Trump's ugly spin about separated children gives away his game


Here's what "lost" means: When children come to the border unaccompanied, they are placed in a shelter or with a sponsor. Is the federal government equipped to handle the new "zero tolerance" policy? We have to break up families.

The latest figures also indicate the average amount of time that children spend in HHS shelters has increased to 57 days in recent months, up from 51 days previous year. 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. A phone survey a year ago (without any effort to follow up in person) failed to ascertain the whereabouts of 1,475 unaccompanied children who had been placed with sponsoring families. About 10% of the time, the minors are placed with people who aren't related to them. However, according to Steven Wagner, acting assistant for the Administration for Children and Families, it is not the ORR's responsibility to track what the children do after placement or to ensure that they show up at their immigration hearing. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Immigration and Naturalization Service before it have argued that immigration detention is an essential part of enforcement and deterrence, and have vigorously pursued detention of families and children throughout multiple presidential administrations.

The government doesn't know where the children are?

The news first broke in late April during Senate testimony by an official of the Department of Health and Human Services. In 1,475 cases, nobody picked up the phone.

The White House, meanwhile, said it's more anxious about a different kind of family separation: people whose relatives are killed by illegal immigrants. "What about the numerous children that were torn from their mothers' arms?" said one Twitter commentator @whiskyogi. But even its supporters, such as chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus Mark Meadows, R-N.C., have said they don't believe it has the votes to pass. "This [meaning the ~1500 children] was their answer to the question of, how many of those children were they not able to get in touch with, with that one phone call".

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 US illegally, telling a Senate committee earlier this month that removing children from parents facing criminal charges happens "in the United States every day".

Citing the daily violence in their home countries, thousands each week cross the US-Mexico border and immediately turn themselves in to authorities asking for asylum.

Mueller was appointed by Trump's deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, and before that was named Federal Bureau of Investigation director in 2001 by Republican President George W. Bush. "The fact is that we need to dissuade parents from bringing their children to the border".

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"If you don't like that", Sessions said, speaking at the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies' 2018 spring conference, "then don't smuggle children over our border".

The policy comes from Trump's own administration, which has chose to enforce criminal charges against people crossing the border illegally with few or no previous offenses.

But there is no law requiring parents and children to be separated. "Here they're doing zero-tolerance policy to punish families and send a message to their home countries: Don't do this".

During a White House conference call on Tuesday, senior adviser Stephen Miller contended the "the current immigration and border crisis" is "the exclusive product of loopholes in federal immigration law that Democrats refuse to close".

The New York Times misreported Saturday that the Trump administration "lost track of almost 1,500 migrant children" then followed upon Monday, not with a correction or apology, but by accusing President Trump with "spreading wrong information" about federal authorities ripping children from their parents' arms at the border, and then losing them.

THE FACTS: The photos, taken by The Associated Press, were from 2014, during the Obama administration, but were presented by liberal activists as if they showed the effects of Trump's immigration policy now. If children do not meet that criteria, they are eligible to withdraw their applications and return to Mexico, which allows the system to process them quickly without going before a judge to make a claim for asylum.

While this photo may not be from the time of Trump's presidency, the discourse surrounding immigration has been tense.