Jacob Soboroff, author "Separated: Inside an American Tragedy"

Air Dates: September 26-28, 2020

This Week – JACOB SOBOROFF, Journalist, Author & Correspondent – NBC News & MSNBC

New Book: "Separated: Inside An American Tragedy," Detailing The Family Separation Crisis at the U.S.-Mexico Border

Topic: Family Separation Crisis


Sept. 15 Story:

U.S. Border Patrol & ICE Expelled 8,800 Children Under The Guise of COVID-19

Unnecessary & Unwanted Hysterectomies Done On Detainees At The Irwin ICE Detention Facility In Douglas, GA

Quote: "Jacob Soboroff zooms in on President Trump and his administration’s decision to separate children from their parents as a deterrent to border crossers. In doing so, he illuminates how, in the face of congressional inaction, a cadre of presidential advisers can introduce policies with shocking, unintended consequences." -Washington Post

Sept 24, 2020 – This week's guest on REPORT FROM SANTA FE is Jacob Soboroff, journalist, correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC, and author of "Separated: Inside an American Tragedy," detailing the family separation crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.

As a correspondent for MSNBC, Soboroff specializes in border issues, making him one of the first reporters to call public attention to the Trump administration family separation policy, whereby children were separated from parents who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without proper documentation.

Soboroff was one of ten journalists invited by authorities to tour Casa Padre, a facility in Texas housing 1500 boys ages 10 to 17. He described it as "shocking... an old Walmart which has essentially been turned into a child prison.” His book on the subject, “Separated: Inside an American Tragedy,” was published on July 7, 2020.

His influential series of reports ignited public scrutiny that contributed to the president reversing his own policy and earned Soboroff the Cronkite Award for Excellence in Political Broadcast Journalism and, with his colleagues, the 2019 Hillman Prize for Broadcast Journalism.

In addition to discussing “Separated,” Soboroff reveals details about two recent bombshell reports that he has been investigating and made headline news with his reporting. One was the September 15th story that the U.S. Border Patrol and ICE had just expelled 8,800 children from the country under the guise of COVID-19, ignoring all the laws protecting these children from child trafficking and failing to use the Office of Refugee Resettlement as a protective agency to ensure their safety and well-being.

The other huge breaking news story that Soboroff revealed was the report of unnecessary and unwanted hysterectomies done on detainees at the Irwin ICE Detention facility in Douglas, Georgia. Soboroff's interview with whistleblower nurse Dawn Wooten exposed dangerous levels of substandard medical care and maltreatment in that facility, especially procedures done by a physician who the detainees called “the uterus collector.” Many of these procedures were done without the consent of the patients, and are alleged to have been medically unnecessary.