Legal and policy describing White House statements on unaccompanied children: 'Lies'

This is immoral, it's a crime, and we are not going to accept that, ' said Gustavo Torres, executive director of the immigrant advocacy group CASA.

Sessions announced the policy in Scottsdale, Ariz.

As so many people are constantly pointing out, we are a nation of laws, and our laws say that no state can deny students a free and appropriate public school education due to their immigration status. HHS - that's the Department of Health and Human Services. They don't want to be contacted by a government agency. Many seized on reports that HHS "lost" 1,475 children previous year, describing them as "missing".

"Out of an abundance of caution", he said, the agency tried to check in on thousands of children by calling their sponsors. "Separating children from their families has many disastrous consequences, not the least of which is making it much harder for them to make their claim for USA protection".

Bussey begged to differ. Rather than stirring up division and targeting law-abiding immigrants, we should prioritize ICE's limited resources on violent criminals and make smart investments in border security.

While the lawsuit is pending, the rhetoric surrounding family reunification reached a "new boiling point" over the Memorial Day weekend, the Associated Press reported, between Trump and his critics. "We are not able to deny placement [of children] to people in the country illegally". Most are from Guatemala.

Where it becomes much more of an issue is if the adult files an asylum claim. First, such people should make their asylum claim in the first country where they feel safe, such as Mexico or some other country they are traversing to get here.

They're still waiting for a ruling.

For two weeks we've seen headlines across mainstream media news outlets that the Trump administration is not only inhumanely separating children from their parents at the border, but they've lost approximately 1500 unaccompanied minors in the process.

JEFF SESSIONS: If you don't want your child to be separated, then don't bring him across the border illegally.

Father Carroll said some asylum-seekers near him have made the days-long trek by bus, some by vehicle, others on foot. "They're unable to sleep, or they sleep all the time", Abbott said. "I haven't asked specifically, but a lot of them have little or no information" on the policy change, he said.

Miller said that because the Flores case prohibits the detention - essentially jail-like conditions - of children longer than three weeks, families are nearly always released while they await court proceedings that will take much longer and that is a "loophole".

On the issue of children being separated from parents at the border, this is done for a few reasons.

Steven Wagner, the top official at HHS's Administration for Children and Families, which runs the program for migrant children, told reporters this week that parents and other relatives who opt to leave children in government care should not be considered adequate sponsors anyway. An immigrant from Mali, in France with dubious papers, clambered up four stories of a Parisian building in defiance of gravity to rescue a small child who was dangling from a balcony.

The "loophole" is in the way the law treats unaccompanied migrant children from South America.

"Separating families is more than cruel and unnecessary-it's torture", the ACLU said.

"Seeking asylum is not illegal".

Because non-citizens don't have the right to a lawyer in legal proceedings, even toddlers are forced to represent themselves in court unless nonprofit relief organizations can provide one for them. Instead, she said, federal immigration officials should "say that their lives would be in danger and to let them in".

Some argue, as the administration does, that Central American migrants come to the U.S. as families or as children alone to "exploit" the laws that exist to protect them and that by making it more hard to seek protections, they will stop coming. "Criminalizing families, separating children from their parents, providing shoddy care and mistreating youth at detention centers, and threatening loved ones who sponsor children with deportation, is a practice that shocks the conscience".

As the New York Times correction notes, those unaccompanied minors are not in federal custody anymore. While illegal entry to the United States can be a misdemeanor criminal violation, past administrations have exercised discretion in determining when to charge individuals with this offense, taking into account the wellbeing of children who may also be involved.

  • Leroy Wright