Facts, Not Children, are What is Missing from Latest Immigration Media Controversy
Many of these people are fleeing violence and other horrific conditions at home.
“Democrats mistakenly tweet 2014 pictures from Obama’s term showing children from the Border in steel cages”.
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).
President Trump calls MS-13 gang members “animals”. [OH, HORRORS! Not insensitivity on social media!] “Recall, for example, in January of previous year, right after her father was inaugurated, she posted a picture of her and Jared Kushner in fancy black tie attire, right after her father had signed that controversial travel ban”.
“Little kids are begging and screaming not to be taken from parents, and they’re hauled off”, Gelernt said. Photos of detention buses filled with child auto seats aren’t inspiring much confidence. “Again, it’s in the front door, out the back”.
And with henchpeople like Attorney General Jeff Sessions, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, the president has presided over the most hard-hearted set of nativist policies since Franklin Roosevelt rounded up Japanese-Americans during World War II. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc).
Last week, the ACLU released a report detailing hundreds of complaints of sexual abuse threats and other misconduct against children by USA border agents and contractors between 2009 and 2014, based on more than 30,000 pages of documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. Between October and December 2017, the ORR attempted to reach 7,635 UACs, but were only able to reach 86 percent of them. They don’t want to be contacted by a government agency.
“While there are many possible reasons for this, in many cases, sponsors can not be reached because they themselves are illegal aliens and do not want to be reached by federal authorities”, he said.
White House officials say they are facing a “border crisis” and bold action is needed, however harsh the measures may seem. “He had an open-door, open-arms policy toward them”.
They are part of a broader rebound in illegal immigration that has deeply angered Trump. But several plans, including one based on President Donald Trump’s proposal, failed to gain enough support in February after a week of debate.
Rocketto, the campaigner, says that sobbing children, including toddlers, have been “ripped away” as their parents are being handcuffed.
A massive surge in youths traveling alone, which began in summer 2014 and has ebbed and flowed since then, has overwhelmed ORR. The yearly total for 2018 is on pace to approach or exceed 400,000, a level more consistent with migration patterns of the past five years, DHS statistics show.
Numerous unaccompanied minors are coming from Central American nations and fleeing gang violence and poverty. That year, 3,186 cases remained pending. During the government’s past fiscal year that ended in September, U.S. agents made 303,916 arrests, the lowest total since 1971.
Not every major news organization mischaracterized the facts surrounding the issue.
“It’s perfectly legal for parents and children fleeing horrific violence and unsafe situations to apply for asylum in the U.S. They and their children deserve protection under the law, not inhumane treatment”, says David Leopold, former president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Numerous posts blamed the Trump administration for holding the children, citing Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement earlier this month that the administration was changing its policy about people illegally entering the US.
“Any amount of deliberate, unjustified separation between children and parents by a state – especially when employed as a punitive tactic – is a violation of their human rights”, the activists said in their petition to the OAS.
The San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board wrote that The Trump administration “has taken an immigration process that was already maddening and added an extra layer of cruelty … the result will be a generation of traumatised and scarred children – and a shame upon our nation”.