The question first popped up after a series of photos and video footage from inside a dentition center and converted big-box stores circulated online. The photos showed boys in caged environments, lying on mats, covered in emergency blankets and carrying their food on trays in a cafeteria. Absent from those photos? Pictures of the toddlers and the girls which led to Jacob Soborroff starting the hashtag on Twitter: #WhereAreTheGirls
It’s a question that’s still being asked.
Rosie O’Donnell has been asking since the 16th, adding the hashtags #TrumpConcentrationCampsForKids, #AskTrumpAboutTheGirls and #FindTheGirls:
Nancy Sinatra asked last night as well, specifically to Ronan Farrow, quoting an article stating that 65 of the missing infants were at an adoption center in Michigan…
But later tweeted an updated article from the Daily Kos that stated the number, in fact, was actually 81 children.
In response, Nancy O’Neil asked why, “the infants were at an adoption center? They have parents!"
There were several responses with theories as to where the children are and why they’ve been taken:
Singer Christina Perri asked this morning:
Celebrities aren't the only ones asking where the children are -- many are continuing the hashtag discussion while interjecting their own theories as follows:
Vox first reported that some of the children were being held in Florida stating:
“HHS photos of the facilities show large gymnasium-like rooms packed with bunk beds along with children eating in a cafeteria and sitting in an auditorium. The way the photos are cropped makes it hard to tell how old the children are. Both facilities house teenage children, with the Bristow location also housing “tender age” children, according to HHS.” — “There’s also some evidence that girls have been sent elsewhere: A report from NY1 found that girls were also being sent to a foster agency as far as New York City. Video captured by the network showed girls headed to a facility late Wednesday night, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo told the network that the girls were among the approximately 2,000 kids recently separated from their parents along the southern border. — There’s a lot we don’t know about how the government is handling separated children”
Though the majority of outlets are reporting that there are 2,300 children separated from their parents, Lawrence O’Donnell says the real total is over 3,000:
McClatchy has the total at over 6,000:
The Texas Tribune reported today that Central American men separated from their children and held in a detention facility outside Houston are being told they can reunite with their kids at the airport if they agree to sign a voluntary deportation order:
So, where are the girls?
Kassandra Seven says, as Rosie and others have previously stated, ‘follow the money,’ sharing an article from Vox that states that sheltering migrant children is a multi-billion dollar business: