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Worker who quit immigrant child detention center in disgust calls it a ‘private prison’ full of traumatized kids

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Appearing on MSNBC an employee at one of the internment centers for immigrant children explained that he quit his job on Wednesday because of what he saw occurring at the Texas facility where he was employed.

Davidson, 32, described working at the facility as a youth care worker at the shelter and claimed things took a turn for the worse when the Trump administration recently started forcibly separating children from their parents.

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Davidson detailed his experience in the shelter.

“These kids were ripped from their parents and did not understand what was going on. The case that really broke the camel’s back for me, was the Brazilian kids. There was no one speaking to them in Portuguese. So they hardly even understood and they didn’t — nothing was ever explained to them well either,” Davidson said.

When Hayes asked if there were people taking care of the younger children around 4-5-years-old, Davidson said “no.” He said the facility is extremely understaffed.

“Not at all. We received one week of training, and now these kids are extremely traumatized. Workers put them to bed at the end of the shift that ends at 9:30 p.m. As much as the children are suffering, the workers are suffering. They’re kept in temporary positions and meanwhile, the CEO and his wife clear more than a million dollars a year in mostly federal tax money and undercut the services we need.”

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He said the facility is being run like a private prison.

“It’s a basic private prison deal in the guise of this shelter. So the people at the end of the day, when they have to put the kids to sleep have already worked an eight-hour shift and are often times asked to stay overtime. On top of that, these kids are running up and down the halls screaming, crying for their mom, throwing chairs. Everyone is tired. The under-trained staff are dealing with an increasingly traumatized population of minors.”

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GOP’s cancellation of presidential primaries could blow up in Trump’s face — here’s why

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In recent weeks, Republican state party committees have been moving to cancel presidential primaries to prevent Never-Trump conservatives, like former Reps. Joe Walsh (R-IL) and Mark Sanford (R-SC) and former Gov. Bill Weld (R-MA), from challenging the president from the right. So far, Republicans in Arizona, Kansas, Nevada, and South Carolina have all announced they will scrap the voting process for 2020.

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Mike Pence should be investigated for his part in Ukraine negotiations and ‘we need some answers’: Ex-prosecutor

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On MSNBC's "AM Joy" Saturday, former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance agreed with host Joy Reid that Vice President Mike Pence could be involved in the Ukraine whistleblower cover-up — and that Congress needs to act to learn the truth for the American people.

"Let me go to you on this very quickly, Joyce, because here's the question for Mike Pence," said Reid. "Mike Pence has been sort of severed from all of the other questions that are relating to potential impeachment for Donald Trump, that the House is wrestling with right now, but if Pence ... went in knowing why the aid was being held up, went in and spoke to the leader of Ukraine knowing what stick the administration had over them, and in that way was drawn in to this idea of using that stick to try to get what they wanted from Ukraine, does he then face the jeopardy of perhaps also being drawn into the questions of impeachment?"

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‘We’re not through’: After biggest climate protest in history draws 4 million worldwide, campaigners prepare for week of action

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"September 20th was a demonstration of intent, of 4 million people who took time off from work or school to say that they are ready to move on and make the changes we need."

As organizers behind Friday's Global Climate Strike reported that four million children and adults attended marches and rallies all over the world—making it the biggest climate protest ever—they assured leaders who have been reticent to take bold climate action that the campaigners' work is far from over.

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