Monday, June 24, 2019

House Democrats want to know the administration’s plan to reunite separated families

House Democrats on Tuesday demanded that the Trump administration provide its plan to reunify more than 500 undocumented children who remain separated from their parents as a result of the government’s zero-tolerance immigration policy. “Since the Administration instituted and rescinded the zero-tolerance policy, which purposefully targeted and separated migrant children from their parents, we have […]

Young children separated at the border don’t recognize their parents

One mother had waited four months to wrap her arms around her little boy. Another had waited three months to see her little girl again, but when the reunions finally happened yesterday in Phoenix, the mothers were met with cries of rejection from their children. “He didn’t recognize me,” said Mirce Alba Lopez, 31, of […]

Judge denies the Trump administration’s request for more time to reunite separated families

A federal judge on Friday appeared to reject the Trump administration’s request to extend the deadline to reunite families separated at the border under the “zero tolerance” policy. “The government must reunite them,” Sabraw said, according to the AP. “It must comply with the time frame unless there is an articulable reason.” U.S. District Judge Dana […]

Separated parents will be able to reunite with their children after signing voluntary deportation

As focus intensifies on reuniting immigrant families separated by the government, parents are being offered another option: sign voluntary departure orders to speed up their cases — and they’ll be reunited with their kids before they are deported if they do. While the option is not unique to parents and is not the only option, […]

Tent City to be built in Texas to house Immigrant children

The Trump administration has selected Tornillo, Texas, for the construction of tents to house immigrant children, many of whom have been separated from their parents under the new “zero tolerance” policy. The Department of Health and Human Services will build a “tent city,” full of large tents, that is estimated to hold 450 beds for […]

Trump sees the missing children as an opportunity to push his agenda

As controversy grows over his administration’s treatment of children separated from undocumented immigrant parents, Trump is seeking a political opening to damage his opponents and solidify his own support. Trump chose to wage his latest political battle over his administration’s policy of separating children from parents caught crossing the border. The controversy over the policy […]

Trump’s ICE is after all unauthorized immigrants, even those without a record

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is arresting more immigrants, and increasingly they have not been convicted of crimes, according to data released yesterday by the agency. The new figures, which reflect the first two quarters of the 2018 fiscal year, show that ICE is carrying out the crackdown on unauthorized immigrants that President Donald Trump promised. […]

John Kelly believes separating immigrants families will keep people from crossing the border

President Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly defended separating undocumented immigrants from their children as a necessary evil in the administration’s effort to increase border security, during an interview with National Public Radio last Thursday. “The children will be taken care of — put into foster care or whatever,” Kelly said. “But the big point […]

Despite what Trump says, arrests at the Mexican border are at a historic low

The number of people caught trying to cross the border with Mexico increased for a third straight month in April, but overall apprehension numbers remain at historic lows, according to data released last Thursday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The increase comes as more than 150 people from Central America have reached the border and applied for […]

Trump’s decision to militarize the border is causing headaches for the Pentagon

  One month after President Trump’s unexpected move to deploy the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border, the Pentagon is pushing ahead in moving thousands of troops and equipment south. At least 1,500 guardsmen have now been sent to the border to curtail a “surge of illegal activity,” according to Trump, amid outstanding questions about the […]