DOJ Official Says Soap & Toothbrush For Migrant Children Aren’t Necessary


A part of all of our daily sanitation and general, healthy well-being are our access to soap to wash ourselves and toothbrushes an toothpaste to brush our teeth and keep our mouths clean, right?

Well, not according to a Justice Department lawyer, who The Associated Press reported as stating these items are “not required” to fulfill “sanitary conditions” for migrant children who are being detained by the Trump administration at the US-Mexico border.

The idiot who made the claim is Sarah Fabian, a senior litigation counsel member for the Department of Justice (DOJ). She made the claim to a three-judge panel at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Tuesday. This specific Court of Appeals has long-challenged various Trump administration policies and has been a welcome thorn in Trump’s backside.

The hearing was a result of a government appeal regarding a ruling that was handed down by a federal judge back in 2017. The judge found authorities violated the settlement after a group of detained children alleged that they were forced to sleep in inadequate conditions; and that they were not provided sufficient food.

When asked to specify on what items must be or should be provided to ensure that sanitary and safety measures are met, including the items in question; soap and toothbrushes, she said:

‘There’s fair reason to find those things may be part of safe and sanitary.’

Not satisfied with that answer, one of the judges again asked about specific items such as soap and a toothbrush. Fabian continued to push back and stated that they “aren’t necessarily required, dependent on the person’s length of stay.”


‘The issues date back years but mirror more recent allegations about the facilities amid a rise in the number of children and families, mostly from Central America, arriving on the southwest border. Five children have died since late last year after being detained by the Border Patrol, and a 17-year-old Guatemalan girl was found last week in a wheelchair with her premature baby at a border facility.’

The loophole seems to be that the 2017 ruling contains requirements that aren’t outlined specifically. The ruling is also outdated and, as a result, has been challenged by activists who state that its language of “safe and sanitary” conditions should extend to basic items such as personal hygiene items like soap and toothbrushes.

Not akin to concentration camps, huh? We think not.

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