County Attorney to ICE: Officials Who Leave Kids Unattended May Be Guilty of Child Abuse

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Matthew Hendley
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.


Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery has issued a public warning that government workers may be guilty of child abuse if they leave migrant children unattended in Arizona.

"Federal officials who apprehend children in border enforcement actions and then leave them unattended at locations in Arizona may be guilty of felony child abuse under state law, warns Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery," a press release from Montgomery's office says. "In a letter to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Montgomery alerted the agency to possible criminal violations and called for an end to the practice."

We've asked the county attorney's spokesman for any instances in which this has actually happened. We didn't receive an immediate response.

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Montgomery's warning comes amid reports that there's an influx of unaccompanied minors from Central American countries showing up to the border in Texas, and being shipped to various places including Arizona due to overcrowding.

There are also reports of migrant families of women and children from Central America being dropped off at bus stations in Phoenix, and elsewhere, while they wait for immigration court dates. One of the volunteers for the Phoenix Restoration Project, which helps provide necessities for these families, told us last week that there are no unaccompanied minors being dropped off at the bus station.

Instead, various news accounts details how the holding facilities for these children are becoming incredibly overcrowded.

Montgomery actually concedes in his letter to ICE that it's "unclear" whether federal officials are actually abandoning children at bus stations, but blames President Obama nonetheless.

"The actions by the federal government under the administration of Barack Obama to transfer women and children who have entered the United States of America without lawful authority from Texas to bus stations in the State of Arizona are appalling," Montgomery says. "To the extent that even one unaccompanied minor under 16 years of age has been transferred to a bus station without regard for food, water or shelter or access to the same may also constitute felony child abuse under Arizona law. Cases submitted to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office for such conduct may subject federal officials to prosecution by my office and we will not hesitate to seek appropriate punishment."

We'll update this post if/when we get a response from the county attorney's office.

UPDATE June 10, 6:19 a.m.: No response.

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Jimmy Green
Jimmy Green

Well no effing s h i t. Also. Reckless endangerment of the adults. Why haven't you posted the national guard at the nm border yet?

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

These children should be bused to the white house lawn and housed in government tents

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

Lets all applaud our new arrivals they haven't been here 2 weeks and they are already complaining about how their being treated ,fed and housed.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Rachel Maddow devoted a segment of her show to the AZ kiddie-immigrant issue. She spoke with NBC News Matt Potter who reported from Nogales. It appears that ICE is doing somewhat better managing the problem than Jan, Monty and local media would have us believe. In his estimation, ICE is getting them housed (although the sleep on "cots"), they can take showers and they're being adequately fed. In addition, they're having contact with consular officials from their countries of origin (Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador). Potter says they're being processed as fast as humanly possible. Afterward, they're being moved to facilities provided by Housing and Human Services. Bottom line, the situation is not quite so dire as we've been led to believe thus far. But that still doesn't answer the basic question of why they were bused to AZ. It is hard to believe that adequate facilities don't exist in the great state of Texas to handle this flood of kiddie-immigrants. A couple more items. Supposedly these kids would be in danger of getting killed in their countries of origin. You know, drug trafficking-related violence and political unrest. Then, it is believed that most of them already have family in the U.S. (moms and dads!).

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

We are being advised there could be 90 thousand of them by the end of the year and the Obama administration has no plan except to house them in military bases until a relative shows up. Canada and Mexico have plans in place to deal with this, they simply return these people back to where ever they belong it is a good deterrent.The debacle playing out now is an Obama administration made crises not Arpaio's or Brewer's or Montgomery's

RetiredArmy
RetiredArmy

Talk about hypocrisy!! This is the guy that keeps migrant mothers in jail separated from their families, and without the possibility of setting bail, just so he can extort a guilty plea and separate the mothers further from their children.

Erick Lear
Erick Lear

Laughable! Let's waste more AZ tax money by charging federal employees for doing their jobs. The alternative is firing them for refusing to do their jobs. Who elects these people? SMH

Cris Cross
Cris Cross

What ever happened to jan brewers big fat mouth. Id expect her to be loving this.

Cris Cross
Cris Cross

They dont give a crap. Thats why they just dump them here.

FRONTERA
FRONTERA

GRACIAS  Mr. PRESIDENT , " You got the Kenwood banging" ...

Shawn Michael Taco
Shawn Michael Taco

Read the actual article you idiots... It's never actually happened.

Connie Harrington
Connie Harrington

another one of AZ's village idiots, election year Bill ? Think you can really "do" anything against the Federal government.....get your buddy Arpaio & Brewer & leave Az, soon

Dawn DeMarco
Dawn DeMarco

Go get them Bill! It is horrible what they are doing to these children. Put all of them on adult supervised buses and send them to the White House! I'll volunteer for a bus ride!!!!!

