Advocates target separation of immigrant families at border

Posted June 02, 2018

GOP leaders are already anxious the ongoing effort by moderates to force a House vote on the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, a program Trump moved to end previous year but has been kept alive by the courts, will depress base turnout.

As for the almost 1,500 "lost" children, it turned out that the children entered the country as unaccompanied minors and were placed with sponsors who had possibly " gone off the grid " to reduce their deportation risk - not that the Trump administration had randomly misplaced them. "There are no "loopholes" nor statutory requirements that children be ripped from their parents' arms as a matter of routine practice".

The New York Times misreported Saturday that the Trump administration "lost track of almost 1,500 migrant children" then followed upon Monday, not with a correction or apology, but by accusing President Trump with "spreading wrong information" about federal authorities ripping children from their parents' arms at the border, and then losing them.

If the proposed rule takes effect, minors who are separated from their parents will be more unprotected than ever, because there will be fewer guardians willing to take these children. "It's a awful thing, we have to break up families".

The separation of undocumented immigrant families in Pennsylvania drew several advocacy organizations to protest outside Harrisburg's federal building for the National Day of Action for Children on Friday.

The HHS statistics on children do not break down into minors taken into custody as they crossed the border unaccompanied or those who were separated from their parents as they crossed.

The law on that issue was a bipartisan initiative, approved by unanimous consent and signed by Republican President George W. Bush, as CNN's Jake Tapper and FactCheck.org have reported. According to immigration officials, the number of families attempting to cross without documents decreased by 64 percent.

Nielsen, who is clinging to her job by a thread, was similarly unapologetic as she said in recent congressional testimony, "If you're a parent, or you're a single person, or you happen to have a family, if you cross between the ports of entry, we will refer you for prosecution". As the attorney general said, in words unlikely to be etched on the walls of the Justice Department, "If you don't want your child separated, then don't bring them across the border illegally".

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Instead of letting him in, his father offered to look for specific items and bring them out if he found them. Michael Rotondo , 30, prepares to leave his parents' house in Camillus, N.Y., Friday, June 1, 2018.

From October to December 2017, the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement attempted to reach 7,635 unaccompanied minors and their sponsors, said Steven Wagner, acting assistant secretary for the Administration for Children and Families within HHS in April. The ORR's job is to find (and vet) a home for those minors (immediate family, extended family, or someone with whom the child has an existing relationship, or else they stay in a shelter under ORR's care), at which point they are no longer under the authority of ORR.

In this June 18, 2014 file photo, two female detainees sleep in a holding cell, as the children are separated by age group and gender, as hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center in Nogales, Ariz. "Again, for no other reason, say you don't care about these children at the border - I don't believe that, she probably does - but you should care that it looks tone-deaf to some people". Was Halsey right to call out the timing of the photo?

The number of illegal border crossings more than tripled in April in comparison to the same month a year ago. Trump blamed Democrats for those policies in a tweet on Saturday. He has hyperbolically elevated a Latino gang, MS-13, to the greatest threat since al-Qaida.

The two insensitive words "or whatever" deserve their own exhibit in the Trump Era's Rhetorical Hall of Fame.

"When I think about the 1500 lost children and those who are systematically separated from their mothers at the border, I come back to the same thought: If we can't stop this in America we won't stop it anywhere", Castro tweeted on Sunday.

"But the president is not the only one spreading wrong information".

Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU's Immigrants" Rights Project, argued that there is a "third choice' that should be legal regardless of the Flores settlement.