National day of Acton for Children: Pretests against separating immigrant families

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Over the weekend, Trump called on his followers to “put pressure on the Democrats to end the terrible law that separates children from their parents, ” then added that “we MUST continue building the WALL!” Yesterday the White House emailed out a statement blaming Democrats “open borders policies, ” claiming they “lead to the temporary separation of illegal alien families” and “spread human suffering.”.

The image may be several years old but it sheds light on the enormous (and growing) mishandling from ICE when dealing with undocumented minors, whether it was placing them in razor-wired cells or losing track of 1,500 minors without any fear of accountability.

Case in point was Arizona Republic opinion contributor EJ Montini, who suggestedthe Trump administration should have laid out a "plan to adequately protect the children" before "announcing a plan to separate more children from families".

Numerous posts blamed the Trump administration for holding the children, citing Attorney General Jeff Sessions' announcement earlier this month that the administration was changing its policy about people illegally entering the US. Most of those Twitter users subsequently deleted their tweets.

This weekend, Twitter was abuzz with reactions to a story about federal agencies losing track of about 1,500 migrant children. "DEMOCRATS ARE PROTECTING MS-13 THUGS", Trump tweeted, highlighting the most divisive aspects on a debate that has been rocking USA politics for more than a decade.

"After a period of time, the extent of ORR's follow-up is a phone call ... But there's no reason to believe that anything has happened to the kids".

Foster-care providers try to maintain communication with a child's parent, who may be held in jail hundreds of miles away, said Abbott, and are panicked about when they will reunite. "Again, it's in the front door, out the back". Ron Johnson (R-Wisc).

"If somebody is unwilling to claim their child from custody because they're concerned about their own immigration status, I think that de facto calls into question whether they're an adequate sponsor and whether we should be releasing the child to that person", Wagner said.

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A 2016 inspector general report found that the ORR was able to reach only 84 percent of the children it had placed, leaving 4,159 unaccounted for, and their whereabouts a mystery.

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

With the latest shift in immigration policies from Trump and his continuous demand of a great big border wall, no evidence suggests the ICE's handling of immigrant children is going to get any better in Trump's America.

"Separating families is more than cruel and unnecessary - it's torture", said the American Civil Liberties Union, which has sued to stop the practice. "He had an open-door, open-arms policy toward them". Nagda also said that she has seen no evidence that this new "zero tolerance" policy deters potential migrants from coming to the border.

President Donald trump boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on May 29. "And we didn't have enough shelter facilities, because we had a huge increase, so kids ended up piling up in Border Patrol lock-ups, which are no places for children".

A massive surge in youths traveling alone, which began in summer 2014 and has ebbed and flowed since then, has overwhelmed ORR. The yearly total for 2018 is on pace to approach or exceed 400,000, a level more consistent with migration patterns of the past five years, DHS statistics show. Are those some of these same unaccompanied minors? During President Barack Obama's second term, the government prosecuted roughly 70,000 cases per year. In the first seven months of fiscal year 2018, there have been 211,821 apprehensions, a pace that would slightly exceed last year's level.

Not every major news organization mischaracterized the facts surrounding the issue.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has defended the Trump administration's practice of separating children from parents when the family is being prosecuted for entering the USA illegally, telling a Senate committee earlier this month that removing children from parents facing criminal charges happens "in the United States every day".

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