Categories for Children

23,927. 4/11/2019

BORDER/CHILDREN/DHS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump says he’s not looking to reinstate the much-criticized practice of separating migrant families at the border with Mexico. But he says many more migrants are streaming toward the U.S. through Mexico because the practice is no longer in place. Says Trump: ‘I’m the one that stopped it.’ He claims his predecessor, President Barack Obama, is the one who separated children from their families. Trump ended the practice under pressure last year after footage of scores of migrant children housed in fenced-off cages at border facilities was broadcast widely. Trump’s allies are pressing for a harder line on immigration after he cleaned house at the Homeland Security Department. Trump says ‘once you don’t have it,’ meaning the family separation policy, ‘that’s why you see many more people coming.’”

Associated Press, “Trump Says Not Looking to Reinstate Family Separation Policy,” The New York Times online, April 11, 2019

23,859. 4/9/2019

BORDER/CHILDREN/DHS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Kirstjen Nielsen’s image makeover has already begun — but it may be a hard sell. Just days after she announced plans to resign as Homeland Security secretary, Nielsen and her allies are working to rehabilitate her reputation, arguing that she’s not the heartless villain depicted by liberal critics already pressuring big companies not to hire her. Almost as soon as word of her resignation under pressure leaked, Nielsen’s allies began spinning a narrative of her tenure that casts her not as an enabler of President Donald Trump’s most controversial immigration policies, but as a guardrail against even more extreme action. In particular, they stressed that the policy for which Nielsen is most fiercely reviled — separating detained migrant children from their parents — gave her no pleasure, and that she slow-walked or resisted other Trump demands on border security…But it will likely prove difficult for Nielsen to shed her unsavory image. Ultimately, she implemented the child separation policy and other controversial Trump moves rather than resign in protest, as many critics argued she should. And Democrats and their liberal allies plan to continue making her the face of what they view as one of the most outrageous periods of the Trump presidency.”

Andrew Restuccia and Daniel Lippman, “Nielsen’s allies trying to rehab her image for life after Trump,” Politico April 9, 2019 6:50 pm

23,854. 4/9/2019

BORDER/CHILDREN/DHS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Tuesday [4-9-19] claimed that he’s not looking to revive his controversial family separation policy and pushed back against the idea that he’s purging the Department of Homeland Security’s leadership…Even while he denied that he was interested in reinstating the practice, which he brought to a halt last year after a bipartisan outcry, staffing shuffles at the Department of Homeland Security indicate Trump is moving toward a harsher approach to immigration. And on Tuesday, he appeared to make the case for it once again, asserting that the policy had been successful in deterring families from arriving at the southern border. After first denying that family separation was taking place last year, the Trump administration argued that it was simply enforcing the law by charging every adult who was caught entering the country illegally, therefore necessitating the separation. The so-called zero tolerance policy was aimed at deterring migrants from attempting to enter the U.S. illegally. So-called unaccompanied minors separated from their parents were housed in shelters along the border, and images of migrant children behind chain link fences in shelters ill-equipped to handle the sudden influx became symbols of the policy.”

Caitlin Oprysko, “Trump denies there’s any plan to restart family separations,” Politico, April 9, 2019 2:24 pm

23,835. 4/9/2019

BORDER/CHILDREN/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Tuesday [4-9-19] said he was not reviving a policy of separating children from parents who had illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border, one day after media reports that his administration was considering putting it back in place. ‘We’re not looking to do that,’ Trump told reporters before a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, adding a raft of criticisms of U.S. immigration policy and Congress. Outgoing Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen oversaw the ‘zero tolerance’ prosecution policy that required adults crossing the border illegally to be criminally prosecuted. Because children could not be held in federal jails with their parents, the policy led to the separation of parents from thousands of their young children with whom they traveled. The border enforcement stance led to legal challenges and a public outcry that eventually forced the policy’s reversal. Under Trump, federal agencies are trying to stem rising numbers of people arriving at the border, many of them families fleeing violence and poverty in Central America, that swelled last month to the highest in a decade. Republican Trump campaigned in 2016 on a promise to restrict immigration and has made it a central focus of his presidency.”

