If the current system doesn't do a good job of keeping track of children, why would a new approach that separates children from their unauthorized-immigrant parents as a matter of policy adequately handle the children in its care?
These reports came from the HHS's Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), which reported on attempts to reach unaccompanied alien children (UACs) and their caretakers. That's untrue. Previously, children and parents caught at the border were sent to facilities in which they were allowed to remain together.
President Donald Trump took Democrats to task early Tuesday for tweeting photos from 2014 showing immigrant children being kept in steel cages after having been detained at the southern border and linking the images to his current immigration policy.
The hashtag #WhereAreTheChildren has been trending on Twitter, bringing attention to almost 1,500 "lost" immigrant children and whether the Trump administration is to blame for it.
HHS does not have a formal responsibility to track children once they are released to sponsors. That's all it could take to turn the USA into a country in which the poor and oppressed from other places opt to go elsewhere in search of freedom.
The same agreement would make it easier to prevent unaccompanied minors from entering the "general population", in Wagner's words, if they had a known gang affiliation. A few days later, White House Chief of Staff John F Kelly suggested that splitting families would be a "tough deterrent" to migrants thinking about bringing their children along. "So, if we do our duty and prosecute those cases, then children inevitably for a period of time might be in different conditions".
"And then, yes, they would end up in this kind of longer-term, long-term foster care, a situation until their cases were resolved or until a sponsor could be found", McKenna said. "With DHS' cooperation we will conduct a fingerprint-based background check on every sponsor".
Actually, the policy in question was enacted by his own administration.
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In 2016, more than 20 percent of those who crossed the border illegally faced criminal charges, according to Homeland Security data. It's a frightful thing where you have to break up families.
"What's happened is the exception to the rule is now becoming the rule", said Young, who said prosecutions under Obama were far more selective. "He had an open-door, open-arms policy toward them".
"This still stems back to Obama's policies", he said. "This is the most aggressive response to Central American migration we've seen to date".
On Tuesday, Trump tweeted: "The 13 Angry Democrats (plus people who worked 8 years for Obama) working on the rigged Russia Witch Hunt, will be MEDDLING with the midterm elections, especially now that Republicans (stay tough!) are taking the lead in Polls".
The storm surrounding family separations by immigration authorities has been brewing for several months.
"I know what you're going through right now with families is very tough but those are the bad laws that the Democrats gave us".
A number of prominent liberals - and even a former Obama administration official - shared the photos in outrage, mistakenly believing they depicted the Trump administration's treatment of immigrant children who were forcibly separated from their parents.
This has been a persistent allegation, but the fact is these 1,475 children arrived at the southwest border on their own and were, in United States government parlance, "unaccompanied alien children" (UACs).