THE LATEST: Young Children Forced To Appear In Court, Parents Could Lose Kids To Adoption

The Trump administration claims it is reuniting families, but a new investigation shows that children could be sent into adoption without notifying their parents who have already been deported. Meanwhile, young children have been forced to appear in court after being forcibly separated from their families because of Trump’s cruel policy. Here’s the latest:


Contrary to the Trump administration’s claims that it is reuniting families, parents could lose their kids to adoption without being notified.


Associated Press: “Federal officials insist they are reuniting families and will continue to do so. But an Associated Press investigation drawing on hundreds of court documents, immigration records and interviews in the U.S. and Central America identified holes in the system that allow state court judges to grant custody of migrant children to American families — without notifying their parents.”


Children as young as two years old are forced to come before federal immigration courts after being separated from their families.


New York Times: “The youngest child to come before the bench in federal immigration courtroom No. 14 was so small she had to be lifted into the chair. Even the judge in her black robes breathed a soft ‘aww’ as her latest case perched on the brown leather. Her feet stuck out from the seat in small gray sneakers, her legs too short to dangle. Her fists were stuffed under her knees. As soon as the caseworker who had sat her there turned to go, she let out a whimper that rose to a thin howl, her crumpled face a bursting dam. The girl, Fernanda Jacqueline Davila, was 2 years old: brief life, long journey.”


Trump expanded the pool of undocumented immigrants that are priorities for deportation and restricted granting reprieves to certain immigrants facing deportation.


BuzzFeed: “Attorneys for Immigration and Customs Enforcement were restricted from granting reprieves for certain immigrants facing deportation, ordered to review and potentially reopen previously closed cases, and told that nearly all undocumented immigrants were priorities for deportation, according to a previously unreleased memo obtained by BuzzFeed News.”


Trump’s proposed rule to limit green-card eligibility was designed to create confusion and keep immigrants from using public benefits.


USA Today: “That combination of fear and confusion created by the new 447 pages of rules is partly by design, according to the Trump administration’s proposal. At its core, the new rules would vastly expand the kinds of government benefits that, if used by immigrants, would disqualify them from becoming legal permanent residents. The Department of Homeland Security says the use of benefits is an indication that the immigrant is likely to become a ‘public charge’ dependent on government services at some point in the future. But the proposal goes even farther, explicitly stating that ‘concern about the consequences’ of using any public benefit is likely to drive immigrants out of programs ‘even if such individuals are otherwise eligible to receive benefits.’”