Did the Trump Administration Lose Immigrant Children?


While this is obviously a completely normal thing to do, and would usually be met with nothing but positive responses and feelings of joy, the complete lack of awareness regarding timing and content is baffling-as her father's administration is now responsible for separating and losing 1,500 undocumented children. It was created to accommodate an influx of children fleeing to the United States from Central America.

During immigration votes in the Senate in February, a bill that would've included that "fix", along with other immigration policies favored by the Trump administration, only earned 39 votes - with 14 Republicans voting against it.

The Trump administration announced this month that there would be a "zero tolerance" policy for families trying to cross the border illegally. They should not have to wonder in agony where their children are or how they are doing, as a Congolese woman seeking asylum said she did after being separated from her 6-year-old daughter at a port of entry in California last fall. Children with them are being transferred to HHS, which finds placements for them, often with relatives in the U.S. Here are the facts.

To be clear, nothing under the law forces ICE agents to rip children from the arms of their parents. Brownsville and Nogales, Ariz. have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since October 1.

Numerous unaccompanied minors are coming from Central American nations and fleeing gang violence and poverty.

In the past two years, the number of beds available for long-term foster care for migrant children has doubled to almost 600, US officials say.

Quote tweeting the photo, Halsey wrote "I wonder what #SundayMorning is like for the parents of 1500 lost children your father is responsible for".

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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.

But in 2018, many were ready to use the dated story as another excuse to attack Trump. At a congressional committee last month, however, it was determined that the government was "unable to determine with certainty the whereabouts of 1,475" minors after attempting to contact their sponsors in the last three months of 2017. This policy sends parents into detention and prosecutes them for the crime of entering the country illegally, while their children - including infants and toddlers - are taken into government custody separately and alone.

Ironically, the new policy runs a very real risk that children will be lost in the system, according to Podkul, since it includes no ability for parents, who are in detention themselves, to communicate with or track their children.

"I'm one who believes I'd rather let 100 guilty people go than put one innocent person in prison, or subject them to an adjudication process", Tillis said at one point.

The agreement signed last month gives Homeland Security access to more information about potential sponsors and children's relatives - including their immigration status.

During the a year ago of the Obama administration, HHS was able to locate 85 percent of the minors or their sponsors, according to an inspector general's report.

Central American migrant families and activists gathered at the border wall in April 29 for the March Without Borders at Friendship Park in Tijuana Mexico. Westwood explained that the photo "comes, like you mentioned, amid scrutiny of the administration's policies letting the government separate children from their parents at the border". This kind of nonsense and talking around the subject is par for the course for people like Santorum, but when it comes to forcibly separating over a thousand children from their parents, and physically losing them-this kind of rhetoric should simply not be tolerated. 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. While HHS swears it isn't done as a deterrent, then-DHS Secretary John Kelly said in March of 2017, "In order to deter more movement along this terribly unsafe network, I am considering exactly that".