, bold policy announcements with no plan for how they are going to implement them.”

Angry about Melania Trump's jacket? Go to IReallyDoCare.com

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Parker Molloy, a senior writer at Upworthy, tweeted that she had purchased the domain name and linked it to a pre-existing site where visitors can donate to 14 different organizations benefiting immigrants, like the ACLU, the Los Angeles-based Al Otro Lado, the immigrant youth-led United We Dream, and the Women’s Refugee Commission, among others.

Chaos at the Border

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Said Michelle Brané, director of migrant rights at the Women’s Refugee Commission: “It’s chaos. Everything is just moving really fast … I am not convinced they have a plan for reunifying those they have separated.”

There Are Effective Alternatives to Family Detention. The Trump Administration Already Ended One

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“We would be incredibly concerned if this administration moves towards family detention practices that we’ve seen in the past,” says Katharina Obser, senior policy advisor in the Women’s Refugee Commission Migrant Rights and Justice program.

Two boys sue the U.S. government for separating them from their fathers

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As the Women’s Refugee Commission, which routinely deals with families in the immigration system, recently noted, “the government can also place families into alternative to detention (ATD) programs. Unfortunately, the government eliminated one of its most promising and cost-effective ATD programs – the Family Case Management Program (FCMP) – last year, despite the fact that it is far more appropriate for families seeking asylum than either detention or separation.”

What Happens Now for Immigrant Kids Separated From Their Families? Here’s What We Know

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“There are two 1-800 numbers—one with ICE [Immigrations and Customs Enforcement] and one with the ORR—and they should be able to help parents and kids and even people outside the system find each other,” Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission, tells MarieClaire.com. “The problem is that those lines are overburdened, they’re busy, people can’t get through. And even when you do get through, it takes them a long time to get you answers and they might not call you back.”

Some of the 2,300 separated children are filed under the wrong name

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Michelle Brané, who runs the migrant rights program at the Women’s Refugee Commission, encountered a girl at the Border Patrol’s processing station in McAllen, Texas, whose name and age were wrongly recorded. After extensive sleuthing at the facility, she found the girl’s aunt and discovered she was four years old instead of two. “I don’t know how many others like that there might be out there,” she said during a conference call with reporters.

There’s a Better, Cheaper Way to Handle Immigration

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2007 report by the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service and the Women’s Refugee Commission found that children in family detention centers showed signs of severe depression and were subject to alarming disciplinary tactics, including threats to take their parents away. 

NEWS AND POLITICS Immigrant Detention Facilities Are Inhumane, Expensive, and Crowded

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“There’s conflicting instructions being given,” Michelle Brané, the director of Migrant Rights and Justice at the Women’s Refugee Commission told the Times on Thursday. “It’s another example of this administration making these big, bold policy announcements with no plan for how they are going to implement them. It’s adding to the chaos on the ground.”

Where Are the Beds? Challenges to Trump's Plan to Hold Families in Detention

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Michelle Brané of the Women’s Refugee Commission, a New York based advocacy group, said that while the Texas and Pennsylvania facilities are not currently full, “if they do start sending everybody there, they will fill up.”

She said temporary facilities could be set up at military bases “fairly quickly” but noted that a previous attempt by the Obama administration to rush the construction of a family detention centre had resulted in a facility that was “not even close to being compliant” with child standards.

Immigrant Child Taken From Family Was Getting Her Diaper Changed By Other Children!

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Michelle Brane, director of migrant rights at the Women's Refugee Commission, visited Texas' Rio Grande Valley holding facility, nicknamed "Ursula" — because of the street it's on, not because it's villainous and tortures poor, unfortunate souls. That's just one of life's sick jokes.

Confiscated items from immigrants go viral on social media

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According to the Huffington Post, "anything considered non-essential or potentially lethal is confiscated", and "the immigrants are supposed to receive a ticket for each of those items and get them back when they’re released," explained the director of migrant rights and justice at the Women's Refugee Commission Michelle Brané.

But, apparently, that system is not working.

Fate of immigrant children separated from parents at Texas border is unclear

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“It’s chaos,” said Michelle Brané, director of migrant rights at the Women’s Refugee Commission, a national advocacy group. “Everything is just moving really fast … I am not convinced they have a plan for reunifying those they have separated.”

Trump Is Trying to Find a Legal Way to Lock Up Even More Immigrant Families

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If they succeed, immigrant rights advocates warn, families could be kept together but held as long as their cases are pending—a policy that could continue to harm kids psychologically. “Changing one form of trauma for another is not a solution,” says Michelle Brané, director of the migrant rights and justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission. 

At least 2,000 children have been separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border — here's how to help

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The Women's Refugee Commission advocates for the rights and protection of women, children, and young adults fleeing violence and persecution.

The group is asking for donations to assist separated families who are seeking asylum — and has published a list of five actions people can take that go beyond monetary donations.

[WATCH] Kids removed from parents by Trump policy suffer lasting trauma

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Dr. Marsha Griffin, pediatrician and co-chair of The American Academy of Pediatrics Special Interest Group on Immigrant Health, mentions the Women's Refugee Commission in her interview on Rachel Maddow.

Where are the beds? Questions surround Trump's plan to hold families in detention

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Michelle Brané of the Women’s Refugee Commission, a New York based advocacy group, said that while the Texas and Pennsylvania facilities are not currently full, “if they do start sending everybody there, they will fill up.”