Advocates target separation of immigrant families at border

Posted June 02, 2018

Under the "zero-tolerance" policy, a parent who illegally crosses the border with a child would be separated from the child.

"First photos of separated migrant children at holding facility", wrote Gold.

"These children are not "lost"; their sponsors - who are usually parents or family members and in all cases have been vetted for criminality and ability to provide for them - simply did not respond or could not be reached when this voluntary call was made", the statement said.

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. The parent would be referred to prosecution for illegal entry, while the child would be placed with a sponsor as the child's case makes its way through immigration court. "Bipartisan Bill!", he said. "It does seem to provoke a ratcheting up across the board".

One of Friday's protests is planned to take place outside the Department of Justice to demand Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescind the policy, organizers said in a press release.

There have been reports that since October about 700 children crossing the U.S. -Mexico border have been separated from their parents.

Earlier this month, Homeland Security Secretary Kristen Nielson ordered federal prosecution against anyone caught crossing the border illegally: Meaning that adults traveling with children are now being separated once they are detained because children can not be held in adult jails. "They are laws that Congress passed to address the documented injustices facing children in our immigration system, specifically the government's failure to treat these children humanely after decades".

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Critics of the administration called the policy despicable and against American values.

"If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law", he said, adding: "If you don't like that, then don't smuggle children over our border".

In the month since, it has generated increasing public outrage over "missing children" and "toddlers being torn from their parents' arms" on Twitter comments with the hashtag #WhereAreTheChildren. "I can not defend that, nor do I wish to".

The country's borders are being violated "by criminals, by smugglers and by thousands of people who have absolutely no respect for our laws", she said.

Curbelo is a leader of GOP lawmakers trying to force House immigration votes next month over leaders' objections.

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

But both the Trump administration and immigration advocates have sought to tamp down concerns about those children, many of whom may have deliberately chosen not to tell the federal government where they are. Former Clinton administration officials, liberal mainstream media journalists and other progressives over the weekend widely shared a photo showing children sleeping on the ground behind a chain-link fence.

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How or why the story resurfaced on social media four years after it was published is unclear. But Trump seized on the error.

The Trump administration has come under criticism for its policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the border, reversing a previous practice that families who cross the border seeking asylum were often released together into the US while their cases are pursued.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it is committed to connecting parents and children "as quickly as possible after separation". Republican leadership has consistently told conservatives pushing the bill that it would not have almost enough Republican votes to pass. They're anxious any legislation that smacks of "amnesty" for immigrants in the USA illegally would dampen conservative enthusiasm ahead of the midterms. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., would also close the loophole and could get to the floor as the House scrambles to vote on immigration this summer. Trump so far has not engaged in the Capitol Hill debate, even as he repeatedly insists Congress must act. They are no longer in federal custody.

That's resulted in hundreds of adults being jailed and their children often placed into federal shelters for unaccompanied immigrant minors.

In a call with reporters Tuesday, Trump officials said human smugglers abuse USA law on asylum, as well as policies on how to handle families crossing the border together.

According to a report by USA Today, between October and December 2017, ORR was able to contact 7,635 sponsored children but can not "determine with certainty the whereabouts of 1,475 children".

The phone calls revealed that the majority of the children were still with their sponsors.

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The agreement will give Homeland Security more access to the personal information of parents, relatives or other adult sponsors seeking custody of the children.