Jeff Mason and Makini Brice, “Trump says he is not reviving U.S. immigration policy that separated children from parents,” Reuters, April 9, 2019 9:44 am

23,106. 3/6/2019

CHILDREN/DEMS/DHS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Democrats hammered Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Wednesday over President Donald Trump’s attempts to unilaterally expand the southern border wall and the administration’s ‘zero tolerance policy’ that led to thousands of migrant families being separated. Nielsen said the policy was not a ‘family separation’ one but did mandate criminal prosecutions against all migrants, including those crossing the border with children. That forced families to be separated, because children can’t be housed in adult detention centers. Nielsen countered that the administration was simply enforcing U.S. law and the separations were never the intended purpose. ‘The point of it was to increase prosecutions for those breaking the law,’ she told members of the House Homeland Security Committee. As the secretary was being questioned, officials who oversee the administration’s immigration policy were being questioned at three other simultaneous congressional hearings. Democrats in the House Judiciary Committee sharply criticized Trump’s attempts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. And the DHS acting inspector general told members of the Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security, that fulfilling the president’s mandate to hire 7,500 new border officers and agents is highly unlikely.”

Alan Gomez, Deirdre Shesgreen, Neill Borowski and Daniel González, “Democrats attack Trump immigration policy; Kirstjen Nielsen grilled over family separations,” USA Today, March 6, 2019 5:09 pm

22,880. 2/26/2019

CHILDREN/HHS/IMMIGRATION/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/SEX ABUSE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Department of Health and Human Services received more than 4,500 complaints of sexual abuse against unaccompanied minors from 2014-2018, according to internal agency documents released Tuesday [2-26-19] by Florida Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch. In addition,1,303 complaints were reported to the Justice Department during that same time frame, according to the documents. Deutch addressed the documents during a high-profile House hearing Tuesday on the Trump administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy that resulted in thousands of immigrant children being separated from their parents. He said that the documents ‘demonstrate over the past three years, there have been 154 staff on unaccompanied minor, let me repeat that, staff on unaccompanied minor allegations of sexual assault’…Hayes said the vast majority of the incidents were between unaccompanied minors. He said there were 178 incidents of alleged sexual abuse involving facility-staff-on-minor misconduct in the last four years, but those staffers were not federal employees.”

Sophie Tatum, “HHS docs show thousands of alleged incidents of sexual abuse against unaccompanied minors in custody,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, February 26, 2019 2:52 pm

22,816. 2/22/2019

BORDER/CHILDREN/DEMS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “House Democrats are laying the groundwork to subpoena the Trump administration for a trove of documents relating to its controversial migrant family separation policy at the border, according to several sources familiar with the matter. The House Oversight Committee will vote next Tuesday to authorize three subpoenas for the departments of Homeland Security, Justice, and Health and Human Services, teeing up the first subpoena of the panel’s new Democratic majority. Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), who had requested detailed information from the trio of agencies on the family separation issue, notified ranking member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) of his subpoena plans. But Jordan objected, so Cummings agreed to allow the full committee vote on the subpoenas, which are expected to be approved. GOP sources said the agencies have in fact been complying with Cummings’ requests but have been constrained from turning over everything more quickly because of privacy issues and other constraints.”

Melania Zanona, “Dems prepare to subpoena family separation documents from Trump administration,” Politico, February 22, 2019 6:49 pm

22,768. 2/21/2019

BORDER/CHILDREN/COURTS/HHS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A federal judge appeared poised on Thursday [2-21-19] to order the government to fully account for all migrant families that were separated before and after the Trump administration formally announced it’s ‘zero-tolerance’ policy. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw ordered the administration to end the family separation policy on June 26, 2018, and to reunite nearly 3,000 children who were being held in the Department of Health and Human Services at the time of his order. But the ACLU is now asking the judge to expand his order to include families that were separated during the previous year, following media reports and an inspector general report that revealed the administration had an unofficial family separation policy in place as far back as July 2017. Department of Justice attorney Scott Stewart fought back against the ACLU request during a court hearing before Sabraw on Thursday, arguing that the government has gone ‘above and beyond’ to facilitate the reunification of thousands of children with their parents rather than fight the judge’s order ‘tooth and nail.'”

