The White House Is Rumored To Restart Family Separations. Here’s What We Know
The Washington Post reported that the White House is “actively” considering plans to begin separating parents from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border once again as a ‘deterrent’ method.
There’s no question that this is completely unacceptable and painful news to hear, but it’s important to understand the facts.
The New UN human rights chief announced that Trump’s family separation policy was “unconscionable”.
Caption: “A mural by Michelle Angela Ortiz detailing family separation at the border and at the Berks County Immigration Detention Center is rankling @senatorscarnati and other GOP leadership, claiming that it’s too political for this election season.”
President Trump is defending his decision to use family separation as a deterrent.
Trump’s entire platform has been built upon the belief that immigrants from Mexico are “murderers and rapists.” He has defended family separation as a means to deter migrants when he told reporters at the White House, “If they feel there will be separation, they don’t come. You’ve got some really bad people out there.”
More than 2,500 children were taken from their parents in less than six weeks.
Trump’s goal with a “zero tolerance” immigration policy has been to end what he calls “catch and release,” or what most reasonable people would call common sense.
“Catch and release” allows migrant families to wait for a hearing outside of government run facilities. It allows them to work, create a home, and maybe not traumatize their kids.
Hundreds of still separated children are expected to be adopted by new families.
Many organizations, including the ACLU, are fighting to make sure the administration follows the court’s ruling to reunite the families they tore apart once and for all.
Now, the administration is “revamping” the family separation policy.
Meaning that while the administration was not even prepared to reunite families by keeping track of family ties, they’re tinkering with a plan that is internationally regarded by the UN as torture.
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions implemented the policy and supported it till he left the administration.
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Session has said that the harsh policy is a result of an immigration crisis.
Reports and numbers show that the United States is experiencing record low numbers of border crossings.
U.S. corporations are profiting off detaining migrant families and building new facilities to house them.
We all know the private prison industry is corrupt. They lobby Republican politicians to get stricter and stricter mandatory sentences on crimes, most often committed by people of color and low-income communities.
Let us tell you how Trump is trying to rebrand this reality:
Caption: “Trump Official Says Detention Centers For Immigrant Children Is ‘More Like A Summer Camp’”
Stephen Miller, the senior advisor to the president, has pushed for a harder immigration process.
The Washington Post reports that some senior officials are “concerned about the optics…of renewed separations, Miller and others are determined to act.” Miller’s uncle wrote an op-ed detailing how Miller’s family benefited from immigration laws to come to the U.S.
In reality, the numbers show that family separation didn’t deter crossings.
You’ll remember that reporters interviewing migrants revealing that they don’t follow Trump on Twitter and were unaware of these policies. They were blindsided at the border when their children we taken from them.
Arizona Republican Sen. John Kyl is supporting harsher enforcements.
Sen. Kyl was appointed to the position when Sen. John McCain died. Since taking the Senate seat, he has broken away from McCain’s beliefs and has pushed for the administration to pass harsher and harsher immigration laws and punishments.
Policy Option No. 1: Expand ICE’s jurisdiction to detain children.
As in, at these high-level meetings at the White House, officials have proposed new rules that would permit them to withdraw from a 1997 federal court ruling that bans Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from detaining children for longer than 20 days.
Option No. 2: “Binary Choice”
The Washington Post reports that Trump is most seriously considering detaining asylum-seeking families together for up to 20 days and then giving the parents a choice: stay in family detention as a family for as long as years until their case has closed, or allow the government to take their children to a government shelter or so other relatives can seek custody.
All this news on the heels asylum seekers starting to reach the southern border after walking from Honduras.
The New York Times reported that mothers were walking up to 20 miles a day with children as young as three months old.
Pictures of viejos walking on crutches, trans women arm in arm carrying a rainbow pride flag and mothers with children on their shoulders have flooded social media.
Now that the midterm elections are over and Democrats control the House of Representatives, Trump has stayed relatively quiet about the asylum seekers.
Caption: “Mexicans place clothes and shoes out for caravan migrants in Huehuetan. There is still kindness and generosity in the world.”
He spent weeks calling the asylum seekers invaders as he campaign for Republican Congresspeople nationwide.
He is seized on these images of refugees as a ploy to get Republicans to the polls and even called them a “blessing in disguise”. They are refugees, but Trump has convinced his base that they are dangerous “rapists” and “bad hombres.”
They are people who are legally allowed to come to this country and seek asylum.
Trump also attempted to scare his base into thinking that terrorists had invaded the group of refugees seeking asylum.
To date, ICE has three “family residential centers,” which can detain up to about 3,000 people.
So, asylum seekers aside, when Trump deploys a new policy that would once again start family separation, forced or not, corporations benefit.
Activists are fighting harder than ever for the rights fo those peacefully seeking asylum.
Until every bed is empty. Until there is a new immigration system in place.
Look out for protests near you.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez campaigned and won on the promise of abolishing ICE. Now is time to see if the progressive values that elected so many members to Congress at the midterms can pass.
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