Published: Fri, January 04, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Videos show staff dragging, shoving immigrant kids

Videos show staff dragging, shoving immigrant kids

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office investigated incidents that took place on three days in September and now prosecutors will decide whether to bring charges.

In a second video, two staffers drag two children, who appear to refuse to stand, into another room. Another adult is seen forcing a different child through the room, carrying and eventually dragging the child through a door, followed by yet another staffer pushing and dragging a third child through the same door. Another staff member is also pulling a child into the same room by their arms as other activity goes on as if nothing untoward is happening.

Another video shows a female employee dragging a child through a room.

The incident reportedly happened in mid-September.

'Southwest Key's lack of ability to deliver a simple report on the critical protections these children have against unsafe felons demonstrate an utter disregard for Arizona law, the mutual agreement with the department, and calls into question the privilege you enjoy operating a health care institution in the state of Arizona, ' Christ said in a letter to the nonprofit.

According to a source with direct knowledge of how the incidents in the videos were handled, Southwest Key self-reported to the Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Refugee Resettlement and local police at the time the events occurred.

The children housed in Youngtown and Phoenix were moved to other Southwest Key facilities.

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The Arizona Republic blurred the videos in question so the faces of both the children and staff are not visible.

Maricopa County prosecutors in Arizona are considering potential criminal charges after reviewing footage of children being dragged, hit, and shoved by staff members at a detention center near Phoenix.

Surveillance videos of staffers at a Southwest Key shelter in Arizona pushing and shoving migrant children are under review for possible criminal charges.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement oversees shelters for migrant children who come to the USA alone or who are separated from their parents.

Get push notifications with news, features and more. The organization, which is officially a nonprofit run by millionaire Juan Sanchez, has collected more than $1.7 billion in federal grants over the last decade, including $626 million in the a year ago.

Southwest Key is a Texas-based nonprofit organization that operates shelters for unaccompanied immigrant minors.

The shelter had been the site of additional reports of sexual assault involving children, dating back to 2015. "Serving as chief executive, he was paid $1.5 million a year ago - more than twice what his counterpart at the far larger American Red Cross made".

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