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16 Jul 2018


Govt. contractor MVM admits it held separated migrant children overnight at unlicensed facility in Phoenix

"Contractor admits to holding kids overnight at unlicensed facility in Phoenix", 13 July 2018

A defense contractor admitted it occasionally held separated migrant children overnight at an unlicensed Phoenix facility... MVM Inc (...) canceled its lease for the building (...) Phoenix Councilwoman (...) said... If the company did, in fact, use the facility as a shelter, it could put it at odds with state and federal agencies... “We work diligently … to minimize the time that these children are in transit,” MVM spokesman Joseph Arabit told Reveal. “The process is a complex logistical undertaking with many things outside of MVM’s control, complicated by a recent spike in the number of children and families MVM was asked to escort... “[T]his led to some recent unavoidable delays when the period before a flight extended..." Arabit told Reveal it was a "regrettable exception" to MVM's policy to put children in hotels. Reveal confirmed, using information from an MVM database and children's immigration records, that two children stayed at the facility for more than 24 hours... ICE (...) is investigating cases in which children stayed at the facility overnight... Phoenix has no recourse against MVM (...) because the company didn't get caught violating city codes...