Americans protest against 'inhumane' family separation policy

04 June, 2018, 03:47 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Fact or Fiction: Are Democrats to Blame for the Law Requiring Families to Be Separated at the Border?

On Saturday, Trump tweeted that people should "put pressure on the Democrats to end the terrible law that separates children from their parents once they must cross the border into the U.S." despite his administration having backed the policy and there being no such law. He explained that the photos were taken in 2014, when the Obama administration faced "an influx of unaccompanied minors who showed up at the border, fleeing violence from Central America".

So with both sides playing the blame game, is the president right to place all responsibility with Democrats? Under previous policy, immigrant children were usually allowed to stay with their parents. Liberal activists and others, including some from media outlets, tried to highlight the issue by tweeting photos of young people in steel cages that actually were taken during the Obama administration.

It all comes just in time for the midterm elections as Republicans and Democrats try to rally core voters by pointing fingers at one another. But officials in the Trump administration have made a decision to send a message that these migrants will be treated differently, even those who show up seeking the protection of political asylum. "It does seem to provoke a ratcheting up across the board".

Almost two weeks since their apprehension, she still has not seen or heard from them and has no idea where they are.

"Focus on what is before you, on what you can control and ignore the trolls!" she later wrote. At a White House briefing Tuesday, senior policy adviser Stephen Miller attributed what he labeled "the current immigration and border crisis and all of the attendant concerns it raises" to the "exclusive product of loopholes in federal immigration laws that Democrats refuse to close".

The president implied that children were being separated from their parents at the border because of a law enacted by Democrats.

Jean Foschi, the Democratic candidate for Cumberland County's 88th state House District seat, said she attended Friday's rally because of her research into separation of immigrant families.

In two weeks of May alone, some 658 children were separated from their parents.

Yes. Hundreds of children have been separated from their parents at the border as a part of the new "zero tolerance policy" announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Parents are now prosecuted immediately and separated from their children while the charges are being processed through the department of Homeland Security.

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".

The policy aims to stem a surge of poor families mostly from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras pouring into the United States. But by that point, critics had already rushed to accuse him of concealing Obama's own harsh immigration tactics while condemning Trump's.

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"This is the most horrific practice I have seen in the 25-plus years", said Lee Gelernt, an American Civil Liberties Union attorney who has sued the Trump administration.

On Tuesday, HHS officials pushed back on reports that the department had lost track of more than 1,400 children who were released to the custody of relatives or sponsors.

Enter a June 2014 online story by The Arizona Republic titled "First peek: Immigrant children flood detention center". "I can not defend that, nor do I wish to".

Just as the child separation policy was getting well-deserved attention, Trump critics jumped on an unrelated statistic - the almost 1,500 immigrant children supposedly lost by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Under a 1985 resolution - amended in 2015 - called the Flores Settlement Agreement, the federal government is required not to detain children if at all possible and instead release them "without unnecessary delay" into the care of a parent, legal guardian or other qualified adult.



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