Unaccompanied children to receive services from Southwest Key

southwest-keyA guard sits in front of the College Place, the new Southwest Key facility north of Downtown Tucson, as it is undergoing final preparations for housing a portion of the unaccompanied children from Central American who have been processed through the Nogales Border Patrol Station.

Guards are not allowed to answer any questions, nor are they even allowed to direct visitors as to whom questions might be referred.

Recently, Southwest Key announced that they currently have 272 job openings for their facility in Tucson alone. The organization is advertising for cooks, caseworkers, administrative assistance, care providers, educators, and a more. According to Southwest Key’s job descriptions posted online, many positions require that employees are bilingual and have previous childcare or case management experience.

Employees are being hired by Southwest Key for the Unaccompanied Minors Shelter Program with jobs available in Mesa, Glendale, Tucson, and Phoenix.

The Department of Health And Human Services through/Administration for Children and Families is also hiring ten Field Program Specialists in Tucson. Field Program Specialists “will provide authoritative advice to DCS-contracted case coordinators and DCS care provider programs in the development and implementation of care and placement plans for unaccompanied children.”

According to the Southwest Key website, they operate “68 juvenile justice and family programs, safe shelters for immigrant children, schools, and community building initiatives.” Over 200,000 kids and their families receive services annually in Texas, California, New York, Georgia, Arizona, and Wisconsin.

Southwest Key was started by Dr. Juan Sánchez, who “shaped by his experiences as a young migrant worker,” according to the website. Sanchez, listed on the website as “El Presidente/CEO,” graduated from Harvard University with a doctorate from the School of Education.

In the 1990s, Southwest Key opened shelters for unaccompanied minors. According to sources, Southwest Key works closely with the Division of Children Services/Unaccompanied Alien Children program within the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is an office of the Administration for Children and Families/Department of Health and Human Services. The Homeland Security Act of 2002, Section 462, transferred responsibilities for the care and placement of unaccompanied alien children (UAC) from the Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service to the Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

Southwest Key is the largest provider of shelter services to unaccompanied minors in the United States.

In 2007, Southwest Key Programs implemented “a new model to help diversify its sources of revenue.” Southwest Key Programs formed Southwest Key Enterprises, Inc., a for-profit holding company with a portfolio of several small businesses, including Southwest Key Workforce Development, LLC, Southwest Key Maintenance, LLC, Southwest Key Café del Sol, LLC, The Blooming Florist, LLC, Southwest Key Green Energy & Construction, LLC, and Southwest Key Youth, Family, & Transportation Services, LLC to create “jobs for low income residents while bringing in funds to support the nonprofit.”

Much discussion has centered on the recent efforts by Tucson Unified Governing Board member Adelita Grijalva to have Southwest Key use the district’s empty schools as shelters for the unaccompanied minors once they have been processed through the Border Patrol Station. Grijalva and her father, former TUSD Governing Board member and current Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Representative Raul Grijalva, have used the District’s schools for years to promote their economic interests or political agenda.

Until the vast majority of unaccompanied minors in Southwest Key’s care eventually begin filling up the empty TUSD classroom seats, long ago abandoned by residents of Tucson, among the positions open at the Tucson facility is Lead Teacher.

The job posting reads:

The Lead Teacher is a professional leader in organizing the Education Department in partnership with Program Director or designee. The Lead Teacher is responsible for curriculum development which facilitates instruction appropriate for students with a variety of academic competencies, backgrounds, skills, and learning needs. To design and implement daily instruction of all core subject areas to include: ESL, PE and Vocational Courses. The Lead Teacher is to promote a positive climate of learning and excellence where students have the opportunity to enhance their developmental growth.

Grijalva should take heart however.

While she may not get her hands on the kids right away, she should take comfort in the fact that Southwest Key “provides a transformative education,” which is “culturally-relevant.” Grijalva has fought hard for the transformative Critical Race Pedagogy which now serves as the basis of the District’s Culturally Relevant Curriculum.

According to sources, between 140 and 200 unaccompanied minors are being processed in and out of the Nogales Border Patrol Station daily. Of those, according to the Office of Refugee Settlement past practices, only a small percent will be returned to their country of origin.

At the current rate of intake, approximately 36,000 children will be processed though the Border Patrol Station. Of that, an unknown number of innocent children, who were sent here by parents hoping for a better life and the American Dream, will learn mostly of the great injustice fostered by our system, and be compelled to become agents of change.

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  1. Nothing like exploiting children to line your pockets with stolen money from the taxpayers.

    Liberals and radical marxist chicanos (Adelita, Raul and HT Sanchez) see big bucks in these ‘unaccompanied’ children. Each one is an opportunity to create a future dependent democrat and indoctrinate them to the Hate America, Hate the White Man, so faithfully led by Raul Grijalva and Barack Obama.

