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‘I Have No Idea Where My Daughter Is’: Migrant Parents Are Desperate for News

Many parents already had undergone weeks of anxiety as their children undertook the dangerous journey through Mexico, often in the hands of smugglers. Customs and Border Protection officials this week released a video of a sobbing 10-year-old Nicaraguan boy who had been found wandering in a remote area of Texas after he was abandoned by the group he was traveling with.

“The inhumane way smugglers abuse children while profiting off parents’ desperation is criminal and morally reprehensible,” the secretary of homeland security, Alejandro N. Mayorkas, said in a statement[1] in March. “Just this month, a young girl died by drowning, a 6-month-old was thrown into the river, and two young children were dropped from a wall[2] and left in the desert alone.”

Since arriving in the United States a decade ago, Ms. Mendez, 42, has juggled jobs as a housekeeper, a packer at a seafood processing plant and a chef’s assistant at a diner, sending $ 200 to $ 300 every two weeks back to her family.

Last year, Ms. Mendez watched her daughter graduate from high school by video. Cindy wanted to fulfill her dream of becoming a computer programmer, and the time to do that was now, she said.

As she headed north toward the border, Cindy checked in with her mother every few days.

To prepare for her arrival, Ms. Mendez painted her room pink, furnishing it with a new bed and a colorful princess spread. She hung helium balloons to make it festive.

Cindy reached Texas in early March and was intercepted by the Border Patrol, which took her to a processing center.

After an initial phone call from her daughter, Ms. Mendez waited anxiously for more news.

But weeks went by, and every time Ms. Mendez phoned a call center at the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is responsible for sheltering migrant children, she heard that her daughter’s case was “pending.”


  1. ^ said in a statement (www.dhs.gov)
  2. ^ dropped from a wall (twitter.com)

Miriam Jordan

Parents of 445 Children Separated By Trump Still Not Found, Filing Says

The parents of 61 migrant children who were separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border by the Trump administration have been located since February, but lawyers still cannot find the parents of 445 children, according to a court filing on Wednesday.[1]

In the filing, the Justice Department and the American Civil Liberties Union indicated slow progress in the ongoing effort to reunite families that were affected by a policy to prosecute all undocumented immigrants[2] in the United States, even if it meant separating children from their parents.

The update in the reunification efforts comes as the Biden administration struggles to address a growing number of migrants[3] seeking entry into the United States at the border with Mexico, including many children being held in jail-like facilities[4] for longer than the law permits because of overcrowding.

Of the 445 remaining children, a majority are believed to have parents who were deported, while more than 100 children are believed to have parents currently in the United States, according to the court filing. The government has yet to provide contact information that would help locate the families of more than a dozen children.

Though the court filing says that U.S. agencies and the A.C.L.U. continue to work together to reunite the families, the effort has proved to be more difficult as time passes[5]. The initial searches began years ago, under the Trump administration, after the policy of family separation was rescinded in the summer of 2018.

Only a fraction of the roughly 2,700 children who were initially separated under the policy still remain, and President Biden has indicated that reuniting those remaining children with their families is a priority. During his first week in office, Mr. Biden signed an executive order creating a task force led by Alejandro N. Mayorkas[6], the homeland security secretary, to focus on reuniting families.

Advocates for families separated at the border during the Trump administration continue to pressure the president to move faster to reunite them. Lee Gelernt, an A.C.L.U. lawyer who has waged a lengthy legal battle against Mr. Trump’s separation policy, said some progress had been made but much more needed to be done.

“We and the Biden administration have enormous work yet to do if we are going to fix the terrible abuses of the Trump administration’s family separation practice,” he said.


  1. ^ a court filing on Wednesday. (cdn.cnn.com)
  2. ^ prosecute all undocumented immigrants (www.nytimes.com)
  3. ^ number of migrants (www.nytimes.com)
  4. ^ in jail-like facilities (www.nytimes.com)
  5. ^ more difficult as time passes (www.nytimes.com)
  6. ^ Alejandro N. Mayorkas (www.nytimes.com)

Aishvarya Kavi

Yorkshire shepherdess and mum of 9 Amanda Owen blames parents for 'snowflake generation'

“I knew the baby was in the right position, so when I felt the familiar feelings I went downstairs and had the baby in front of the fire with my terrier as a birthing partner.