Alan Gomez, “Judge may force Trump administration to reunite thousands more separated families,” USA Today, February 21, 2019 3:28 pm

22,763. 2/21/2019

BORDER/CHILDREN/COURTS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Since the Trump administration announced it would end its practice of separating families apprehended at the southern border last June under its ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy, at least 245 children have been separated from their parents, according to a new court filing. Between late June 2018 and early February of this year, the administration identified 245 children who had been separated, though four of them are under additional review. The administration said the basis for the separation in the majority of cases was ‘criminality, prosecution, gang affiliation or other law enforcement purpose.’ The court document is a status report in an ongoing family separation lawsuit. The court will hold a hearing Thursday. The American Civil Liberties Union originally filed the case against the Trump administration last year on behalf of a Congolese woman, referred to as ‘Ms. L,’ who was seeking asylum in the US and was separated from her 7-year-old daughter. The case was later expanded to become a class-action lawsuit. District Judge Dana Sabraw issued a preliminary injunction last June blocking most family separations at the US-Mexico border and ordering that those already separated be reunited.”

Priscilla Alvarez, “At least 245 children separated from families since Trump admin said it would stop doing so,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, February 21, 2019 11:12 am

22,602. 2/14/2019

CHILDREN/MASS SHOOTINGS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “One year ago today, a horrific act of violence took the lives of 14 students and 3 educators in Parkland, Florida. On this somber anniversary, we honor their memory and recommit to ensuring the safety of all Americans, especially our Nation’s children… https://t.co/MDnSX1BFeW https://t.co/EVAeSwA8oV

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, February 14, 2019 12:30 pm

22,493. 2/7/2019

BORDER/CHILDREN/HHS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A senior Department of Health and Human Services official told lawmakers on Thursday [2-7-19] that he had raised concerns about separating families apprehended at the US-Mexico border to three Trump appointees before the administration’s controversial “zero tolerance” immigration policy was announced…White said he had shared those concerns with then-director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement Scott Lloyd, then-acting Assistant Secretary for Children and Families Steven Wagner and HHS counselor Maggie Wynne. The Office of Refugee Resettlement is a component agency of Health and Human Services. During the hearing, White drew a clear distinction between his agency, which is tasked with caring for and placing unaccompanied children with sponsors in the United States, and the Department of Homeland Security, and repeatedly noted that he did not know the policy would be enacted until it was publicly announced. White said neither he nor any career personnel at the agency responsible for the care of unaccompanied migrant children would ‘ever’ have supported the government policy that led to family separations.”

Priscilla Alvarez and Geneva Sands, “HHS official says he would never have supported family separation tactics,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, February 7, 2019 6:39 pm

22,424. 2/5/2019

BORDER/CHILDREN/HHS/HOUSE OF REPS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A House panel is requesting additional documents from the Department of Health and Human Services related to the administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy that led to the separation of families apprehended along the southern border, after an earlier request went unfulfilled…The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations sent a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar last month requesting that he turn over documents related to family separation following a 2017 draft memo released by Oregon Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley detailing plans to deter migrants, including the “zero tolerance” policy that all migrant adults crossing the border illegally be prosecuted. The letter, among other things, requested ‘documents and communications’ between Health and Human Services Department officials on family separation and ‘all analyses’ related to the decision to require all adults in a potential sponsor household to submit fingerprints, a policy that ended in December.”

Priscilla Alvarez, “House panel requests additional documents on family separation,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, February 5, 2019 6:57 pm

22,366. 2/1/2019

BORDER/CHILDREN/HHS/LAWSUIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration defended its efforts to identify and reunify migrant children who had been separated from their undocumented parents along the US-Mexico border in a response to a court order filed Friday [2-1-19]. US District Judge Dana Sabraw had ordered the administration to respond to a Health and Human Services Department inspector general report as part of an ongoing family separation lawsuit, Ms. L et al. vs. Immigration and Customs Enforcement et al, by Friday. The government included two declarations from officials — Jallyn N. Sualog, the deputy director for Children’s Programs for the Office of Refugee Resettlement, and Jonathan White, commander with the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. White is the HHS’ agency lead in the Unaccompanied Alien Children Reunification Coordination Group. Sualog, who was involved in reunification efforts, and White detail what HHS did to identify children who had been separated and to reunify them, while facing challenges.”