    Viva MEChA, Viva LaRaza, Viva Meheeecoooo!

  2. All of this is paid for of course by the taxpayer of this country. Wonder when the hell they will be tired of attempting to support the rest of the world and its problems. Now its the kids that Obama has lured to this country with his false promises of amnesty. With them they bring their diseases that will spread to us. That has been one of the keystone issues of immigration that the legal immigrant must be healthy and be able to prove it. Now it makes no difference, just come across the river and the US will take care of you no matter how sick or poor you are. The taxpayers of this once great country are so stupid that they really don’t have a clue what this influx of children will do. The progressives and liberals simply don’t want to acknowledge the fact that this is perhaps one of the biggest illegal invasions of this country and our politicians also choose to look the other way as our borders now mean nothing. A country can’t stand for long with no borders and our current administration refuses to place any priority in sealing the border. We are so screwed.

  3. AND this is just an unexpected situation! Sure it is:

    Look at when this was posted on FedBizOps where the federal govt puts out bids for services and contracts. In was in Jan 2014.

    Stunning: DHS solicited bids for vendor to handle 65,000 unaccompanied minors — IN JANUARY!

    By Thomas Lifson

  4. I wish I could take credit for this quote but I can’t:

    Democrats had sixty years of virtually unbroken power in Congress – with substantial majorities most of the time. Can a group of smart people, studying issue after issue for years on end, with virtually unlimited resources at their command, not come up with a single policy that works?

    Live it love it tell your friends. The government has become a total and complete failure.

  5. It’s unfortunate the busses and whatever vehicles that brought these people couldn’t be turned around and sent back! It was done in California. It should have been done here. Block the roads. Do whatever had to be done to turn the busses around. This is a planned invasion. We will mourn the loss of our country on the 4th. There will be no celebration for us. We don’t feel like celebrating. There are MANY of our friends, family and associates who feel the same.

  6. The one world government conversion has begun. Obama will forever be remembered as ushering it in.

    Remember: You don’t get your vote back. Once it’s been wasted it stays wasted.

  7. If only the president from Reagan forward actually did their upheld their oaths of office, and actually followed through with the requirements set forth in the 1986 amnesty immigration bill to secure the borders.

    This time Obama can blame the other AND himself; he’s had 5 1/2 years to secure the borders. Instead his former minion, “Nappy”, claimed it was already secured, and so the administration proceeded with plans to invite everybody from central America to the USA. After all, they are already Americans, according to Tio Joe, and Just coming from the local community (with an international border) according to Abuelita Pelosi; and Ole Jebediah Bush claims they are simply doing it of of “love”.

    These democrat and RINO politicians are delusional.

  8. Why doesn’t Southwest Key help OUR veterans? Our homeless? Our drug users? Our ex cons? Our liberals?

  9. Wow… Do you see how selfish you sound right now. Maybe we should take the one world order and start feeding everyone like we are capable of doing. Or maybe everyone can still stand on stolen land and scream and yell when immigrants come to whos land??? Exactly. Karma is a big sandwhich that we will eat very soon… So buckle up and accept it. It is our fat over consuming drug addicted nation which is creating and enviroment where parents actually need to send their small children away.. Maybe step in their shoes before you all talk so much.

    • Selfish, my ass! We have enough problems paying our OWN bills due to this administration’s failed policies in which we all have LESS disposable income, stagnating wages, and rising inflation. As for the ‘stolen land’ comment. Ha! I’m half Chiricahua Apache. Maybe I should go tell the kids, and ALL of Tucson to “Get the hell off Indian land.” Wonder how far THAT would fly! And then we have city CLOWNCIL woman Regina Romero welcoming those invaders with open arms. Wish we could send them ALL back, and take all the libs, dems and Romero with ’em. No. I’m not a Republican. I’m an Independent. BOTH parties of this once-great nation suck and I will NOT be affiliated with either of them.

  10. La Conquista – La Raza Rackets – Staging the Insurgent Forces?
    Some news for you.
    This is a Strategic Military Operation…Covert Insertion…
    Border Jumping Criminal Immigration is OVER…
    This Nation does NOT need even (1) more Border Jumping Criminal, Insurgent, Occupier, Invader.
    This current wave, or assault is an Invasion Force, and it sis a WAR for resources.
    It is a Military Strategy to over-run the good nature, resources, and finances of the American People.
    This Military/Criminal Operation is using alleged “Children” as a “Human Shield”.
    It needs ended Immediately.
    This is Military Strategic Planning using a Totalitarian Ideology.

  11. A friend at the airport says airliners are landing and offloading illegals into waiting buses; a huge operation. All paid for by your tax dollars. Wonder where they are going, exactly.

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