“Clive wasn’t desperate to be at the birth, he was asleep upstairs. I went and woke him up with the baby.”

The latest series of the Our Yorkshire Farm will begin on April 13 on Channel 5 and will feature 20 new episodes.

Amanda has also secured a two-year deal with the channel, meaning plenty more episodes are on their way.

Read the full interview in this week’s Radio Times – out now.

Parents sue Katy ISD for keeping mask mandate, after Gov. Greg Abbott lifted statewide requirement

A group of parents are suing the Katy Independent School District, calling its continued requirement for masks in schools unconstitutional and a violation of Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order from[2] last month that lifted the statewide mask mandate, among other COVID-19 safety restrictions.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday by a Houston attorney for parents Bonnie Anderson, Jenny Alexander, Doug Alexander, Heather Calhoun and Stephen Calhoun, takes issue with the district’s current safety protocols for in-person schooling, specifically its requirement that students wear masks in hallways, buses, and other common areas.

When Abbott announced his executive order, he did not address the ways rescinding the mask mandate affected public schools. In a later interview with radio host Chad Hasty, Abbott said he expected the Texas Education Agency to leave the decision to require masks up to local school boards[3].

The agency’s updated mask policy has allowed “local school boards have full authority to determine their local mask policy,” according to its website[4]. In public planning guidance, the agency also recommends the use of masks.

Under Katy ISD’s policies, students who don’t comply with the mask policy will be moved to online school and aren’t allowed to participate in other student activities. Those who have medical conditions that preclude them from wearing a mask must notify the school nurse and have documentation from their medical provider, according to the policy.[5]

The lawsuit also argues under the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Brown v. Board of Education that forcing students to switch to virtual school is a form of “separate but equal” discrimination.

The Supreme Court case’s ruling focused on segregation between Black and white students in public schools and discrimination on the basis of race.

Experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say attending school in person can be relatively safe, if schools can contain the community spread of COVID-19 and follow safety procedures — including the universal and correct use of masks[6].

Jared Woodfill, the attorney who filed the lawsuit, said the district’s mask policy is illegal.

“You don’t create a policy that is geared around a minority,” Woodfill said of the fraction of students and teachers who are at risk because of health conditions.

“You don’t shut down and force 99.9% of the people to wear a mask all day long,” he added.

Katy ISD responded to the lawsuit with a statement that it is complying with the agency’s public planning recommendations.

“Katy ISD continues to follow the Governor’s Executive Order GA-34 and comply with the Texas Education Agency’s Public Health Planning Guidance,” said the statement, obtained by Fox 26 Houston.[7]

The lawsuit cites multiple international studies that show children are at low risk from COVID-19 and that masks do not prevent the spread of the virus. Although children are infected at lower rates, they are capable of spreading the virus to at risk family members, and children with disabilities, who are immunosuppressed or have other health conditions are still at high risk for severe symptoms from the virus, according to the CDC[8].

In the past, TEA has opted against mask mandate enforcement in schools. Last November, the Tribune reported that North Texas-area Peaster ISD chose not to require masks as required, despite being in a county with more than 20 active cases. The agency said it would not take action because the concerns from parents “appear to be local in nature.”

Neelam Bohra

Just no! Horrified midwives list horrendous baby names they talked parents out of

It may not be part of the job description but health workers are taking on another role for the community, by stopping parents from picking ridiculous names for their children. Unsuspecting parents have chosen words for intimate body parts and toilets according to nurses and midwives who responded to a Reddit thread asking if they have ever had to step in to the naming conversation.
One user said: “I had a co-worker who told me she and her husband had decided to name the baby Latrine.

“I had to explain to her that she was naming her poor baby after the hole in the ground that soldiers s**t into.

“She was horrified and changed it to Katrina. Two days after the baby was born, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans.”

