THE LATEST: Hundreds Of Children Separated From Families For Longer Than Court-Mandated Limit
October 2, 2018
More than 130 children remain separated from their families because of Trump’s cruel policy, which the DHS Inspector General says was flawed from the start due, in part, to the Trump administration’s indifference to family separations. Now, we’ve also learned that the Trump administration kept hundreds of children detained for longer than the court-mandated time limit of 72-hours, including for as long as 25 days in the case of one child. Here’s the latest:
The Trump administration left at least 860 immigrant children in holding cells longer than the court-mandated time limit.
Washington Post: “The DHS Office of Inspector General’s review found at least 860 migrant children were left in Border Patrol holding cells longer than the 72-hour limit mandated by U.S. courts, with one minor confined for 12 days and another for 25.”
More than 130 children remain separated from their families, and the majority of their parents have already been deported.
MSNBC’s Jacob Soboroff: “BREAKING: New numbers just released by Trump administration on remaining separated migrant kids. ➡ 136 *still* in custody, not eligible for reunification or discharge. ➡ 3 of those kids are under 5 years old. ➡ Parents of 96 of those kids already deported.”
Instead of focusing on criminals, many of Trump’s anti-immigration policies have disproportionately affected women and victims of domestic violence.
CNN: “Trump’s immigration policies have especially affected women and domestic violence victims”
CNN: “Despite their stated objectives of cracking down on criminals and fraud, many of the Trump administration’s immigration policies have especially impacted the vulnerable and victims.”
The Trump administration rounded up more than 1,600 immigrant children from throughout the country to ship them to a tent city on the U.S. border.
New York Times: “In shelters from Kansas to New York, hundreds of migrant children have been roused in the middle of the night in recent weeks and loaded onto buses with backpacks and snacks for a cross-country journey to their new home: a barren tent city on a sprawling patch of desert in West Texas.”
Immigrant children were transferred from private foster homes and shelters overseen by child welfare authorities to an unregulated tent city.
New York Times:“The roughly 100 shelters that have, until now, been the main location for housing detained migrant children are licensed and monitored by state child welfare authorities, who impose requirements on safety and education as well as staff hiring and training. The tent city in Tornillo, on the other hand, is unregulated, except for guidelines created by the Department of Health and Human Services. For example, schooling is not required there, as it is in regular migrant children shelters.”