Walter Shaub @waltshaub former Director of @OfficeGovEthics now with @CREWcrew personal account - views are my own Jun. 21, 2018 1 min read

I've been think about this issue for the past few days. Could local authorities prosecute feds for either child abuse/neglect or for failing to report child abuse/neglect? In Virginia, the rules are very strict, but the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution is an obstacle. /1

2/ @EricColumbus was kind enough to share this case. Looks tough if they're following procedures. But they sometimes violate procedures, and some are contractors. I'd be interested in hearing from any lawyers with expertise who have additional thoughts.  https://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-9th-circuit/1430138.html 

3/ At one end of the spectrum, you can't prosecute them for the separations if there's a basis in federal law for separating families. At the other end, you obviously could prosecute a guard who brings a knife from home and stabs a kid. The question is where's the line?


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