Another said: “I worked at a registrar for a while and among the birth certificates I got some of the standouts I saw were: Killer, Syphilis and Sweet Prayer Sunrise (this one was a boy).”

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A third said: “My boss’s friend named their kid Monster Galileo.

“The nurse tried to talk them out of it and called in child services. They insisted. The kid goes by Galileo.”

Another said: “My classmates’ mother was a maternity nurse and she had a couple who wanted to name their son Collin but wanted to give him a unique spelling for it.

“They spelled it out for her to put on the birth certificate C-O-L-O-N. They tried to name their son colon. As in, the organ attached to your anus.

“When my classmates mother explained this to them they were painfully embarrassed and asked her to write it down with the normal spelling instead. I don’t think they’ll ever live it down.”

A woman posted: “My boyfriend’s grandmother wanted to name her daughter Sunshine. The midwife said that was not allowed because it wasn’t a real name.

“His grandmother had no other back up baby names. So, a few minutes later when she heard someone down the hall screaming ‘Tina’, she named her daughter Tina because she couldn’t think of anything else on the spot.”

Another woman replied: “I am neither a nurse or midwife, but I once was paid to design birthday cards for a kid name Mileage (pronounced My Liege, like you would refer to a King).

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“Both the pronunciation and the spelling made me question why I deal with this customer base.”

Unfortunately, some names have slipped through the net, with parenting site Cafemom listing what they claim to be the weirdest baby names of all time:

1. X Æ A-Xii
4. Corona
5. Sanitiser
6. Version 2.0
8. $ helly
10. Google

Scripps Ranch parents fight to sit in stands during football games

Some parents say they expected to be able to watch their kids play in person based on guidelines put out by the California Department of Public Health.

SAN DIEGO — As local football teams gear up to play their first games in over a year, parents at Scripps Ranch High School are fighting for a chance to be able to watch those games in person. At this point, San Diego Unified isn’t allowing fans.

“It’s fantastic they’re finally getting an opportunity to play,” said parent Brian Stoney. 
Stoney added that his son, a varsity linebacker for Scripps Ranch, is excited for that opportunity. Stoney is as well, yet disappointed after learning about the rules in place.
“I don’t know what it is they’re afraid of. Why don’t they let us do this? It’s just like everything else with the San Diego Unified School District,” continued Stoney. “They keep pushing it further down the road and not making decisions for what’s in the best interest of the students and the families.”
Diane Merrigan feels the same way. Her son is also a linebacker on the team.
“We walk through the grocery store. We go through retail outlets,” said Merrigan. “We sit outside restaurants amongst strangers, so why wouldn’t the district allow parents of kids who are on the field to sit six feet apart from each other?”

Both Stoney and Merrigan say they expected to be able to watch their kids play in person based on guidelines put out by the California Department of Public Health.

In part, the guidelines read:
Limited observation of youth sports is allowed “to immediate household members, and for the strict purpose of age appropriate supervision. This includes observation of practice and competition.”

During this week’s San Diego Unified Board meeting, Superintendent Cindy Marten suggested the board review those guidelines and work to update its own by next week.

“So that parents can take part in this important part of high school life,” said Marten.

Stoney and Merrigan aren’t holding their breath, saying at that same meeting, parents hardly got a chance to speak on the matter.

“We sat for over five hours on a Zoom call on Tuesday night at a board meeting waiting for our chance to speak during public comments. They told us they would give us each three minutes to speak,” said Stoney. “When the time finally came after five hours, they gave us each one minute to speak.”
According to Merrigan: “It was just thank you very much….next.”

In the meantime, Stoney and Merrigan will continue to advocate for themselves and other families.

Another parent submitted a blueprint showing how they could attend games by sitting in pods, all while staying six feet apart.
“We figured out how to sit on a picnic table under a tent in a parking lot and eat at a restaurant, so I think we can sit on a bench in an open air football stadium and be safe,” said Stoney.
“I wanna see my child play and I will keep pushing and do whatever it takes,” continued Merrigan.
There will be a live feed to watch the games. Rules regarding fans are up to each district. For example, while Sweetwater isn’t allowing fans, Poway Unified is allowing fans.
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