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Southwest Key: A look at one of the companies sheltering migrant children

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 5:20 PM

VIDEO: Audio Recording of Children Being Separated From Parents At Border Facility

Following the implementation of President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy, aimed at those who would cross the border illegally, upward of 2,000 children were separated from their parents as the adults were turned over for criminal prosecution.

While the adults went to jail, the children, some only infants, were placed in the custody of the federal government. After briefly being detained by the Customs and Border Patrol, the children were then transferred to the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services.

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From there, children were sent to shelters – around 100 in 17 states – until family or friends can take custody of them or they are assigned to foster homes or other centers.

One company providing shelter for thousands of migrant children that have come before and after the zero tolerance policy is Southwest Key Inc. For years the company has had contracts with the federal government to care for immigrant children. Those contracts have made the company more than $1 billion in the past decade.

Here’s are a few things to know about Southwest Key:

  • It’s a nonprofit organization that, according to its website “contracts with government agencies and private foundations to operate three types of programs throughout the country: youth justice programs, charter schools for kids in underserved neighborhoods, and shelters for immigrant youth. 
  • According to Bloomberg, Southwest Key has the most lucrative contract with the federal government and will be paid the “most among the organizations, government agencies and companies that run a detention and care system for immigrant children on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services.”
  • In fiscal year 2017, 11,100 minors went through Southwest Key facilities in Texas alone.
  • Since 2015, it has been awarded $955 million in federal contracts. According to U.S. Health and Human Services data, Southwest Key Inc. has made $1.5 billion from the federal government since 2008. It is on track to be paid more than $458 million in fiscal 2018.
  • Juan Sanchez is president and CEO. He started the company in 1987. In 2016, his compensation was $1.5 million.
  • The nonprofit also operates schools for minors in the custody of the juvenile justice system.
  • According to The New York Times, only 10 percent of children in Southwest Key facilities were separated from their relatives. The majority of minors housed by Southwest Key came to the United States alone as unaccompanied minors.
  • Casa Padre, the Southwest Key’s shelter that has garnered attention in the past week, is holding nearly 1,500 boys, ages 10  to 17 years old.
  • Casa Padre has classrooms, medical offices, on-call physicians, work cubicles, movie theaters, a barbershop and a cafeteria.
  • Southwest Key runs 26 immigrant children’s shelters in Texas, Arizona and California. It also operates in four other states, Georgia, New York, Wisconsin and Florida
  • The company issued a statement about the policy of separating migrant children from their parents saying:  "Southwest Key Programs does not support separating families at the border. For 30 years, our work in offering youth justice alternatives, immigrant children's shelters, and education have served to improve the lives of thousands of young people. We believe keeping families together is better for the children, parents and our communities, and we remain committed to providing compassionate care and reunification. For every child who has come through our shelter doors, we start on day one to reunite them with their parents or a family sponsor and to provide the kind of service that will help them thrive. This has been our priority for decades."
Dignitaries take a tour of Southwest Key Programs Casa Padre, a U.S. immigration facility in Brownsville, Texas, Monday, June 18, 2018, where children are detained. (Miguel Roberts/The Brownsville Herald via AP)

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Toronto shooting: 1 killed, suspect dead after gunman shoots 14 in Greektown, police say

Published: Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 5:33 AM
Updated: Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 2:19 AM

Plainclothes police officers work the scene of a shooting in Toronto on Sunday, July 22, 2018. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Plainclothes police officers work the scene of a shooting in Toronto on Sunday, July 22, 2018. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)(Nathan Denette/AP)

One person was killed and the suspect is dead after a gunman shot 14 people in Toronto’s Greektown neighborhood Sunday, police said. A child was among the injured, police said.

Here are the latest updates:

Update 2:01 a.m. EDT July 23: Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders said the child in critical condition is an 8- or 9-year-old girl, the Washington Post reported. He described the victim who was killed as a “young lady,” according to The Associated Press.

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No further information about the condition of the victims was immediately available.

Saunders said the shooter used a handgun in the rampage and was killed after exchanging gunfire with officers. The shooting did not appear to be random, Saunders said.

One witness, John Tulloch, said he heard as many as 30 gunshots, the AP reported.

A video circulating on Twitter appeared to capture the sound of gunfire.

>> Click here to watch (WARNING: Viewer discretion advised.)

Update 1:06 a.m. EDT July 23: The child who was shot, a young girl, is currently in critical condition, according to Toronto police.

Police say it is “too early to say whether the shooting is terrorism,” The Associated Press reported.

One city official, Councillor Paula Fletcher, said the shooting was not gang-related. Fletcher and Councillor Mary Fragedakis also said the gunman was emotionally disturbed.

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Some Ritz products recalled for potential salmonella presence

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 3:21 PM

Mondelez Global LLC has voluntarily recalled some Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits products (not pictured) due the potential presence of salmonella in an ingredient. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Mondelez Global LLC has voluntarily recalled some Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits products (not pictured) due the potential presence of salmonella in an ingredient. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Some Ritz products are being voluntarily recalled due to the potential presence of salmonella.

Mondelez Global LLC announced the voluntary recall in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands Saturday.

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The affected products are some Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits products. According to a news release, the products contain whey powder as an ingredient, and the whey powder supplier has recalled the ingredient due to potential salmonella.

Related: Bread, Swiss Rolls sold at Walmart, Food Lion, H-E-B recalled for potential salmonella presence 

Salmonella infection can lead to death for young children, frail people, elderly people and others with weakened immune systems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms of infection include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.

The specific products under recall are below. Images and UPC numbers of specific products are at the Mondelez International website.

  • Ritz Bits Cheese Big Bag, 3 ounces, best when used by dates 3/7/19 through 4/13/19.
  • Ritz Bits Cheese, 1 ounce, best when used by dates 3/7/19 through 4/13/19.
  • Ritz Bits Cheese, 12 pack carton, best when used by dates 3/8/19 through 4/13/19.
  • Ritz Bits Cheese, 30 pack carton, best when used by dates 3/3/19 through 4/13/19.
  • Ritz Bits Cheese, 1.5 ounce, best when used by dates 3/8/19 through 4/13/19.
  • Ritz Bits Cheese, 3 ounce Go Packs, best when used by dates 3/7/19 through 4/12/19.
  • Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches, 10.8 ounces, best when used by dates 1/14/19 through 2/11/19.
  • Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches, 1.35 ounces, best when used by dates 1/14/19 through 2/11/19.
  • Ritz Bacon Cracker Sandwiches With Cheese, 10.8 ounces, best when used by dates 2/5/19 through 2/6/19.
  • Ritz Bacon Cracker Sandwiches With Cheese, 1.35 ounces, best when used by dates 2/5/19 through 2/6/19.
  • Ritz Whole Wheat Cracker Sandwiches With White Cheddar Cheese, 10.8 ounces, best when used by dates 2/4/19 through 2/5/19.
  • Ritz Whole Wheat Cracker Sandwiches With White Cheddar Cheese, 1.35 ounces, best when used by dates 2/4/19 through 2/5/19.
  • Ritz Everything Cracker Sandwiches With Cream Cheese, 10.8 ounces, best when used by dates 2/6/19 through 2/8/19.
  • Ritz Everything Cracker Sandwiches With Cream Cheese, 1.35 ounces, best when used by dates 2/6/19 through 2/8/19.
  • Mixed Cookie Cracker Variety, 20 pack, best when used by dates 2/1/19 through 2/4/19.
  • Mixed Cookie Cracker Variety, 40 pack, best when used by dates 1/31/19 through 2/5/19.

Customers with the impacted products should discard the products. There have been no illnesses reported to the company related to the recalled products.

No other Mondelez Global LLC products are in the recall. For more information, customers can contact the company at 1-844-366-1171 24 hours a day.

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Trump tweets fiery warning to Iran's Rouhani: 'Never, ever threaten the United States again'

Published: Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 4:46 AM

Trump Announces Stance On Iran Deal

President Donald Trump took to Twitter late Sunday to issue a fiery, all-caps warning to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who told Trump hours earlier to stop "playing with the lion's tail ... or else you will regret it."

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"To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE," Trump wrote in the 11:24 p.m. tweet. "WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!"

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>> See the tweet here

Iranian state media called Trump's tweet "passive" and said he was just imitating previous remarks from Iranian leaders, The Associated Press reported.

Trump's comments came after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a speech slamming Iran, comparing its government to the mafia and accusing Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, of having "his own personal, off-the-books hedge fund called the Setad, worth $95 billion."

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"Sometimes it seems the world has become desensitized to the regime’s authoritarianism at home and its campaigns of violence abroad, but the proud Iranian people are not staying silent about their government’s many abuses – and the United States under President Trump will not stay silent, either," Pompeo said Sunday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library in Simi Valley, California. "In light of these protests and 40 years of regime tyranny, I have a message for the people of Iran: The United States hears you; the United States supports you; the United States is with you."

>> Watch his speech here

Pompeo's official Twitter account later shared several quotes from the speech. 

>> See the tweets here

 

– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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1 dead, 1 injured in Nevada church shooting, officials say

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 8:03 PM
Updated: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 9:35 PM

File photo. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
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File photo. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)(Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

A man fatally shot one person and injured another at a Nevada church during service Sunday afternoon, officials said. 

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One person is dead. The other victim was taken to a hospital with a leg injury, Fallon Mayor Ken Tedford told KOLO. The identities have not been released. 

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The suspected gunman, John Kelley O’Connor, 48, walked into Fallon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around 1 p.m., started firing, then left and walked home. He is in custody, Tedford told KOLO

“Our hearts go out to the family members of those who have lost someone and those who were in the church today where the tragedy occurred,” Tedford told KOLO.

The shooting happened in front of about 50 other parishioners, KOLO reported.

“It’s really too early to understand the motive,” Fallon Police Chief Kevin Gehman told KOLO. 

Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) shared his condolences on Twitter

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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