Doug Cleland
Doug Cleland

President Obama says " Merry Christmas Jan brewer."

Slappy
Slappy

Give the young teens to Babeu.  

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

LMAO what the fuck is MontyPug gonna do?

It's a smokescreen. Election year politics and an empty threat from an empty suit named Bill Montgomery.

JoeArpaioFan
JoeArpaioFan

All aid from the state must be cut off.  It should be ICE's duty to provide them with the necessities, not the job of the state.

JoeArpaioFan
JoeArpaioFan

Actually it's called Human Smuggling.  And since ICE can do it, so can everybody else.  Purchase a few good passenger vans you're good to go.

belial
belial

The last democrat president was impeached, lets hope the current one is impeached and removed.

bunnywhiteboots
bunnywhiteboots

Why aren't you libtards down in nogales right now adopting these families? you entice them to come and then just abandon them?

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@eric.nelson745 Well by your reporting its comforting to know the invader's are being taken care of gee I hope the teenage girls who are pregnant are getting the medical care needed we wouldn't want our future baby citizens damaged in any way would we.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@RetiredArmy Sorry about all the conservative crap on this thread. I get hammered by it all the time.

(USN Ret.)

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

retired army: Your comment is spot-on! Like law enforcement and ADC prison exec put in charge of almost 7,000 un-investigated CPS cases, rather than professionals in social and human services? A multi-disciplinary approach is needed. These are families in crisis, not all are criminals, like law enforcement is trained to deal with it.

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@RetiredArmy This crises has nothing to do with Arizona  asshole it was manufactured by tyrant Obama period. The illegal immigrant you champion knows he or she is deportable if exposed but they go ahead and have kids here anyway and jerks like you blame other's. Only a sick bastard would condone what those people are putting their children thru like dragging their children thru the dessert or dropping anchor's either way its child abuse on their part law enforcement had nothing to do with the illegal immigrants immoral behavior

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

Most of our failed federal agencies had their leadership posts filled by liberal democrats appointed by Obama.

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

Yeah Obama is some crises manager isn't he

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@arizonanewtimes.com Just because you were force to be a sex slave when you turned 8 doesn't mean it's how others should be treated Jaffy!

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

So was Andrew Johnson numbnuts. He was spared impeachment by a single vote.

Dick Nixon resigned facing certain impeachment bel.

JoeArpaioFan
JoeArpaioFan

@belial Oh he should be impeached without a doubt.  When he placed his hand on the Bible in 2008 and 2012 and swore to uphold our Constitution he lied just like he lies about everything else.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@belial OH, and BTW, when Gingrich was trying to nail Clinton for a BJ, he himself was cheating on wife #3 with soon-to-be wife #4!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@belial When are those trials for war crimes for the last GOP Pres and VP?  You notice how neither can leave the US without fear of arrest?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@bunnywhiteboots Why aren't you doing your school work so you can finally pass the 8th grade, as you are getting close to 30 years old!


Now be a good little Jaffy and run away!

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@john043012 @eric.nelson745 You were born in 1912, the year Arizona was admitted to the Union? What's your secret for a long life? I'll bet you don't chase women.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

WK, maybe JAFfy's one of Seagal's Louisiana-based sex slaves....

JoeArpaioFan
JoeArpaioFan

@WhoKnows @arizonanewtimes.com I didn't say they should be. Just secure the damn border!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@arizonanewtimes.com @bunnywhiteboots Jaffy.  Everything you do isn't a "no-no".  It's a "poo-poo" in your pants!

JoeArpaioFan
JoeArpaioFan

@WhoKnows As usual, when you are starting to lose the debate you cry racist and garbage. He's right!  And why aren't you there to help?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@arizonanewtimes.com What country are most of these people FROM Jaffy?  Do you have a CLUE?  (hint - it is NOT Mexico!)

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

I know what impeachment is. I'm pointing out that the first president impeached wasa dem. You obviously don't know me. I'm from Virginia.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@arizonanewtimes.com What is "racist" about pointing out you are in your 30's and never passed 8th grade, you poor little child?

HometownHero
HometownHero

You have also claimed repeatedly to be from Massachusetts...so which is it?

electrictestes
electrictestes

@MaskedMagician1967 no, you pecked out "spared impeachment by a single vote," the vote was the impeachment. and you call people numbnuts, whatever that means. Nixon resigned after impeachment, but before removal from office. You did not know what impeachment is, but a smarter person has informed you today. you're welcome.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

If you're speaking to me, I lived in MA for 13 years. I was born in Virginia. Arpaio and Babeu are both from MA.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

Nixon was NOT impeached. He resigned before the House voted on impeachment. Goldwater and Rhodes advised Nixon impeachment was certain.

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