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Zero Tolerance Family Separation

“Migrant Children in Search of Justice: A 2-Year-Old’s Day in Immigration Court”

Trump Administration is Hauling Two Year Olds Before Judges Writing in the New York Times, Vivian Yee and Miriam Jordan tell the story of Fernanda Jacqueline Davila, a toddler from Honduras taken from her grandmother as part of the Trump administration’s unresolved family separation crisis. The story describes Fernanda’s appearance before an immigration judge — … Continue reading »

In Light of Shocking IG Report on Family Separation, Experts and Advocates Call for Accountability as Trump Administration Doubles Down on Policies that Harm Families and Children

A recording of the call is available here. Immigration and health experts and advocates gathered on a press call earlier today to discuss the harrowing DHS/OIG report on the consequences and lasting impact of the Trump administration’s family separation crisis. While hundreds of children remain separated from their families, the Trump administration also transported hundreds … Continue reading »

The “Cavalier Cruelty” of the Trump Administration’s Ongoing Treatment of Immigrant Children

A new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General’s review of the family separation crisis includes an array of damning details that underscore the cruelty, dehumanization, and indifference exhibited by our government. Yet the Trump administration’s shameful treatment of immigrant and asylum-seeking children is not a story just looking back at a dark chapter … Continue reading »

Kids in Indefinite Detention? Loved Ones Threatened if They Come Forward? Moved in the Dead of Night?

“Trump’s Nativism is Strategic and Purposeful” Over the weekend, Caitlin Dickerson of the New York Times broke the news that hundreds of children in government custody have been moved in secret and at night to a tent city in Tornillo, Texas. The story highlights that the Trump Administration now has 13,000 detained children in custody, … Continue reading »

“She Knew. She Lied. She Needs to Resign.”

Frank Sharry on Latest FOIA Memo Evidence that DHS Secretary Nielsen and Others Knew About Family Separations in Advance Despite her statements to the contrary, a newly-released April 2018 memo from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) makes clear that the Trump administration was fully aware that family separations would occur as a result of … Continue reading »

A New Low, Even By Trump Standards: Using Detained Children as Bait to Arrest Immigrants Coming Forward to Care for Kids Separated from Families

CNN’s Tal Kopan spotlights another disturbing example of the Trump Administration’s cruelty — in the name of the American people In a piece filed late yesterday, CNN’s Tal Kopan draws attention to the latest horrifying tactic employed by ICE under the Trump administration — using detained children as bait in order to arrest family members … Continue reading »

Trump Administration Keeping Families Separated Without Basic Due Process

Parents Who Raise “Red Flags” Deemed Ineligible for Reunification Without Process That Comports With Basic Child Welfare Principles As hundreds of children continue to suffer in federal government facilities, the Trump administration continues to deem some parents “ineligible” to be reunited with their children based on criteria that neither comport with basic child welfare principles … Continue reading »

Trump’s Cruelty Towards Immigrants Backfiring Politically

Leading political observers are pointing to Trump’s cruelty towards immigrants as a major factor in his sinking poll numbers and the GOP’s sinking prospects in the midterms. A front page article in Sunday’s New York Times by Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns, entitled “The Economy Is Humming, but Trump Is Tweeting. Republicans Are Worried,” includes … Continue reading »

Record Numbers of Immigrant Children in Federal Custody Due to Trump Policies That Fail to Consider Best Interests of Children

Trump’s politically appointed director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) — Scott Lloyd — charged with caring for immigrant children in federal government custody has, once again, failed to consider the best interests of children.   According to CNN today: A record number of immigrant children are in US custody, and it’s likely because … Continue reading »

Vox News: “As many as 1,000 parents separated from their children are getting a second chance to stay in the US”

But, other separated families continue to face a tough road ahead After more than a year of an informal and formal family separation policy — marked by the separation of almost 3,000 children from parents with no system to eventually reunite them, the prosecution and detention of parents for misdemeanors, and the deportation of several … Continue reading »