How Donald Trump's immigration policy is especially cruel towards children

Jun 20, 2018, 17:52
How Donald Trump's immigration policy is especially cruel towards children

There have been protests outside many detention centres and even after a growing national outrage, the United States president is unapologetic and has declared that the country will not be a "migrant camp". "These children did not make the choice to cross the border and shouldn't be punished for it", she said.

It requires the government to release rather than detain children caught trying to enter the US and exempts them from an immediate return to their home countries. Many who set out on the trek from the troubled region claim they face mortal threats because of extortion, rape, murder and forced recruitment into gangs that target vulnerable communities.

The girl's aunt said the experience had been truly hard.

Almost 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May.

Calls are mounting on Capitol Hill for the Trump administration to end the separation of families at the southern border ahead of a visit from President Donald Trump to discuss legislation.

Michael Wildes, who acted as a lawyer for Melania Trump when she applied for immigration in the USA, said in an interview withFox and Friends on Tuesday that the policy was inhumane.

A first-time border crossing is a misdemeanor, punishable by no more than six months in jail, a rare sentence. He has cast blame for the family separations on Democrats, although his fellow Republicans control both chambers in Congress and his own administration implemented the current policy of strict adherence to immigration laws. There are now 12,000 children in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services.

The images are striking: More than 2,000 children, separated from their parents and housed in cages, camps and a former Walmart.

GOP senators including Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME also said they've been discussing family separation legislation.

But many migrants tell bad stories of terror by gangs and smugglers, Kerlikowske said.

"I think he was explicit in that he was going to support House Republicans who take a risk and vote for meaningful immigration reform", Curbelo said.

Democrats have accused Mr Trump of effectively turning the children into political hostages to secure stricter immigration measures, such as funding for a US-Mexico border wall. Both the White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Sessions have explicitly cited the policy as a preemptive deterrent to undocumented migration, though the administration has since backtracked on that message. But organizations like the ACLU are asking that we all shake it off and take action. The June 16-19 poll found that 28 percent of people polled supported the policy, while 57 percent opposed it and the remaining 15 percent said they do not know. "They're not MS-13." But he upset many in the Latino community when he said, "they're also not people that would easily assimilate into the United States, into our modern society".

Officials also have to provide structured physical activities for children and one hour of instruction for eligible children in each of the core school subjects, Monday through Friday, by teachers who meet state licensing requirements.

Some adults have been outfitted with ankle tracking bracelets and warned to appear in court.

The uproar has escalated after pictures of children in detention centre cages were released.

Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL), a leading pro-immigration Republican, told TPM that House members were "still massaging" the legislative language to end family separation.

The administration has taken almost 2,000 children away from their parents over the span of six weeks.

Michigan Republican Rep. Fred Upton called for an immediate end to the "ugly and inhumane practice" of separation.

This has led to parents being separated from their children, who are not charged with a crime.

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