Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

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

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

As with much to do with the federal government, it's complicated. They're typically held in government custody briefly before being placed with "sponsors", who are usually parents or immediate relatives of the children. "It's a awful thing, we have to break up families". It was subsequently reported that almost 1,500 immigrant children had been "lost" while in federal custody until the end of a year ago.

At the time, the dramatic increase in the number of unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S. -Mexico border had "reached a crisis proportion" by June 2014, with a 90 percent surge in arrivals from 2013, according to Migration Policy.

"When I think about the 1500 lost children and those who are systematically separated from their mothers at the border, I come back to the same thought: If we can't stop this in America we won't stop it anywhere", Castro tweeted on Sunday.

As a mother, an immigrant and a naturalized American citizen who knows firsthand the hardships that exist in numerous countries these families are fleeing from, I am appalled, enraged and ashamed.

At the border, Lee Gelernt, immigration attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), painted a starkly different picture, telling the Post that the real-world consequences of Trump's policies are "as bad as anything I've seen in 25-plus years of doing this work".

Immigration officials transfer unaccompanied minors apprehended at the border to the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, which tasked with placing them "in the least restrictive setting that is in the best interest of the child" as their cases goes through immigration courts.

The government doesn't know where the children are?

After a child is placed with a sponsor, Wagner said that child is no longer in HHS custody and the department is no longer "legally responsible".

The practice has drawn condemnation from Trump critics, who have long accused him of supporting inhumane policies in his efforts to crack down on illegal immigration. In 1,475 cases, nobody picked up the phone. For example, some of the sponsors themselves might be considered illegal immigrants, explaining why they wouldn't want to contact the federal government.

Wagner, during the briefing, dismissed such concerns.

"What's happened is the exception to the rule is now becoming the rule", said Young, who said prosecutions under Obama were far more selective.

HHS recently added 30-day follow-up phone calls to the longstanding program.

A relative of Claudia Gomez, 19, a Guatemalan who was killed by US Border Patrol while trying to illegally enter Texas, in Guatemala City. "It's that simple", Sessions told reporters in San Diego on May 7.

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Despite anti-immigrant feelings in France, President Emmanuel Macron granted the unlikely hero (now dubbed "Spider-Man") legal residency and a quick path to citizenship. Azcentral.com reports that it is "common to have parents entrust their children to a smuggler as a favor or for profit".

GOP leaders are already anxious the ongoing effort by moderates to force a House vote on the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, a program Trump moved to end past year but has been kept alive by the courts, will depress base turnout. As a result, those adults traveling with children are now being separated once detained because children can not be held in adult jails.

"The underlying policies. have not changed", White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller said Tuesday.

President Trump reacted to the outrage in characteristic fashion a day later, blaming Democrats (falsely) for "the terrible law that separates children from parents once they cross the Border", and setting off even more outrage.

President Donald Trump has seized on an error by liberal activists for tweeting photos of detainees at the U.S. -Mexico border in steel cages and blamed the current administration for separating immigrant children from their parents.

"Look at these pictures", tweeted former President Obama's chief speechwriter, Jon Favreau.

People who present themselves at US borders are allowed to claim asylum.

It's unclear why they resurfaced on social media, but Trump took to Twitter Tuesday to condemn Democrats for spreading false information about immigration.

Sessions has railed against the asylum system.

Where it gets more complicated is if a migrant claims asylum.

The controversy over family separation could also complicate attempts by some moderate Republicans to protect themselves from the fallout of Trump's tough rhetoric.

McCain said those blunders were bad because they gave political capital to their opponents, but co-host Joy Behar said the post was insensitive to immigrant families separated by controversial US policies.

In defense of the proposed law, the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, said that the move was specially meant to deter parents from smuggling children into the country.

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