Priscilla Alvarez, “Trump administration defends efforts to identify and reunify separated children,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, February 1, 2019 9:13 pm

21,985. 1/18/2019

BORDER/CHILDREN/HHS/HOUSE OF REPS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A House panel sent a letter Friday [1-18-19] to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar requesting he turn over documents related to the administration’s ‘zero-tolerance’ policy that led to the separation of families apprehended along the southern border. The letter from the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations comes less than a day after a 2017 draft memo released by Oregon Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley detailing plans to deter migrants, including the ‘zero-tolerance’ policy. The memo details plans to separate families months before the ‘zero-tolerance’ policy was announced by the administration. The controversial policy was eventually reversed in a June executive order. Still, a new inspector general report released Thursday [1-17-19] found that ‘thousands’ more children had been separated than previously reported by the government. More than 2,600 children were separated from their parents at the border from April 19 to May 31, after then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered federal prosecutors to pursue criminal charges against all migrants who crossed the border unlawfully.”

Priscilla Alvarez, “House panel demands answers from Trump administration on ‘zero tolerance’ family separation policy,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, January 18, 2019 6:37 pm

21,952. 1/17/2019

BORDER/CHILDREN/HHS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration separated thousands more migrant kids at the border than it previously acknowledged, and the separations began months before the policy was announced, according to a federal audit released Thursday morning…HHS officials involved in caring for the separated children and reunifying families estimated ‘thousands’ of additional children are separated at the border, the inspector general said. The report sheds new light on the Trump administration’s efforts to deter border crossings by separating migrant families. House Democrats who’ve condemned the separations as inhumane have vowed to investigate the administration’s handling of the policy and its health effects on separated children, and the inspector general said additional investigations are in the works.”

Dan Diamond, “Trump administration separated thousands more migrants than previously known, federal watchdog says,” Politico, January 17, 2019 2:43 pm

21,928. 1/17/2019

BORDER/CHILDREN/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration was drafting policy to separate families apprehended at the US-Mexico border as early as December 2017, according to a draft memo released Thursday [1-17-19] night, despite later claims that no such policy existed. Sen. Jeff Merkley released a 2017 memo drafted by senior officials in the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice detailing the plans…The draft memo, which Merkley said he had received via a government whistleblower, provides a snapshot of the extent the administration was willing to go to deter migrants from trekking to the US-Mexico border, ranging from separating families to possibly denying children asylum hearings. It was previously reported by NBC News.”

Priscilla Alvarez, “2017 draft memo details early plans to separate migrant families,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, January 17, 2019 1:21 am

21,824. 1/13/2019

BORDER/CHILDREN/CRIME/IMMIGRATION/SEX ABUSE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Thousands of illegal aliens who have committed sexual crimes against children are right now in Texas prisons. Most came through our Southern Border. We can end this easily – We need a Steel Barrier or Wall. Walls Work! John Jones, Texas Department of Public Safety. @FoxNews”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 13, 2019 10:45 am 

21,785. 1/11/2019

CHILDREN/HHS/IMMIGRATION/TEXAS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “All minors at a massive tent camp for migrant children in Tornillo, Texas, have been have been placed with vetted sponsors, an official with the contractor that operates the facility for the Department of Health and Human Services said Friday[1-11-19-]. The release of the last children at the controversial desert facility comes less than two months after HHS Inspector General Daniel Levinson issued a warning about the camp’s ‘serious safety and health vulnerabilities,’ including a lack of criminal background checks for staff and a ‘dangerously low number of clinicians.’ Tornillo, a stretch of federal land selected by the Trump administration in June to temporarily shelter unaccompanied migrant children, housed nearly 3,000 minors at its peak. The vast majority of the children have been placed with sponsors, and about 300 moved to other facilities while still in the sponsorship process, the official with BCFS, which operates the camp, told CNN on Friday.”

Ray Sanchez and Dianne Gallagher, “All migrant children transferred from controversial Texas tent camp,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, January 11, 2019 3:28 pm

21,547. 12/29/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WALL: “…children in question were very sick before they were given over to Border Patrol. The father of the young girl said it was not their fault, he hadn’t given her water in days. Border Patrol needs the Wall and it will all end. They are working so hard & getting so little credit!”

