How Can Migrant Children Be Reunited With Families?

Dwayne Harmon
June 26, 2018

Democratic lawmakers on Saturday said they aren't convinced the Trump administration had any real plan to reunite immigrant families caught along the southwest border, while demonstrators gathered to protest the separation of parents from their children by US border authorities.

Events planned include a rally Saturday in Fort Worth, where the Texas Democratic Convention is being held, and a protest in Homestead, Florida. Demonstrators marched in San Diego carrying signs reading "Free the Kids" and "Keep Families Together" and in other California cities.

After the lawmakers left, dozens of immigrant rights demonstrators temporarily blocked a bus carrying immigrants from leaving the facility, and shouted "Shame!" The delay pushes many to cross the border illegally, activists say.

"These are the American citizens permanently separated from their loved ones". "This is not something that's OK in America today".

Tania Chavez, an unauthorized immigrant who lives in the area and came to the U.S.as a 14-year-old, said she would fast for the migrant children.

Despite the president's prediction of a "Red wave" this autumn, Republicans face an uphill battle in November as they seek to hold on to control of the House and Senate. That required children to be separated from parents because they are not legally allowed to be kept in detention for more than 20 days.

Under expedited removal proceedings, which are used most commonly at ports of entry, an immigration official can evaluate an immigrant's claim and reject it with no involvement by an immigration judge or review board.

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But the Navy has not so far been asked to provide accommodation for migrants who have entered U.S. illegally, and the official, who asked not to be named, stressed that the draft memo, which looks at setting up housing on Navy airfields in Alabama, was for planning purposes only. "They should be letting people go to the outside so they can work and contribute to this country".

They described seeing children sleeping behind bars, on concrete floors and under emergency "mylar" heat-resistant blanks.

Earlier this week, HHS requested that the Pentagon be prepared to house up to 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children at USA military bases.

She says she has been inundated with requests for help from the parents and the list is still growing. "They don't talk about the death and destruction caused by people that shouldn't be here, people that will continuously get into trouble and do bad things", Trump said.

The child was one of those heard crying out - and reciting the number - in an audio recording reportedly made inside a detention centre, which galvanised opposition to the separations.

Demonstrators with the Poor People's Campaign await processing by U.S. Capitol Police after being peacefully arrested at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 21, 2018, where they protested the Trump administration and Congress' policies towards immigrant children and families and the poor. But officials said there were 2,053 minors that were separated at the border and being cared for in federally funded facilities across the USA, as of last Wednesday.

The Trump administration announced plans in April to prosecute all immigrants caught along the southwest border with illegally entering the country. The families in question were first stopped by Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), with children taken into custody by HHS and adults detained through Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice).

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