What is the row over ‘missing’ kids in US?

What is the row over ‘missing’ kids in US?

What is the row over ‘missing’ kids in US?

Immigration advocates maintained that the arguments presented by the Trump administration were inaccurate, and an attempt to justify a policy that is "barbaric".

Although the government has not disclosed how many children have been separated from their parents as a result of the new measures, the Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday, May 29, that it had 10,773 migrant children in its custody, up from 8,886 on April 29.

"It's never a good idea to separate small children from their parents", said Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla.

Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU's Immigrants" Rights Project, argued that there is a "third choice' that should be legal regardless of the Flores settlement. Here are the facts.

During the Obama administration, officials at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement proposed that anyone claiming custody of unaccompanied alien children be fingerprinted. Most of the children came from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala and were fleeing drug cartels, gang violence and domestic abuse, according to government data. The U.S.is obligated to accept asylum-seekers under U.S. and worldwide law if they can show a "credible fear" of persecution or torture. In some of many cases, sponsors simply didn't respond to the follow-up phone call, not surprising because many are in the US illegally and reluctant to speak to authorities. They reached 86 percent of the children or sponsors, but the department could not verify the whereabouts of 1,475.

Kolb said the federal government should make a greater effort to hold sponsors accountable when the youths fail to attend school or skip immigration court hearings.

Not exactly - there's more to the story.

Congressional testimony last week that the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) failed to account for 1,475 so-called unaccompanied minors placed with sponsors in the United States sparked outrage.

On Tuesday, Wagner said many children are with people who are in the country illegally and that "there's no reason to believe that anything has happened to those kids".

"These children are not "lost"; their sponsors - who are usually parents or family members and in all cases have been vetted for criminality and ability to provide for them - simply did not respond or could not be reached when this voluntary call was made", HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan said in a May 28 statement. We won't let you shift the blame or use families as bargaining chips for your wall.

Officials said Tuesday they are planning more thorough screening of both minors and their sponsors, including a fingerprint background check of every sponsor. "If you don't want your child separated then don't bring them across the border illegally".

The storm surrounding family separations by immigration authorities has been brewing for several months.

Discussing the zero-tolerance policy recently, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said: "If we do our duty and prosecute those cases, then children inevitably for a period of time might be in different conditions".

Immigrants who show up at the border without documentation to seek asylum from political violence and other threats are not breaking a law.

The New York Times reported in April that roughly 700 children have been separated from their parents so far under the Trump administration.

"I know what you're going through right now with families is very tough but those are the bad laws that the Democrats gave us".

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly was asked by NPR whether separating a child from a mother is "cruel and heartless".

I am also ashamed at what this terrible policy says about what this great country is becoming under the misguided, nationalistic, anti-immigrant leadership of Donald Trump.

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