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Friday, August 16, 2019

Federal appeals court rejects Trump claim that kids in cages are not entitled to soap, toothbrushes and showers

Court rules: "Assuring that children eat enough edible food, drink clean water, are housed in hygienic facilities with sanitary bathrooms, have soap and toothpaste, and are not sleep-deprived are without doubt essential to the children's safety."
Image result for kids in cagesRead the full decision HERE.

Rights groups expressed relief on Thursday after a federal court dismissed a Trump administration appeal which argued that safe and sanitary conditions for detained immigrant children does not include providing basic hygiene necessities such as toothbrushes, soap, showers, and towels.

That the court decision was necessary underscores the cruelty of the Trump White House, said observers.

"The government of the United States of America was fighting against having to provide toothbrushes, soap, and showers to children," tweeted Andy Donohue, managing editor of Reveal.

In its opinion (pdf), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals strongly rejected the Trump administration's argument that certain basic necessities may not be required in some circumstances.

EDITOR'S NOTE: As if it needs explaining, it is this kind of conduct by the Trump administration that has led to the rise of the Jewish-led NEVER AGAIN campaign. Trump's prison camps, especially those for children, have led people of conscience to engage in protests such as the one earlier this week at the Wyatt private prison in Central Falls. - Will Collette


"Assuring that children eat enough edible food, drink clean water, are housed in hygienic facilities with sanitary bathrooms, have soap and toothpaste, and are not sleep-deprived," the ruling stated, "are without doubt essential to the children's safety."

Aura Bogado, immigration reporter for Revealcalled the decision a "big win for children and their advocates."

The court's ruling comes just weeks after Justice Department attorney Sarah Fabian stood before Ninth Circuit judges and argued that the Trump administration should not necessarily be required to provide detained immigrant children with toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, and other items.

Fabian's remarks quickly went viral and sparked widespread outrage.