Trump Administration: Separate Mothers From Their Children At Mexican Border
Trump considering heinous measures for the border
According to Reuters, the Trump Administration is considering an appalling measure to deter illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border. It’s a policy the world has been seen before; in concentration camps, Israeli checkpoints, war-torn countries, and in life under ISIS. According to three government officials, the Department of Homeland Security is considering a proposal to separate mothers from their children.
As explained by Reuters:
“The policy shift would allow the government to keep parents in custody while they contest deportation or wait for asylum hearings. Children would be put into protective custody with the Department of Health and Human Services, in the “least restrictive setting” until they can be taken into the care of a U.S. relative or state-sponsored guardian.”
The proposal would end with what President Trump has called “catch and release“. The new measure intends to change the fact that currently, when a family is facing deportation or applying for asylum, they are quickly released from detention (the Obama administration established that they should not be detained for more than 21 days), and allowed to remain in the country until their cases are resolved since children cannot be held for a long time.
According to Republicans, women only travel with their children to take advantage of the fact that they will be released quickly—that they put their lives at risk during such a dangerous journey doesn’t seem to factor into the reasoning. In addition, asylum seekers from Central America migrate to the U.S. in order to run away from violence, not just poverty. Hence, leaving one’s children behind is often not an option.
Marielena Hincapie, executive director at the National Immigration Law Center, said that the implementation of Trump’s proposal at the U.S.-Mexico border,
“could create lifelong psychological trauma. Especially for children that have just completed a perilous journey from Central America.”
Hincapie believes that if the government implements this policy, legal problems could arise. In addition, the government would have to increase resource flow to the border and detention centers. As Randy Capps of the Migration Policy Institute explained:
“You are talking about a pretty rapid increase in the detention population if you are going to do this.”
Expensive aside, the measure is inhumane.
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