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 29, 2018 1:36 pm

21,546. 12/29/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/DEMS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Any deaths of children or others at the Border are strictly the fault of the Democrats and their pathetic immigration policies that allow people to make the long trek thinking they can enter our country illegally. They can’t. If we had a Wall, they wouldn’t even try! The two…..”

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 29, 2018 1:30 pm

21,351. 12/18/2018

CHILDREN/HHS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is reversing a controversial policy implemented this summer that immigration advocates say caused thousands of unaccompanied migrant children to remain in shelters for extended periods. The Department of Health and Human Services is no longer requiring fingerprint checks for all adult members of a sponsor’s household when the sponsor applies to take in unaccompanied minors, a spokesperson for the agency said. Sponsors must still be fingerprinted and undergo background checks before unaccompanied minors are released into their care, the spokesperson said. The decision to reverse the policy to the procedures in place before June is because, according to the spokesperson, HHS has determined that the checks of all household members ‘have generally not yielded additional information’ in revealing risks to the children, and the additional checks meant children were staying in HHS care much longer.”

Dianne Gallagher, Devon M. Sayers and Geneva Sands, “Feds reverse fingerprint policy in move expected to speed release of unaccompanied children in HHS custody,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, December 18, 2018 8:10 pm

21,288. 12/16/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/DEMS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Democrats policy of Child Seperation on the Border during the Obama Administration was far worse than the way we handle it now. Remember the 2014 picture of children in cages – the Obama years. However, if you don’t separate, FAR more people will come. Smugglers use the kids!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 16, 2018 11:25 am

20,742. 11/23/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/DHS/IMMIGRATION/LAWSUIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A record number of unaccompanied immigrant children, about 14,000, are currently in US custody, a Health and Human Services spokesman said Friday [11-23-18]. The spokesman, Mark Weber, said the additional requirements put in place by the Trump administration to “reduce risk and increase safety” for immigrant children contributed to the high number…Last spring, the Trump administration heightened scrutiny of adults coming forward to take care of the immigrant children, and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement now conducts exhaustive screenings of the adults. But many of them are undocumented themselves and fearful of ICE obtaining their information. These Trump administration policies are likely keeping these children in custody. Lawsuits have also accused the administration of extending children’s stays, including allegedly holding them intentionally until they turn 18 and are eligible for stricter adult detention. Many of the children do have a legal right to stay in the US, but the legal process can take years. Weber said the high number was also due to the 50,000 Department of Homeland Security referrals of unaccompanied children this year, which he said is the third-highest annual total. DHS referred 59,170 unaccompanied children to HHS in fiscal year 2016, according to a HHS fact sheet, and 40,810 in fiscal year 2017.”

Kate Sullivan, “Record 14,000 unaccompanied immigrant children in US custody, HHS confirms,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, November 23, 2018 4:48 pm

20,722. 11/26/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/DHS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump suggested Monday [11-26-18] that some adults had ‘grabbed’ children at the Southwestern border to better their chances of entering the US while confronting federal agents during an incident Sunday [11-25-18] that resulted in the use of tear gas. Trump — speaking at a roundtable event in Biloxi, Mississippi — described what he called ‘grabbers’ — migrants who grab children and ‘think they’ll have a certain status by having a child.’ He alluded to the people with children in the group as possibly not being their parents…When asked for evidence of his claim by reporters, Trump demurred. ‘It’s a term that’s used because, as you know, many people, it’s a very violent, horrible thing, that they feel they have an advantage when they’re with a young child, and they call them grabbers,” he said. The term ‘grabber’ has not been widely used. In a statement Monday night, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said some members of the group are using women and children as ‘human shields.'”

Kevin Liptak and Kyle Feldscher, “Trump claims migrants grab children to cross southern border for favored status,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, November 26, 2018 5:23 am

20,718. 11/25/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/IMMIGRATION/MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….children from parents, as did Bush etc., because that is the policy and law. I tried to keep them together but the problem is, when you do that, vast numbers of additional people storm the Border. So with Obama seperation is fine, but with Trump it’s not. Fake 60 Minutes!”

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 25, 2018 9:07 pm